Mayor Greg Verga has announced he will seek a second term in November’s municipal elections. Having reached his 400th day in office earlier this month, the Mayor will obtain nomination papers on the day filing opens with the city clerk’s office, April 3, and will return to the official ballot in this fall’s election.
“Much has been done, but there’s much more to do,” said Verga. “I’m going to take my case to the voters again and ask them to help us continue that work. This is an important year for Gloucester as we celebrate our history, and it’s equally important to tap into that spirit as we lead this city into the future. Gloucester is my lifelong home. I made a promise to make this city a better place than when I took office, and that work has only just begun.”
The Verga for Mayor campaign website, voteverga.com, has released an accounting of accomplishments by the administration since Verga took office on New Year’s Day of 2022. The list details substantive moves and measures regarding transportation, road repairs, beach parking, housing, fisheries, public schools, climate action and the disbursement of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
In his 2022 inaugural address, Verga said that Gloucester was in need of “transparent dialogue and deliberation, bold and thoughtful approaches, broad community engagement, a synthesis of many of the best ideas and strong leadership.” He says he wants to capitalize on advancements made in those areas during his first 400 days as his administration leverages assets, tackles issues and finds creative solutions related to zoning reforms, revitalizing the downtown, building a resilient Blue Economy network, finalizing the new Harbor Plan and continuing the administration’s work on a Comprehensive Planning Initiative to update the 20-year-old Master Plan for the city.
Mayor Verga adds that he remains committed to strong support of coastal and cultural tourism, recreation and hospitality, performing and visual arts and marine-related construction and transportation, in addition to advancing seafood research and Gloucester’s fishing industry as the region adapts to a changing climate.
According to the Mayor, the foundation of the Verga Administration is built on a belief in modern, measured, collaborative, community-driven progress and growth for Gloucester grounded in fairness, trust and plainspoken, open dialogue. As a challenger in 2021, he ran on a platform rooted in restoring integrity to City Hall—an aim he believes has been met.
“I stand for a practical, forward-thinking approach to municipal governance,” he said. “We have made significant progress in improving how this city reaches for and achieves the best possible outcomes for Gloucester. My vision and our work is about making this city an even better place to live, work and visit.”
The Verga Administration has released an update on the State of the City and Mayor Verga also intends to make personal appearances to deliver State of the Neighborhoods reports across the city starting this spring and continuing into the summer.