Pittsfield City Council: Moon steps up for Ward 1

Moon says she was inspired to serve after the election

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PITTSFIELD — Bullish about the city's future, Helen Haerhan Moon wants to represent Ward 1 on the City Council.

Moon announced Thursday morning she plans to take out nomination papers next month in hope of succeeding Lisa Tully in the citywide November election. The critical care registered nurse at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington is the first Ward 1 candidate to emerge since Tully announced on Tuesday she wasn't seeking a third, 2-year term. The out-going incumbent has vowed to remain active in the community.

A native of South Korea, Moon relocated from Longmeadow eight years ago finding Pittsfield a great place to live,

"I'm running because I believe in the good of Pittsfield," she said in an Eagle interview. "I'm invested in making Pittsfield better."

Following the presidential election four months ago, Moon says she felt compelled to get more involved in her neighborhood, her ward, her city.

If elected, Moon plans to be part of the rejuvenation of the Tyler Street/Morningside area through the state-sponsored Transformative Development Initiative. The TDI project, through plenty of public input, looks to improve the housing, business and social opportunities in the Tyler Street area.

Moon also vows to push forward the restoration of the house at Springfield Park.

"Lisa has done a great job with Springside Park and I want to be an advocate for that," she said.

Moon realizes Pittsfield has issues with crime, drug addiction and other social ills, but she hopes to be part of the solutions to those issues. She also wants to be a voice for everyone in her ward and promises to improve the level of inclusiveness and diversity within the city.

"This is a great place to live and I want people to understand that," she said.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233




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