I am a Colby College student who has lived in Waterville for the past three years and will be living on Main Street beginning in August. I have met Mayor Nick Isgro, as I spent the past summer working with the South End Neighborhood Association and other community organizations. He treated me and those I worked alongside with kindness and respect.

Which is why I have to express my disappointment in the mayor’s statements regarding many different communities, including immigrants, people of color, queer young people, and victims of domestic abuse — communities that are all present both within Colby and Waterville generally.

The mayor’s lack of apology for these statements, as well as his refusal to disavow the aggressive rhetoric of many of his supporters, shows his failure to represent the values of the members of the Waterville community that have welcomed me and my friends with open arms.

I believe that it is not only right, but necessary, to vote to recall Nick Isgro, and work together as a community to reaffirm our values of diversity and inclusion.

Carolyn Jones


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