Thank you for your wonderful welcome--it's a pleasure to be here to talk to you today. Please hold your applause until the end.
In case there's anyone here who doesn't know me, my name is Rick Sainsbury, and I'm running for the U.S. Congressional seat for the First District in Massachusetts. But first, I'll be on the ballot in the primary this fall, and I hope you'll come out and vote for me.
I'm new to politics, but I've been a successful businessman for more than a decade. Right now I'm CEO of Pioneer Valley Construction Management Company, but some of you here may remember it when it was Sainsbury Construction, which my father founded. Sure, I followed in my father's footsteps, but in the years since I took over from him, I've expanded the company into new areas and brought in new technologies, and now it's the largest and most diversified construction company in the region—and I've also added quite a few new jobs. But our local roots go deep: the majority of our business has always been in western Massachusetts.
I'm also a hometown boy, born and raised in Granford. I used to play football in high school here, and I'm proud that our team made it to the state championship when I was quarterback. Great bunch of guys—and I've asked some of them to join me on my campaign team.
But I couldn't have gotten this far without the help and support of my lovely wife Miranda. In fact, it was her father who told me that I ought to think about running for office. You may remember that for many years he was a state senator, so he knows how local politics work, and I'm grateful to him for his guidance from Day One of my campaign.
Granford is like so many other small towns these days—struggling to get by, when local industry has dried up and people have had to move away just to find work. It's a terrific town filled with good people who really care about the place, and I want to help turn it around, along with all the other towns in this district. I think my hands-on business experience will be a big help with that. And I truly believe that as someone new to this game, I bring a fresh eye and some innovative ideas to the playing field.
I hope that support from you, my old friends and classmates here in Granford, like Seth Chapin—hey, Seth, you in the crowd here?—will help me win the primary and move on to the November election. Granford has always been good to me, and now I want to give something back to the town.
So vote for Sainsbury for the First District!