My parents are strong people. My mother Ilidia was born in Madeira, Portugal and moved to the United States when she was a little girl. She continues to work for everything she has have ever achieved and is the first in our family to graduate from college. My father Charles Sr. had a learning disability and decided to leave school and instead lead a life using his hands as a commercial fisherman. When I was a little boy, we actually lived on a boat for about five years. It was very interesting and let me tell you that when a Nor’easter was coming you knew it. My family sold all of our fishing equipment and moved into the small town of Springfield, Maine for a chance at a better life. In 2008, when the economic downturn occurred many families across our country were hit hard. Mine unfortunately was not spared. After nearly seventeen years of marriage, my mother and father went their separate ways. This personally affected me and my brother and everything we knew. Today, on the Bangor City Council we have to vote on many items ranging from our International Airport to sidewalk improvements. Every decision I make, I remember families like mine and how hard it can be sometimes just to stay together in this changing world. If the policy is a bad deal for the families of Bangor, then it is not one that I will support.