November 5, 2019
Tonight caps a long election season. Throughout the year, I’ve met thousands of Medford residents from all corners of our amazing city. I’ve been overwhelmed by your energy, your ideas, and your passion. Thank you.
The results of today’s election confirm what we’ve heard throughout the year. That Medford is a fantastic place but we need a change of direction from the Mayor’s office to take our next step forward. I am thrilled to be a voice for change in City Hall come next year. I am thrilled to make change TOGETHER.
To my amazing supporters. My friends and family, people I’ve gotten to know as City Councilor, and to people I’ve just met through this campaign. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Our campaign was a grassroots campaign of volunteers. We made this result possible by connecting with neighbors, sharing ideas for change, and listening to feedback. We talked about our plans and our values. We made a commitment to transparency in all we do. We worked hard, really hard.
I know campaigns can be difficult. I know of a lot of households where the two spouses were split; one voted for myself and one for Stephanie. I urge my supporters and everyone who cares about our city to embrace ONE Medford and to think about this result graciously and with respect for one another.
To Mayor Burke and her supporters. Thank you for a positive conversation about the future of our City. I want you to know that I am committed to earning your trust as Mayor. My Administration will be open to all and your ongoing engagement in our City’s work will be valued and appreciated. I know it will take time, but I want you to know that I am committed to leading a unified community. I want to build consensus in the areas where we can all agree Medford needs to move forward.
Over the coming weeks, I will outline our approach to the pending transition and will say more about the priorities we will focus on at the outset of the Lungo-Koehn Administration. I intend to form a transition committee, which will have subcommittees on the following three topics:
2) Parking and city services
3) Planning, development and zoning
We’ll use these subcommittees to gain additional feedback on how to hit the ground running in January. Again, to Mayor Burke’s supporters, I would love for you to be represented on our transition committee and will be reaching out to ask for your help.
I also want to congratulate all the talented individuals who were elected to the City Council and to the School Committee. Your partnership will be vital to moving our City forward. I plan to see you often and collaborate together.
The theme of our campaign was unity, community, integrity. These values will be part of everything we do, and you can also add transparency and action to that list.
The work is just getting started. I got here by listening, by working hard and by following through. I am going to take a few days to rest, reflect on the campaign, and then we’ll be back to work doing those some things. Medford is strong and we’re going to get even stronger.
Thank you. God bless.
– Mayor-elect of the great City of Medford