City Councilor at Large Doug Gutro today announced his candidacy for Mayor stating that “to make Quincy great again, we need ideas, we need new talent,” in a three and a half minute video broadcast on www.douggutro.com.
Noting his thirteen years of experience on the Quincy City council and that he and his wife, Sue, are raising two boys who attend Quincy Public Schools, Gutro said, “The strength of our City comes from our neighborhoods and like many of you, I am troubled by the current path we are on.” “Our current administration has a history of wasting tax payers’ money, unfulfilled promises for economic growth and decision making without public discussion that takes our residents for granted,” Gutro added.
Pointing squarely at the failure to successfully redevelop downtown Quincy, Gutro said “One of our City’s greatest assets is our proximity to Boston and we’re not taking advantage of that.” Gutro continued, “The promised rebirth of our downtown has taken a major step backwards while cities along the red line like Somerville, Cambridge and Boston have prospered in a growing economy.”
Characterizing the responsibility to get Quincy’s downtown development vision right as a generational opportunity, Gutro added “We cannot allow the opportunity that a downtown economic engine represents for our sustainable ability to invest in our schools, in our public safety, in our neighborhoods, in our future, to slip through our hands,” Gutro said.
Emphasizing the importance of Boston connectivity options for Quincy residents as vital for Quincy’s economic growth and desirability, Gutro criticized the recent loss of MBTA commuter ferry service. “Last year, we lost commuter ferry service while Lynn gained service and Hingham and Hull got our boats,” Gutro said.
Gutro criticized the Koch Administration for its decision to not appeal new flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the hardships it has created for affected residents, the detrimental impact to the City’s residential real estate market and the cost to all tax payers. “While other communities have appealed the federal flood maps, this administration elected not to, and didn’t even let us know that appeal was an option,” Gutro said. “That decision ultimately cost every homeowner and tax payer hundreds if not thousands of dollars,” Gutro added.
Gutro also made known his strong disappointment in high profile controversies where the Koch Administration failed to properly require accountability and demand transparency in management of city government. “We witnessed a state takeover of our Housing Authority and rather than hold people accountable, this mayor actually lauded the authority’s performance,” Gutro stated. “And when a city is cited in national news stories for withholding, mishandling and illegally destroying public records, you begin to understand why we aren’t winning awards as a well-managed city,” Gutro added. Local coverage of Quincy’s Public Works Department burning public records and the Commissioner’s glib response made national news journal call outs from journalists like Bill Moyers.
“This type of behavior from this administration, regrettably, isn’t isolated, unfortunately, it’s become cultural,” Gutro declared. “And it’s not going to change unless we chose a new mayor,” Gutro said. Continuing, Gutro maintained, “When it’s clear that we are on the wrong path, I believe that it’s the responsibility of leaders to speak up and offer alternative visions and in running for mayor, that’s what I’m doing.”
Pointing to his professional experience as a federal administrator and manager, Gutro stressed the importance of bringing effective management techniques embraced by well-run cities to Quincy. “For the past twenty five years, I’ve worked in the federal government with municipal leaders across New England,” Gutro stated. “I’ve travelled across the state and the region and I’ve met with mayors and town managers to take their best practices and implement them elsewhere,” Gutro said. “I’ll do the same thing as your mayor,’ Gutro declared.
Looking toward the months ahead, Gutro explained, “Campaigns are about the future. I look forward to rolling out new ideas in the months ahead that will restore faith in city government.”
Gutro pledged a campaign that will be issue, vision and accountability driven. “I like Tom Koch,” Gutro said very clearly. “But our city’s off track,” Gutro added. “I intend to lead a culture of transparency which gives every resident a voice and a culture of accountability in your city government,” Gutro concluded.