The SouthCoast Chamber has long held the belief that having the Mayor’s term run for only two years contributes to less long-term thinking, a sense of an election cycle always in process and the challenge for the Mayor to execute on an agenda on behalf of the city free from the pressures of time spent on election activities. A dedicated group of citizens and business leaders have banded together to form a committee called New Bedford Fourward with a goal of getting signatures to put an initiative on the ballot allowing New Bedford residents to vote a charter change which would increase the mayoral term from two years to four. Many other cities have adopted this wise practice, and we hope that you, as business owners, feel the same way!
The initiative would not change anything about the upcoming election cycle, but would take effect, if passed, with the 2019 election.
What we need:
  • Business willing to put petitions in their place of business where registered New Bedford voters could sign to place the issue on the ballot
  • Volunteers to help gather signatures from New Bedford registered voters
  • Your support to help bring this change to our city by adding your name to the list of supporters. Please send your name and business name to Rick Kidder at
Please contact Rick Kidder at to get forms, volunteer or ask questions. Thank you, and the committee and the Chamber Board look forward to your help!


Rick Kidder
SouthCoast Chamber