To the editor:
As election time draws near, Haverhill voters are faced with some choices in the upcoming City Council election. As I look at the field, I always try to find the people that will do the right thing for Haverhill in both the short term and the long term. As a voter, Colin LePage stands out to me as one of those candidates.
I have known Colin for over 10 years. I have worked with him as a member of the Board of Directors for the Riverside-Bradford baseball league. His work ethic and attention to detail in a volunteer role are one of his many strong points. Working in a volunteer organization for a youth sport can sometimes be a thankless task. Colin is the type or person that could negotiate with multiple stakeholders and work a problem to an agreed upon solution. To me, this is a great characteristic in a city councilor. His passion for this work is another great characteristic of Colin. He is still a very active leader of this organization and has been for over 10 years.
In his role as a city councilor, I have observed Colin work through and implement a citywide curbside recycling program for the residents. At first, the program was not well received. However, through the hard work of people, like Colin, the program has blossomed and works to not only save the city money but also works to protect the environment for future generations. Once again, Colin’s value of achieving both short term and longer term goals through negotiated solutions has worked for the city. I have also observed during budget discussions, Colin’s attention to detail and analysis save the city money. He has an ability to challenge the status quo while politicking to make people feel like they are in a win-win situation.