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March 28, 2013

Wood eyes City Council run

Longtime school committee member likely to run for council

HAVERHILL — Scott Wood, in his 10th year on the School Committee, is considering a bid for City Council.

Wood, 29, a 2001 Haverhill High School graduate and the city’s youngest elected official, said he is likely to run for council and will decide for sure by the end of next month. If elected to the council, he said he has not decided if would resign his School Committee position or finish out his term, which has two years remaining.

Nomination papers for nine city council spots, three School Committee seats and mayor are available starting May 8 — the unofficial kick-off of election season.

The last day to take out papers for city’s fall elections is July 26. To get on the ballot, the papers are due back to the clerk with signatures from at least 50 registered voters by July 30.

Wood, a manager at a local mortgage banking company, said his priorities on the council would be fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes down, holding employees accountable for their performance and actions, and bolstering the police department with more resources and new programs.

Wood, who has degrees in public administration and criminal justice, said he would like to be involved with growing the rail trail the city is building in Bradford along the Merrimack River. He also want to re-establish the police department’s community policing program, which he said has dwindled in recent years due to budget cuts.

“The mayor says crime is down. I can’t speak to the numbers, but the perception out there is that we need to do more to make people feel safe,” Wood said. “The police department’s efforts right now seem to be limited to responding to calls for service rather than preventing trouble. One of the best ways to prevent crime is with community policing, which was much bigger in the 1990s when we had police sub-stations in high-crime areas. I want our officers out on the streets talking to people, especially children and the elderly, and meeting with neighborhood groups.”

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