Tonawanda News

November 1, 2013

CANDIDATE LETTER: Experience can help North Tonawanda

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — My name is Bob Clark and I am current Alderman at Large in North Tonawanda. My wife, Sue, and I have made North Tonawanda our home after many years away as a member of armed services. I was raised here and graduated from high school here. It is good to be home. During my life, I have had the opportunity to serve my country, now I am focused more close to home as a member of numerous civic organizations and committees. 

Service to our community is what I am all about; I see public office as one way of serving my community.

When we returned to North Tonawanda several years ago, I found that much had changed since I had left many years ago. The industry that had once dotted the landscape now was a distant memory. The economy had changed dramatically, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the other things had remained. The friendly people, the work ethic and the close-knit neighborhoods that have defined North Tonawanda still remained. 

Former industrial sites are now parks, brown fields that are now businesses again, the city has begun moving toward a brighter future. I want to be a part of that new beginning.

I am not a politician and have never aspired to be, but I find myself in a position to be able to bring my experience and expertise to help my community. I have lived many places over the years, I have seen cities moving forward and those sadly in decline, I have taken note of what is working and what is not, and I believe that a fresh perspective is what makes me the best person to serve as your alderman. 

I, like you, want to see a North Tonawanda that is vibrant once again, a city that is growing not shrinking, opening schools instead of closing them, building new neighborhoods not boarding up old ones. I believe our best days are in the future, not in the past. I believe in a new North Tonawanda.

I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council a few months ago. During the interview process, I highlighted my military experience in strategic planning, computer science, emergency management and disaster preparedness, among other things.

The skills I learned over 40 years in the military are something unique I can offer the city, but what I think was the most important part of my interview was when I described my vision of North Tonawanda. 

The fresh perspective that is rooted in what I have seen as a resident, both in our industrial heyday and today, are what I can really bring to the table. I love this city and, with your help on Election Day, I would like to continue the work I have started. I see a brighter days ahead for our city. Let’s get there together.

Bob Clark is the North Tonawanda Alderman at Large.