Letter to the Editor: Candidate for Register of Deeds Jonathan Ring
I would like to thank everyone who signed my nomination papers, putting me on the ballot in the November 6th general election, and allowing me the opportunity to run for the office of Register of Deeds, Essex County Southern District. I feel blessed to live in a community that values democracy and wants to have many different choices on the ballot. I look forward to meeting you, the voters, in this district – I hope I can earn your support going forward in this election.
As a lifelong North Shore resident in Massachusetts, who comes from a large immigrant family from Portugal, I have been very involved in my home town of Rockport. I grew up in a close nit family, I went to a great school system in Rockport, and later Salem State University, and I grew up and live in a wonderful town.
I want to be your next Register of Deeds because I believe strongly in serving the community that has given so much to me. As your Register of Deeds, I want to produce a government that is accountable and serves you, the voter, tax payer, and home owner. Your home is one of your most valuable assets and you need a Register who is trust worthy and accountable to you and who will protect your deeds in the Registry office.
I hope to support the kind of reform that eliminates conflicts of interests by pushing for new guidelines and laws that will prohibit Registry employees from donating campaign monies to Register candidates. It makes it harder for you as the voter to hold an elected official accountable when that official depends on his office staff to support his or her re-election each time. Also, no employee should ever feel that his or her job depends on political connections and contributions. In addition, I will Term Limit myself for this position (no more than 2 terms) and I will support efforts to enact term limits for all elected officials, which will help us as citizens keep government accountable at all levels.
Two years ago, I was elected to the Rockport Housing Authority where I’ve successfully pushed for greater transparency in financial reporting of Section 8 expenses, spearheaded an initiative to publish our Housing Authority financials in the town report, supported the inclusion of a tenant representative on the Housing Authority, and fought for the rights of tenants in public housing. When I was a member of the Rockport Historical District Commission, I always voted to preserve the historical character of Rockport while respecting the rights of homeowners. I believe that I have the right qualities and experience necessary to manage and lead the Registry and I know that you can trust your deeds with me as your next Register of Deeds! Thank you for your consideration. To learn more, please visit my website at www.jonathanring.org. The election is on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 – Please vote Ring for Register of Deeds.
Register of Deeds
Southern Essex District