"I am Michael VandeVelde, and I am running for mayor of our fantastic little village. I have been nominated by the Westfield Democratic Party and the Westfield First Independent Party. I have previously served the village as a trustee under the mayorships of both Ron Catalano and our current mayor.
"I am a lifelong resident of Westfield, having lived here my entire life except for the years 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 winter.
"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 is facing some important decisions. With limited resources, the community needs leaders who can put 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.
"I will bring new energy and a healthy positive attitude to the mayor's office. I will pledge to grow our tax base, to grow our population and to grow our jobs. I will 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 old healthy dose of common sense.
"I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, March 19."