The following nomination paper was submitted by Jodi Langellotti. Local election announcements can be emailed to [email protected].
I am honored to announce my candidacy for the seat of the City Council of Ward 6, Dover. My husband Chris, daughter Sydney, 8, and I have been an integral part of the Dover community since we bought our house on Sixth Street in 2016. We have been drawn to Dover’s vibrant community, its thriving schools. and its rich history.
I believe my diverse professional background, years of volunteering, and military service have prepared me for serving as a city councilor in Dover. Currently, I am the Director of Marketing and Education for a small local pet food company that donates all profits to organizations that support people with disabilities. I worked as a project manager, in operations and as a company trainer. I also had the pleasure of serving as a music teacher in a public school from 2000 to 2008. Throughout my professional career, I have maintained budgets, found alternative funding methods, created and nurtured relationships that increased collaboration, and I have consistently used cost / benefit analysis to justify plans and actions.
It’s no secret that the budget process has become controversial in Dover. I believe we can work together to fund programs, services and our schools in the city, without residential property owners having to leave their homes. We must continue to increase the value of our commercial properties, work with local organizations to maximize available resources and work together to promote statewide policy change regarding how current taxes are allocated to finance. municipal and school.
As a mental health advocate and educator, I have been heavily involved in the grassroots Dover Mental Health Alliance aiming to help Dover understand and address the complexities of mental health. At least 50% of us will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, while one in five of us will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder (this includes our children). Over 80% of our biggest health and social problems, including homelessness, substance abuse issues and criminal activity, are caused by trauma. To help those who face these challenges, we must tackle the root cause. We need to help them access the programs and services they need to learn new skills and reduce the risk of reoffending. Each repeat offense increases the hardship for the individual and his family, as well as increases the cost to taxpayers.
By working with local organizations and coming together as a community, we can begin to tackle some of our biggest challenges when they were founded and create positive long-term solutions without relying solely on municipal services. If we don’t address the root causes, we will continue to chase after it, keeping our community locked in a vicious cycle of underfunding and lack of resources.
During my military career, I have learned to work with people of extremely diverse backgrounds, opinions and life experiences. We learned to support each other as a unit, always caring for each other, even if we didn’t agree or get along. We, the city of Dover, are in the same boat. We can support each other even when we disagree and use our differences to learn from each other. We can move forward united and stronger than ever. I believe I have the experience and skills to help lead this movement for a stronger and brighter future for all of Dover. I would greatly appreciate your vote and support on November 2nd.
If you want to know more, visit jodifordover.com or follow me on social media @ JodiforWard6. I would like to hear from you; I can be contacted at [email protected] or 603-397-9509.