At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman was the first to pull papers for re-election this morning at Springfield City Hall. Lederman was joined by his family and supporters for a rally on the steps of City Hall prior to pulling papers.
“It is a great honor to serve the people of Springfield, and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish together with the community and my colleagues on the City Council,” said Lederman, who was elected to the Council in 2017, “In the last 14 months, among many initiatives, we have passed landmark legislation to guarantee more funding for neighborhood infrastructure and quality of life projects in the future, passed legislation to ensure that developers who received tax breaks hire local residents, established the first ever Standing Committee on Sustainability and Environment, worked collaboratively to secure state and local funding for innovative public safety initiatives, and worked to bring needed attention to nuts and bolts government issues like street lighting and being able to connect with local 911 dispatch via cell phones – but there is more to be done.”
Lederman said that so far his first term on the City Council has made two things even clearer for him:
“Local government works when we bring the community together to make it work, we benefit from more voices being at the table. And we can’t shy away from the complicated issues, nor can we neglect the neighborhood quality of life issues that impact our residents every day,” said Councilor Lederman.
Lederman is prepared to run on his record, and said he is proud of his vote against raising salaries for elected officials in the city.
He is also proud of his work to bring Town Hall style meetings to neighborhoods across the city, facilitating discussions between residents and local elected officials at every level, a practice he says he will continue.
“Through our Town Hall style meetings we have engaged hundreds of residents in the process of local government,” said Lederman "The opportunity to interact with local government should be easy and often, and should generate results. My goal is to always be accessible.”
Councilor Lederman says he looks forward to the start of the campaign season, and will campaign through a grassroots door-to-door operation as he did in 2017, in addition to continuing his presence at community events and meetings across the city. While he looks forward to the campaign season he will also be continuing an ambitious agenda in the Council Chambers.
“I will be bringing forward legislation this session that aims to increase voter turnout and involve more people in the decision making processes of local government,” said Lederman “I also look forward to co-chairing the Council’s upcoming hearing on housing issues in the city.”
In addition, Lederman is encouraging the Springfield Police Department to pursue state and national accreditation to ensure the agency is in line with nationally established best practices for law enforcement.
“I do not plan to slow down the pace,” said Lederman.
Councilor Lederman will hold a formal re-election kickoff event in the coming months. He can be reached via his website www.JesseForSpringfield.com or by phone at (413) 285-3041.