by Bill Conrad
My name is Bill Conrad and I am announcing my candidacy for a seat on the Lewiston Town Board. I will be running to fill out the rest of the term of the seat vacated by Ernie Palmer. Earlier this year, I was appointed to take Mr. Palmer's spot on the Town Board after he stepped down.
I have taken the opportunity of serving on the Town Board with great pride and humility. In doing so I have worked hard to get up to speed on all of the important issues facing our town. I have had the opportunity to respond to emails, phone calls and letters from people in our community who I have tried to help. This is likely the most satisfying part of being a public servant, helping people within your community.
Being a member of the board has been an enlightening experience as well. So many things are going on here that most of us either don't have the time to appreciate them, or time to get involved. Well, I love being involved and in the thick of things. That is the reason why I placed my phone number and email address on the town's website. I want to hear from you. I want to do whatever I can to help you in whatever way I can as your councilman.
How can anyone truly represent his constituents without having good two-way communication with them? Well, you can't really. And I don't care what political party you belong to, if you are a resident in the town then I want to talk to you. And I want to know what issues you think are important and what actions you want your Town Board to take dealing with those issues. I am not here for me, I am here for you.
Hopefully, you will understand that my goal couldn't be more sincere or honest. I have no hidden agenda. I will work with the other board members as well as our newly elected supervisor. And like you, I think for myself. I am not some sheep who blindly follows the flock. However, I am open-minded and willing to listen to everyone's ideas. If they are good for the Town of Lewiston, they are good for me, too. And I don't care whose ideas they are, either. If our supervisor has a good idea, I'll support him. If another board member has a good idea, I'll support him. But, I will not support a bad idea no matter whose idea it may be.
I honestly believe that all of the things I have done in my life will serve me very well as your town councilman. And I make a sincere pledge to all of you in the town, village and hamlet of Sanborn that I will work tirelessly for all of you equally. I have always been of the opinion that after elected (or appointed) politicians should perform their duties without the blinders of political party affiliation. We all live in Lewiston, and we all love this area.
I would like to be a catalyst in a new era of cooperation and transparency along with the supervisor, Town Board members, Village Board, village mayor and my neighbors in Sanborn. We can do great things, but we all have to be on the same team, work through our differences, and do what's best for our town/village/hamlet. I respectfully ask for your support on Election Day by voting for Bill Conrad, as your town councilman.
As a retired army major and veteran, I ask you that in this time of remembrance and reflection to say a prayer for our men and women, husbands and wives, and sons and daughters who are deployed overseas. And pray with the hope that they all return home soon and safely from standing in harm's way, on our behalf.