PEABODY, MA – Ed Charest is seeking a fourth term to represent Ward 4 on Peabody City Council.
The 57-year-old, who previously served on the Peabody School Board for eight years, graduated from Barnstable High School and worked as a pastry chef for 40 years.
He said he seeks to be an experienced voice on city council who represents first and foremost the interests and well-being of his constituents.
The municipal general elections are held on November 2.
To continue to provide my constituents with excellent representation and excellent service.
The most pressing problem our city faces is __, and that’s what I intend to do about it.
The most pressing problem our parish faces varies depending on the part of the parish you live in and the stage of your life. I intend to approach each problem as it presents itself to me independently of the others, giving it the time and attention it deserves.
What are the critical differences between you and other candidates for this position?
The most important difference between me and my opponent is that I have years of experience as an elected official and understand the delicate balance required when working with voters. My past experience has been to represent the interest and the well-being of my fellow citizens while the experience of my opponent is in the interest of the town hall or the promoters.
How do you think the local authorities reacted to the coronavirus? What if something would you have done differently?
I personally sought advice and guidance from the Director of the Board of Health. I think she did a great job leading local officials at an unprecedented time. None of us had ever experienced a pandemic or a public health crisis of this nature before and our success depended on our ability and willingness to work together and learn from each other.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Another issue our neighborhood is currently facing is development on King Street. As I have supported from the start, I have done my best to guide and advise my constituents on the least invasive and best option available to us. I have never been in favor of a 40B development and opposed the proposal when my opponent supported it.
Another issue about to be resolved is the water pressure in the Brooksby Farm area. After years of unfulfilled complaints prior to my tenure, I was able to tackle this problem head-on. When I took office, I made a commitment to work to improve the pressure of the abyssal water at Brooksby Farm. I have worked tirelessly with various departments across the city and recently a new pumping station was installed to help support this neighborhood. This project is not yet complete (approximately 95% complete) and I look forward to its completion.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?
Nearly complete water pumping station in the Brooksby Farm neighborhood. Redirect the MBTA bus to a more suitable route. Reduce the size and scope of developments at sites like Richardson Road, Wheatland Road, Farnham Road, etc. Improvements in the overall quality of life for all neighborhoods, including efforts for more open spaces throughout the city. Immediate responses to all correspondence from constituents.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
“Stay on the side of the angels.” of former senator Fred Berry
What would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I would like constituents to know that I take this role very seriously. I consider this work to be a work of the heart and I do it in the best interests of all my constituents every day. My first priority has been and will continue to be my constituents.
I believe in the importance of honesty, integrity and transparency and am willing to go beyond the call of duty to do the right thing.