About Peter Vickery
Peter Vickery has lived in Amherst since 1999. He and his wife, Meg, have three children, all of whom attended the Amherst public schools. Peter serves on Town Meeting, and is currently President of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.
To ensure that Amherst remains a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can make a home and earn a living, Peter would like to see a broader tax base, with more jobs and more housing. This means encouraging mixed-use development in the downtown and village centers.
Peter is an attorney with an office at 27 Pray Street, Amherst. He is a former member of the Governor’s Council (the elected statewide body that can approve or veto the Governor’s choice of judges) and the State Ballot Law Commission, which adjudicates election disputes. He is originally from Wales in the United Kingdom, and became a citizen of the United States in 2002.
“To the voters of Precinct 2, thank you for re-electing me to Town Meeting. If elected to the Town Council, I promise to perform my duties to the best of my abilities, and to be diligent, accessible, and responsive.
Why am I running? Because Amherst needs more jobs and more homes. Everything else — maintaining our excellent schools, conserving our open space, and safeguarding our social services — depends on economic vitality. That should be something most of us can agree on, whatever our political affiliation. But all too often Amherst has adopted policies that make decision-makers feel good but make it harder for local businesses to thrive.
Our new Town Council will need somebody who will promote policies to help create new private-sector jobs, who will say out loud what many are thinking, and who isn’t worried about appearing insufficiently progressive. That is what I do on Town Meeting and what I would like to continue doing on your behalf on the new Town Council.”
— Peter Vickery
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