VandeVelde seeks re-election as Westfield mayor

WESTFIELD — Michael VandeVelde is running for re-election as the mayor of Westfield.

He released the following statement:

“I am Michael VandeVelde and I am running for my third term as mayor of our fantastic little village. I have been nominated by the Westfield Democratic Party.

“I have previously served the village as a trustee under Ron Catalano and currently as mayor. We have put together a fabulous team to direct the future of the village; myself for mayor and Robert Cochran and Alan Holbrook for trustees. This is a group that was born and raised in our community. We are Westfield through and through.

“We have the vision to move Westfield forward in these tough times. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it is time to move backwards.

“I am a lifelong resident of Westfield having lived here my entire life, except for the years that I was away in the military. Following my time serving in the U.S. Navy as a Poseidon Missile Technician, I returned to Westfield to lead the construction crew for Dicar Pools and drove tractor-trailer for Worster Trucking during the winters.

“In 1980, I was hired at Fredonia State University, where I worked for the next 30 years as a computer operator, coordinator of admin user services and, finally, as assistant director of Computing Services.

“I served on numerous boards while at Fredonia, including New York state’s Computer Center Advisory Board for 12 years.

“Westfield continues to face some important decisions with limited resources. The community needs leaders who can put our money where it will do the most good. The only way to do that is by bringing people together and creating the kind of consensus we need.

“The trustees and I have brought a new energy and a healthy positive attitude to the village board. I pledged to grow our tax base, to grow our population and to grow our jobs. That is all happening here in Westfield.

“I said four years ago that I would provide the village of Westfield with a strong vision, competent leadership and independent thinking based on my 30 years in state service, my local family roots and a good ole’ healthy dose of common sense. I have done that and promise to continue to lead us to even better times.

“We have improved the fiscal health of our village. Budgets have been held under control and look promising for the near future. The Westfield Development Corporation and our director of DPW continue to write and receive grants for the village, in just four years totaling close to $4 million. That’s money for upgrades that we don’t have to get from our taxpayers or ratepayers.

“I ask that you come and be part of our transition and I humbly ask for your vote on, Tuesday, March 21.”