Leo Choquette is going to be on the New Bedford City Council next year when he beats Ward 1 Councilor Brad Markey on election day next month.

Choquette has run before and he learned the lessons smart people take away from short term failures. Two years ago, he ran citywide for the council. This year, he took on a smaller area and a weaker incumbent.

Choquette, a financial advisor, also holds a law degree from UMass Law school. He will hit the ground running on the council floor and I predict he will be warmly welcomed by the veteran counselors who will be re-elected this year.

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His campaign has been focused on door-to-door voter contact and aggressively putting up signs all over the North End of the city.

Choquette's message to the people of Ward 1 has been a promise to focus on constituent services. He has promised to open an office in the ward and to always return phone calls from his constituents. Brad Markey is a nice guy, but his lackluster campaign has communicated he isn't interested in winning the election.

Choquette not only went door to door, he also raised the money required to run a campaign. Hard work pays off in local elections and Leo Choquette has proven it.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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