State Rep. Paul Brodeur officially kicked of his bid for Mayor of Melrose last Thursday night. Surrounded by over 150 supporters, Brodeur spoke of his passion for the city and all Melrosians.
“I am running for mayor of Melrose because Melrose matters,” Brodeur said to a packed room at Mexico Lindo Restaurant, “Melrose matters to me, to you, to all of us and our families.”
Touching on issues that will be at the forefront of his campaign, like education, economic development, spending transparency for taxpayers and expanding the arts and culture community, Brodeur talked about his commitment to the city and emphasized why his experience representing Melrose would be an asset as mayor.
“As a resident, a former alderman and your state representative, I have that vision and experience to lead our city forward into the future,” Brodeur added. “I will draw from my experience to bring innovative ideas to City Hall that will benefit everyone in Melrose. As I always have, I will make sure every voice is heard and will bring people together to find common ground because our future is about all of us -- young and old, newcomers and longtime residents.
In introducing Brodeur, his wife, Liz, underscored his vision and commitment to the city: “Since Norm and Lia Brodeur moved to Warwick Road in 1969, Melrose has been at Paul’s core. It is the center of his childhood, the foundation of his education and the genesis of a circle of friends he has maintained for almost 50 years. I know that no one has more passion for Melrose or cares more about the people who live here. And no one can match the experience and skill that Paul will bring to the office of mayor from the very first day. With Paul in the mayor’s office, together we can ensure that Melrose remains this special place we all know it to be, the place where we raise and educate our kids, take care of our seniors and support our local businesses, now and into the future.”
Brodeur, who is currently the state representative representing Melrose, was the first mayoral candidate to turn in enough nomination signatures to be officially on the ballot for the September preliminary election.