WORK SESSION-MAY 20, 2019 6:00 P.M.
REGULAR SESSION COMBINED
Beth's Campaign Kickoff Speech 2019
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for coming out to support me as I embark on my re-election campaign. Your support means more than you know.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Beth Gilbert. I was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, growing up in the Heights section, graduating from GAR, Wilkes University and later purchasing a home in the Mayflower section of the city.
People like me aren’t supposed to run for office. I do not come from a political family. I do not have a political last name. I do not have a lot of money, and I am not backed by the local political machine. I am a first generation college graduate in my family. My father was a truck driver, my stepfather a house painter, and my mother an office manager.
The section of the city I grew up in made me who I am today. I grew up in a city many people say they are afraid to go to. I went to a high school that many people think is largely worthless or too rough to send their children to. But we know that’s not true, right? We know what our city is made of and it's not what many outsiders think. Our city is made up of hard working families, bright and talented young people, people who are excited about the future and who, if given a chance, can make a difference in Wilkes-Barre.
I wanted to talk a little about the people who make our city so great - the working class. As I said, I come from a working class family. I never had anything handed to me, and I always had to work for everything I have. It’s not lost on me that I grew up on top of “the hill” in the Heights.
The working class not only builds the backbone of our city, but also, unfortunately, bears the brunt of bad fiscal decisions by ineffective city administration. This group of people - the workers of our city - is why I originally sought public office and why I am again asking for your support for a second term.
For too long, administrations have leaned on the working class to not only fund the day to day costs of running our city but paying for the mistakes and misdeeds of a bloated city government. It's gotten so bad that many GOOD people, can’t afford to stay in our city. This is why I have consistently voted against every single tax and fee increase proposed over the past three years.
Our residents simply cannot afford another dime to be taken out of their pockets. Our city administration must turn to other forms of revenue and I will continue to make this a priority of my platform.
In a city where the unemployment rate is double the national average and the average income is well below that of many other places in the country, I will not allow irresponsible government to continue to lean on the working class of Wilkes-Barre. If you vote me back in, I WILL continue to vote for you. I will continue to be your voice.
I know another concern for everyone, including me, is crime. The recent shootings in our city were terrifying enough for me, but when one of the houses involved was a mere two blocks from my sister’s home, that was a huge wake up call.
When my sister has to tell my nephews to get down on their bedroom floors if they hear gunshots, I know we’ve gone to a very bad place in this city and it must end now. If you elect me for a second term, I promise to bring innovative ideas to the city including block captains and exploring police substations around the city. I will not approve a budget that does not include more funding for public safety, including increased funding for both our police and our fire departments.
It won’t be easy but we can do it. We can never give up on our city. We all must fight for it.
Make no mistake - This isn’t just another election. Your choice in this election is between the inexperienced who say they will accomplish things that I have already done, and someone who has actually accomplished what she said she would. Someone who isn’t part of the political machine. Someone who has listened to your concerns over the last 3 years. Someone who has put everything on the line because I care about this community.
We come together tonight because we believe your success shouldn’t be determined by the circumstances of your birth. If you’re willing to work hard, you should be able to find a good job in Wilkes-Barre. If you’re willing to meet your responsibilities, you should be able to own a home, give your kids the chance to do even better -- no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, no matter what you look like, no matter what your last name is.
In closing, I just want to say thank you again for your support. I thank you for giving this kid from the Heights a chance four years ago. I hope I have made you proud, and I hope you will continue to give me the chance to be your representative, and to be your voice.
February 20, 2019
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COUNCILWOMAN GILBERT BRINGS VIRTUAL Q & A TO THE COMMUNITY, HAS ESTABLISHED TOWN TOWN HALL MEETINGS FOR DISTRICT C AND A HEIGHTS-MAYFLOWER RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION. ANYONE IN WILKES-BARRE IS MORE THAN WELCOME TO SEND QUESTIONS IN OR ATTEND ANY OF HER MEETINGS. THE DATES/TIMES ARE ALWAYS POSTED ON FACEBOOK, CITIZENS VOICE, TIMES LEADER AND NOW ON HER WEBSITE. THESE ARE SAMPLES.
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I am pleased to introduce the Facebook page for the Heights-Mayflower Residents Association. Like this page to stay up to date on current information regarding the association, such as our first meeting, future events, and the organization of this association. Spread the word to your fellow Heights and Mayflower friends to help this association get on its
feet. You can private message me if you have any questions regarding the association, or give me a call/text directly at (570) 606-9575.
SAMPLES OF OUR NEWSLETTER AND EVENTS BELOW.....