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About Ricky

The Voice of the People 

  

My name is Ricky Tith. I was born in Cambodia and raised in Providence. I’m married to a beautiful woman named Anna Keuth. Together we’re raising four great kids. Where Anna and I came from, children are considered life’s ultimate gift. I love my whole family very much.

Anna and I have lived in Fall River since 1999. We’ve always intended to raise our kids here. For the first 15 years, we were tenants. We tried hard at our jobs and banked whatever was left once the bills were paid. It was worth it. Four years ago, in November 2014, we moved into our first “real” home.

Like us, all our kids will attend city schools. I understand why parents are concerned when they send a child to a public school: my whole education took place there. I’ve seen first-hand the challenges that come with an urban setting.

I decided to run for this office again because our wonderful city has been trapped too long at a crossroads. Indecision and private agendas have cost us in ways that are hard to measure, but it’s happened nonetheless. Things are critical. We can’t afford to keep waving goodbye to our best and brightest, as the younger generation’s top performers head to cities that can offer them more. I strongly believe I can help to empower us all by supporting much-needed changes that will enhance the future of our city and community. For too long, our local government has been divided in both purpose and direction. It is my hope that we can come together and bring fresh ideas to the table that will help to restore confidence and pride to our great city of Fall River. I understand it will not be easy; one person cannot solve all of Fall River’s problems. It is going to take many people who are willing to work together and work hard to bring about the change that is so desperately needed; our Mayor and City Councilors must be willing to work with our school district, our business community, and our residents.

We must be willing to set long-term goals and establish short-term solutions rather than settling for quick fixes that do not resolve the issues. Personally, I vow to work diligently to bring together the different cultures in our community. We should embrace our differences. It is our diversity that makes us strong. Together, we are strong. “WORKING TOGETHER WORKS” Together, we can restore the confidence and pride our great city has lost.

I vow to invest in our youth through educational opportunity. We must recognize that all children, regardless of their abilities, have gifts that we should nurture. We must encourage our children and provide them with the motivation and the tools necessary for success. I vow to introduce legislation that will help clean our city streets; it’s hard to ignore the trash problem that we have in our city. I will address safety issues by doing everything I can to ensure the police and fire departments have the resources needed to make Fall River safe for all people. Simple things make a big difference. Examples include replacing streetlights and fixing potholes.

I will do everything possible to make sure we have whatever is needed to enhance the visual beauty of our city. I believe we must seek answers to all the above issues in order to make Fall River a city that will inspire all residents, workers, and visitors.

I know these challenges may seem overwhelming but our goal, as stated above, is to form a collaborative effort of Fall River people from all (different) walks of life. Who is willing to work together to help resolve Fall River’s past and future issues. We need our elected officials to lead by example and inspire the community to come together. With your support, I plan to do just that! Please vote ‘TITH” for your next City Council.-Thank you!

We deserve a constructive Council, a group who honor their role as “The Voice of the People”. The Council has the power to reinvent the very concept of Fall River, to guarantee brighter futures for all our residents. To do so, though, they’ll need to listen, ponder, and negotiate. The Founding Fathers urged us to seek a consensus, with plenty of give-and-take. That’s how America builds its leaders.

I am capable of meeting that challenge. As your Council Representative, I’ll work hard for the people of our community, just as I’ve worked hard to build security for my family. I know we can bring the voices of ordinary people to local government — and that doing so yields real measurable results. It works everywhere. Better yet, it’s always proven effective here in Fall River.

It’s time to change the way City Hall does business, to restore the good habits that have always brought success to our area. Much of it hasn’t changed. I understand today’s business practices, and I’ve successfully worked with all kinds of people to get things done. I do my best to seize every opportunity for progress. Most of all, I know what’s at stake — and I’m honest about it.

I, too, am concerned about our children and their prospects. Why are so many of them deeply depressed, and how can we adults help them? What fruits will their education bear? What will they need to launch successful, satisfying careers? And how about the quality of life issues for our seniors, or for the chronically ill? Many of our most-talented residents stay here out of loyalty, to look after the needs of someone dear to them: that choices shouldn’t represent such a hardship.

All of us hit adulthood with some dreams intact. I’ll admit, there are days I struggle to remember mine. But I still have them, while others have come true. The key thing is that certain mindsets foster success. When we focus on certain beliefs and adopt certain habits, we’re halfway there.

We could promote those habits here, as a city, and recreate our whole image. Why accept whatever Fate is willing to send us? Let’s build better messages into our political discourse. It doesn’t have to be perfect to get things done.

The job of a city council is to find and enforce solutions to community problems — all while striving to better the status quo. There’s nitty-gritty to sift, legally-mandated tracking, all kinds of documents, and other tasks. And because a council backs every contract with the force of law, the group exercises real authority. That’s a good thing.

I’m concerned, though, about certain accounts of official Council meetings — or, worse yet, of the Council’s “informal sessions”. Accountability has become too hard to find in City Hall. Yes, everyone knows that our politicians are only human. We also know how long Fall River’s to-do list has gotten. Still, despite our natural sympathy, we expect public servants here to act the part.

I promise to stand up for the people of this city. I’ll bypass the special interests: you’ll be my boss, not them. My priority is keeping faith with my constituents, just as I’ve always kept faith with relatives and friends, classmates and colleagues. I want to help this city council accomplish great things for OUR community. And I know that’s doable because all of you will be with me in spirit on the day I walk into City Hall.

Every member of this community has a right to feel welcome at Council meetings. It’s time all our voices were heard there again. In the past, each constituency was a voice apart. But the culture has been changing ever since, here and nationwide. My success illustrates it, as does that of immigrants who prospered before my time.

Professional Experience:

  • Quality Engineer (Distron Corporation)
  • Notary Public
  • Certified Trainer, IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  • Certified Trainer IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards
  • Certified Trainer IPC/WHMA-A-620
  • Lean six sigma yellow belt
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Philadelphia Teacher Training Symposium)

Community Service:

  • Board of Directors Member, Fall River Cultural Council
  • President, Cambodian American Rescue Organization, Inc. (CARO)
  • Naturalization & U.S. Citizenship Assistance

Please HELP me raise our voices together! I ask you to think about how you can support my campaign. Your outreach to a friend or relative could make all the difference. Do you like my credentials and point of view? Would you be willing to post an image or remarks on Facebook or Instagram once in a while, or to display one of my campaign signs? Could you help set up a small meet-and-greet gathering, or knock on some neighborhood doors with a brochure? I’d deeply appreciate whatever you chose to do. With your help, Fall River will head to November’s polls and elect Ricky Tith — “A True Voice of the People”.

I wish you and your family have a happy healthy and prosperous life. . .

 

Sincerely,

 Ricky Tith- Candidate for Fall River City Council.


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