My name is Tracy Valletti. I’ve lived in Peabody for 30 years with my husband and 3 children. I’m asking for your vote for Light Commissioner on September 14th because I’m concerned about the health and future of our city, and with your help I want to make a change. 

As a Gerontologist and an engaged citizen, I’ve spent my career successfully making and executing plans that help vulnerable populations. I have worked as the Executive Director of an assisted living facility, where I balanced the health of our residents during COVID with fiscal responsibility. I served as an elected Library Trustee, where I worked diligently to improve and protect our beloved Peabody Public Library for future generations. I’ve served on over six different area boards and clubs dedicated to improving general welfare, from the Friends of Beverly Hospital to the Peabody Cultural Collaborative. In every instance, I’ve seen firsthand how important it is to listen to others, make a plan together, and work with my neighbors towards a better future. 

I never expected to run for Light Commissioner, but the proposed Peaker plant they want to put on Pulaski Street compelled me to throw my hat in the ring. As a mother and citizen, I’m frightened by the potential health effects of a fossil fuel plant in our city, especially on children and the elderly, and I don’t think they went about this in the right way. I can’t stand by as the Commission steamrolls local opposition and ignores warnings from our city’s Board of Public Health. And, while the plant isn’t the only reason I’m running, it does perfectly encapsulate the biggest issues I hope to solve once elected:

— While the Peaker plant was kept under the radar by our Light Commission for 6 years without any public input; I will increase transparency and welcome people into the process

— While the plant is projected to cost us more than $85 million dollars, with little hope of a return on investment, I will use my healthcare management experience to identify and pursue savings in our energy budget, while not sacrificing quality for ratepayers. 

— And, while the Peaker plant uses hazardous fossil fuels and will contribute to the climate crisis, I will invest in renewable energy sources that keep our communities clean and pay for themselves over time.

Please vote for me to keep us moving forward (and stop that Peaker plant from taking us backwards)!  We cannot protect our public and financial health if we continue to invest in outdated, dirty fossil fuels. Instead, let’s listen to residents and come together as a community to create a future that is clean, affordable and accessible to all. 

I would greatly appreciate your support and vote on the September 14th primary!