WORCESTER – Since announcing his intention to run for the District 1 City Council seat all the way back in April, Sean M. Rose has identified and zeroed in on a group of constituents he believes deserves to have a peace of mind when it comes to public safety.
“Over the course of the campaign, my concern for this area’s senior citizens has consistently grown. They have a lot of anxiety around issues of public safety that needs to be alleviated. They’re worried about snow plowing, crime, and not understanding what resources may be out there for them,” Rose said in an interview on August 25.
“Seniors are a group that I’m really hoping to fight on behalf of,” he added.
Rose, 41, originally of Middleboro, lives at 14 Dubiel Road in Worcester with his wife Maureen (White) Rose, a special education teacher in Worcester. The couple have four daughters ages 15,12,11 and eight.
Rose is a graduate of Lesley University and received his Master’s degree from American International College. Currently, he is the executive director of the Justice Resource Institute in Connecticut.
Beyond improvements to neighborhood streets and sidewalks, Rose lists upgrades to firefighter equipment, adding more police officers and police routes in the city, and clearly communicating what kind of services the city currently offers and provides to senior citizens as improvements to the quality of life for the older residents of Worcester.
On Aug. 29, in response to Rose’s call for public safety improvements, the Worcester Firefighters’ Union officially endorsed Rose’s candidacy for city council.
“Not to be cheesy or cliche, but the more positive support we get, it’s the fuel for us to continue to get out there. That’s the thing that keeps me going. It’s always keeps me motivated,” Rose said.
Rose said he likes the momentum of his campaign heading into the preliminary election on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
“I feel pretty good about it. There’s a part of me that knows that I’ve hit more than 1,000 doors, but there’s another part of me that says I would have liked to hit even more,” Rose said.
Rose added, “There’s a challenging of campaigning in the summer with a lot of people not being home and away on vacation. I feel pretty confident. As I learn about some of the other candidates positions, I feel even more uniquely qualified for the job. We feel really good.”
There are three other candidates running against Rose in next week’s election, but he believes that he’s done enough to separate himself from the pack.
“The other candidates have listed their three or four main platforms to run, I find a lot more value in listening to people and hearing their concerns. In addition to that, hearing about all of the positive things happening in their neighborhood. For me, that’s really the best part of my campaign experience – staying objective and listening to people,” Rose said.
“I will continue to serve in the same ways that I’ve been doing already – being involved in youth sports, volunteering my time to youth organizations,” Rose said.
On the day of the preliminary election, Rose will be hosting a campaign event at Quinn’s Irish Pub on West Boylston St. in what he hopes will be a victory celebration.
“We are hoping that we make the cut. We hope that we get to have a great celebration and a moment to recharge our batteries and keep things moving towards November,” Rose said.
For more information on Sean Rose, please visit his campaign website: seanforworcester.com.