First and foremost, I hope residents of District One will elect Ed Moynihan to the Worcester City Council. A newcomer to electoral politics, Ed demonstrated his public spirit by co-chairing VoteNoSlots, which successfully lobbied to keep a slot-machine casino out of Worcester, in 2013. Ed, a constable and Holy Cross graduate, has also chaired the city’s Community Development Advisory Committee for four years. He volunteers at St. Peter’s Church kids’ basketball program. He wisely favors reducing the tax burden on local business so as to attract more investment and jobs. He is an intelligent, well-informed, articulate, and independent candidate - not a member of any “machine” - who will bring to the council a much-needed breath of fresh thinking and open-mindedness. In running against a candidate who works in Connecticut, but is still favored by the local political establishment, Ed faces an uphill battle, and needs a heavy turnout of independent-minded voters in order to win.