My name is Robert Emery. I am running for South Bend Common Council for the 5th District seat currently held by Republican David Varner.
I have spent most of my adult life advocating for awareness of and research funding for Myotonic Dystrophy, since my diagnosis 7 years ago. In my advocacy work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a Citizen Committee Appointee on the Common Council, I have learned to recognize needs. Now I want to be in a position to address those needs.
I am running because I see a need for more adequate representation for the 5th District. Roads are crumbling. Long stretches of main roads (Ireland Road) are without sidewalks, creating a safety hazard. Too many storefronts are vacant. All of this has happened under the representation of Dr. Varner, who seemingly has been operating as an At-Large Councilman, instead of representing the 5th District who voted him into office.
If given the opportunity to serve the 5th District as Councilman, I will work to 1.) Address the infrastructure needs of the 5th District. 2.) Invest more in programs for our youth to deter them from crime and give them hope for a better future. 3.) Make the Council more accessible to the public by requiring Council members attend the neighborhood association meetings in their respective districts.
I am not naive to think that I can win this race without a fight. But South Bend is worth that fight. That is who we are. When an article is published saying South Bend is a dying, unhappy city, our city stood up with a righteous defiance to any label that might limit our potential. Throughout my life, I have fought an uphill battle with that same righteous defiance. Through being raised barely above the poverty line, holding part-time jobs throughout high school to help the family make ends meet, and forgoing college to work full time to help provide for my family, I have worked hard and fought for everything, just like so many here in South Bend. As your 5th District Councilman, I will work just as hard for South Bend. To create a united, stronger, and greater South Bend.
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