Mark Niedergang, Ward 5 Alderman-Elect
Dear friends, supporters, volunteers, Ward 5 voters and residents, and others who care about Somerville:
I had the good fortune to be the winner in the Ward 5 Alderman’s race on Tuesday (11/5/13) by 1,144 (53%) to 961 (44%). Thank you so much for your help in winning the election and making me the Ward 5 Alderman-Elect! I could not have done it without a hundred volunteers, hundreds of donors, a hard-working and capable staff, and a dedicated campaign committee.
It has been a privilege to represent Ward 5 for eight years on the Somerville School Committee. I want to especially thank the voters in Ward 5 for their continuing confidence in me.
To those who did not vote for me, or who supported Courtney O’Keefe, I want you to know that starting in 2014 I will be your Alderman, and it is my goal to serve you every bit as well as those who did support me. The election is over and now it is time to for all of us to work together.
I appreciate that Courtney O’Keefe ran a strong and clean campaign focused on the issues. Courtney was a formidable opponent. She has a great future as a leader in Somerville. I respect her service as Ward 5 Alderman and hope to have the opportunity to work with her and learn from her. She is a class act and will contribute greatly to our city in the years to come.
I want to congratulate Laura Pitone for winning the School Committee seat that I will vacate at the end of 2013. I know Laura well, have seen her in action as a leader, and she will do a terrific job as the Ward 5 School Committee Member.
I am happy and excited to have the opportunity in the coming years to represent Ward 5 on the Board of Aldermen. I will work as hard as I can to provide excellent constituent services to Ward 5 residents. I look forward to charting the course for the future of Somerville, this wonderful city that I love so much.
I will be reaching out to Ward 5 residents to hear your concerns and to better understand what needs to be done to protect our neighborhoods and make Ward 5 and Somerville an even better place. I am pleased that the issues that my campaign focused on – development that benefits residents, affordable housing, local jobs, enhancing the environment, and keeping Somerville’s heart and soul as our city grows and changes – are the same issues that most other candidates focused on across the city. I look forward to serving with old and new members of the Board of Aldermen and working with Mayor Joe Curtatone and his administration to manage development for the benefit of those of us who live here in Somerville.
I encourage you to contact me with any concerns you have or information of which I should be aware.
Somerville School Committee, Ward 5
Ward 5 Alderman-Elect
- Somerville Journal
- Sierra Club of Massachusetts
- Progressive Democrats of Somerville
Magoun Square Neighborhood Association
- SEIU Local 3, Firemen and Oilers
- Carpenters Local Union 218
- Painters & Allied Trades District Council #35
- Floorcoverers Local 2168
- Pile Drivers Local 56