Vivaldo (Valdo) Meneses Jr Candidate for Somerville’s Ward 3 School Committee
My name is Vivaldo (Valdo) Meneses Jr. and I will be a candidate for Somerville’s Ward 3 School Committee seat. My story begins at Logan Airport in 1969, where we just landed from Azores, Portugal to begin a new life in America. Since 1972 my family and I have been residents and business owners of Somerville. A 1980 graduate of Somerville High School, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September 1980. During my 20 year career I was fortunate to serve in overseas tours including Gulf War 1 and Southeast Asia zones. Unfortunately, my military career was curtailed in October 2000 due to disabilities that I incurred. Education was always a priority for me, so while on active duty I attended night school. I received a BA from Granite State College, attended University of Southern California MBA program for 1 year and recently attended Massachusetts School of Law (2008 – 2010). I bring to this job strong administrative skills, leadership and a commitment to public service. Giving (service) back to the community came in many different forms. Whether as a Freemason, member of King Solomon’s Lodge in Somerville or as President of the Cambridge Lions Club via its founders the Somerville Lions Club and also as an affiliate of the Somerville Lions Club (2012 – 2015), or as a Shriner, I feel service to our community builds and strengthens character in our leaders. Why me for the job? I feel that my leadership attributes from the military and life experiences, give me the edge on looking “outside the box” for solutions to current complex situations. I am seeking your endorsement and humbly ask for your vote in September.