To the Editor:
For months, I’ve had to deal with the following question: “Ernie, are you running for re-election?” Two years ago, I met with two individuals, asking them one at a time if they would consider running for my office if I decided not to run. They both politely said no and suggested I run again. It’s now 2012 and another election season is fast approaching, and I keep hearing from some (many), “Ernie, we need you; don’t give up.”
To them, and to all residents of District 2, I’ve made a decision based on four visits with men of medicine this past week, as well as talks with my family. I will not be a candidate for office this year, but I’m certainly not walking away from the many problems taxpayers of Johnston are faced with today. I may even re-enter the political arena as a candidate in the future, but for now I will be working to form a group of responsible citizens who believe we need to change some of the players from those who are more concerned about self than in doing what’s right for all.
I believe that’s the best I can do to repay the many who have supported me over the years. While you had a belief in me, I still maintain that same belief and concern for you today, as when I spoke with you in your homes or when we met each other during our travels around town. Johnston can and will become a better place to live, work and play, but only if you become and stay involved. My 30 years of involvement with, and in, this town’s government has taught me to look beyond what you’re told, and search for the truth. It is there if you really want to know. Remember, open minds are great, only if you are willing to learn from the past.
A sincere thank you to all who have supported me in the past, but I must remind you: I will still be involved, as I stated earlier. I thank all of you who have allowed me to enter your homes in the past, and I will be visiting with you again in the future, at a somewhat slower pace, of course, but with the same passion for a better Johnston for all.
My respect for you will always be there. Thank you, once again, and prepare yourselves for more visits from Pitochelli.
Ernest F. Pitochelli Sr.
District 2 Councilman