Dion Banks: Working to serve Ward 4

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As the 2016 city election draws nearer, I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with the citizens of Cambridge and to tell you a little about me and why I am asking for the opportunity to serve you. I am the eldest of two children, born in Cambridge, to the late Leroy Darnell Banks and Rose Banks. I was educated in the Dorchester County school system and graduated from Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. I went on to complete my undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky and earned a bachelor of arts in business management while serving in the United States Army from 1990 through 1994.
While in service to my country, I was deployed to combat from Friedberg, Germany to serve in Operation Desert Storm. During my career in the military, I earned The Army Achievement Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal – Saudi Arabia and the Kuwait Liberation Medal – Kuwait. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, I spent several years in Chicago, gaining exposure to international business, working as an Operations Manager for Seaton Corp.; a global, publicly traded company that focuses on meeting the staffing needs of the world.
In 2002, I returned to the Eastern Shore to be closer to my father, whose health was slowly declining. Upon my return, I went to work for Cambridge International, the world’s largest metal belts manufacturer. I have worked there for over 15 years now and during that time, have held a vast array of management positions, which have afforded me the opportunity to travel the world.
Since my return to Cambridge, I’ve played a very active role in this community. From housing and educational initiatives to matters regarding social issues and environmental sustainability, I continue to press in an effort to have a seat at the table, ensuring the entire city is represented. I endeavor to live a life of service, standing as a conduit for awareness, development, empowerment, innovation, and sustainability for a better people, a better Cambridge, and ultimately, a better world!
I have been in the service of this city for several years as a community volunteer and mentor. I am confident that my experiences both professional and personal will allow me to help create the change that’s needed to unify, rebuild, retool and provide leadership that leads to economic and social prosperity for us all. As commissioner, I will lead the charge to begin the work of making Cambridge what we all know it should be. My focus will be three-pronged — Youth Investment: if we want our youth to be productive members of Cambridge tomorrow, we must invest in them today. Workforce Development: rebuild and renew our workforce to ensure they have the skillset needed to become contributing citizens to our local economy. Economic Growth: position Cambridge to be a competing city on a state and national level.
As your commissioner, it will be my commitment to govern with passion, integrity and principle. I will work hard to make Cambridge an attractive and sustainable city that can compete on a state and national level.
I ask you to vote for youth investment, to vote for workforce development, to vote for economic growth. I humbly ask the residents in the 4th ward to vote for me, Dion Banks, on July 12 in the General Election at Sailwinds.
Dion D. Banks
Candidate for 4th Ward

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