For the last five years, I have had the honor of serving as President of the Somerville Board of Aldermen. During these years, I am proud to have worked with our Board of Aldermen to promote changes in the way that the Board of Aldermen functions. We amended our Rules and then the City Charter to eliminate the prior practice of aldermen nominating their successors when they resigned from office. We also recently enacted ordinances prohibiting the hiring of aldermen for city positions for one year after they retire and prohibiting the hiring of relatives of members of the Board of Aldermen. I also worked to update the Board of Aldermen page on the City’s web site to make it one of the most transparent web pages of all boards of aldermen and city councils in Massachusetts. Folks can find the history of all items that are, or have been, before the Board of Aldermen, the discussion that has taken place on those items, and the disposition of those items. People also can view all documents that are presented to the Board relating to any items that are before it. As President of the Board of Aldermen, I have also serve on the Somerville School Committee. During the five years of my service on the School Committee, I am proud to have worked with our School Committee and administration as our school district has continued to move forward. It is now identified as one of the top performing urban school districts in Massachusetts.