"Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped."
Robert F. Kennedy
"Committed to Community, Dedicated to Progress"
My name is Beth Gilbert. It is with great honor that I run as a Democrat for the Wilkes-Barre City Council District C seat, which covers the Heights/Mayflower/Downtown District C sections of Wilkes-Barre. My goal, as a member of city council, is to restore the faith that residents have lost in our city that is thriving with potential. I am looking for a fresh start for Wilkes-Barre. As a 20-year-old, lifelong resident and a current student at Wilkes University, I see it as my goal to ensure that our city is a safe, culturally flourishing and economically prospering city in which each of us is proud to call home.
I am currently a junior at Wilkes University where I major in Political Science and International Studies with minors in Women's Studies and Policy Studies. I am a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a Political Science Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Pi, National Society of Leadership and Success and the International Studies Club.
As a former student of Heights Murray Elementary School, I graduated as Distinguished Scholar from G.A.R. High School in 2012 and served as Mantle Orator for my class. I previously served several sessions on Junior City Council for the City of Wilkes-Barre during my tenure at G.A.R. High School. Demonstrating my commitment to the city of Wilkes-Barre since a young age, I was an altar server for Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Heights for seven years, culminating in receiving the Bishop's Youth Award, which honors youth who demonstrate excellence in parish and community life.
I have volunteered with Valley Santa, Key Club, Building Bridges and Wilkes-Barre city clean up days. I have garnered accolades for my civic dedication winning the James P. Fisher Leadership and Commitment to Action Award and placing 2nd in the statewide Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities Essay Competition with my essay on a renaissance for the city of Wilkes-Barre.
The goals that I have set for our city cannot be accomplished without residents of Wilkes-Barre possessing confidence in their elected leaders. As councilwoman, I will be accessible and understanding. I want residents to feel comfortable approaching me for any issues they might have. I will also work hard to safeguard our neighborhoods first. This must be accomphished by reaching out to other cities that have conquered the same hurdles Wilkes-Barre is now fighting. As a political science and international studies major at Wilkes University, I have learned of many beneficial elecments of the government that will help in making this dream a viable reality. As a policy studies minor, my education has shown me exactly how to implement the idea of a safer Wilkes-Barre. As an active member of my community, I have learned how to effectively communicate with residents from every corner of the city. As councilwoman, I will encourage all members in our community to bring their voices to the forefront to be heard and acknowledged.
I look forward to serving you and each my future constituents, and I am very appreciative of your support.
Looking forward to the future,
Wilkes-Barre City District C Map
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