Westfield Leader: Linda Habgood Continuing Door-to-Door Campaign In Ward 1

WESTFIELDLEADERLOGO1000PX.pngNow that primaries are over and the ballots are set for November 7th, I want to take a moment to reach out to my neighbors in Ward 1.

I hope this letter highlights my qualifications and my commitment to our town. As your representative, it will be vital that you know me; but more importantly, it is critical that I know you. Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an unaffiliated, you have my word that I will represent you and achieve our common goal to live in an engaging and vibrant community with an outstanding downtown, excellent schools and smart financial management. As of today, I knocked on 352 doors across our Ward and met almost as many of you personally. My goal of reaching everyone will take several more months, but I hope my actions speak as loud as my words – as your councilwoman, I will work for you.

If I haven’t reached your door yet, I want to share that: I listen, I get results, and I am qualified for the office I seek.
I listen: I hope the conversations we have on your porches, in our downtown eateries and on the train evidence the importance I place on listening, getting to know you and your concerns. I look forward to these conversations as I visit the nearly 2,500 households in Ward 1. You can follow me on Facebook (@LindaHabgoodforTownCouncil) for updates, and information about my next meet and greet in your neighborhood, and upcoming canvassing events.

I get results: I secured over $10 billion in financing for over 1,000 companies worldwide, and I want to bring the tools behind this success to Westfield. With almost 30 years of experience in banking and emerging markets project finance, I’ve learned that unless the correct formula of leadership is in place, a deal can die in the blink of an eye. When I’m working to secure financing for a cable company in Kenya or an agribusiness enterprise in Brazil, I know what it takes to create and sustain successful outcomes.

I am qualified for the office I seek: Structuring financial solutions that bridge public and private interests is at the core of my professional career. I have an MBA from Wharton, have worked in a U.S. government development agency, achieved successes on Wall Street and am a partner in an international financial advisory firm. I am already rolling up my sleeves, eager to dig into our town’s budget numbers to make sure your tax dollars are working hard for you. I want to explore avenues for new revenue streams and will work diligently to cut costs. We need new ideas and effective, time-tested financial management in Westfield; I have all the bona fides and desire to deliver.

Additionally, as a 17-year Westfield resident I’ve been an ardent and dedicated community leader and mom, working with fervor to raise money we need for important projects. I co-led the successful effort to pass the bond that established Lincoln School; I directed, produced and danced in the (almost) world-renowned Washington School Show; I serve on the board of our widely-revered Westfield Symphony (now called the NJ Festival Orchestra), and this week I will don my hat of youth advisor for the fourth time on the Presbyterian Church’s mission trip to North Carolina, leading 71 youth in their service to a community devastated last fall by Hurricane Matthew. In all of my roles as a leader in our town, I have learned what it takes to represent, serve and achieve results in our greater Westfield community.

I’ve had the privilege and honor to work alongside 30-plus Westfield High School interns who have volunteered their time to get involved and make a difference. I want to thank them for their inspiration, encouragement and enthusiasm. Words cannot express how energized I am by them and YOU to continue to make Westfield an even better place. Congratulations to the 2017 graduating class and their families!

Over the next few months, please look for me on your front steps! Answer the door and challenge me. I want to listen, formulate a plan to meet our common goals and win in November so that I can get to work.

Linda Habgood, Candidate Council Ward 1, Westfield

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