Issues

“I see a strong future for New Bedford: A future where working families enjoy strong schools, safe streets, and good jobs; a future where hard work and innovation spur the economy; and a future where neighbors work together to make New Bedford the economic engine of the South Coast.  I’ve been fighting for our city in Boston.  Now I’m eager to lead New Bedford into the future as Mayor.”  — Tony Cabral

Building a better, stronger New Bedford

Jobs

  • Work with state agencies and use tax incentives to grow jobs in New Bedford.
  • Protect our fishing industry and hold NOAA accountable.

Read Tony’s full plan for the fishing industry here.

  • Cut red tape and streamline business permitting so new and existing employers can expand and grow jobs quickly.
  • Pursue new innovative industries, including green energy and marine science.

“Education is the DNA of economic development.”

Read Tony Cabral’s full jobs plan here.

Public Safety

  • Re-establish community policing in our neighborhoods.
  • Work with the police and district attorney to ensure they have the tools they need to fight crime.
  • Build on partnerships with state police, DEA, and other agencies to isolate and focus on pockets of major crime.
  • Reengage our citizens in their neighborhoods.

“Every resident has the right to safe streets and a safe neighborhood.”

Read Tony Cabral’s full public safety plan here.

Education

  • Reduce the dropout rate and keep students engaged in class and on the path to graduation.
  • Bring parents, teachers, students, and administrators together to reform the school system.
  • Focus our school committee on policy, accountability, and performance to develop a vision of academic excellence.
  • Apply best practices from successful schools and adopt new strategies that will work for New Bedford.

“As a former teacher, I understand the challenges we face in educaton.”

Read Tony Cabral’s full education plan here.

Responsive Government

  • Ensure city government is efficient and effective.
  • Improve our neighborhoods and keep out streets clean.
  • Empower residents and involve them in city government, so they know New Bedford City Hall is working for them.
  • Create an open and transparent city government.
  • Put forward new ideas to build a better, stronger New Bedford.

Read Tony Cabral’s plan to reduce the property tax burden here.

“A community can only reach its potential if everyone feels included and responsible.”

No one, absolutely no one, works harder.