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October 31, 2013

Haverhill City Council


Michael McGonagle

Age: 55

Address: 39 Newton Ave.

Occupation: Business owner McGonagle Contingency Staffing Inc.

Education: BS Management Lesley College

Family: Wife Maureen (Riley), sons Michael Jr. and Brenden

1. People should vote for me based upon my experience and past performance in regard to dealing with city issues. My business experience and ability to work with others to present solutions has allowed me to successfully integrate with citizens and public and private sector leaders.

2. Under-funded pension liability and the increased cost of employee healthcare are on everyone’s radar. 2) Unfunded state mandated requirements like combined sewer overflow, capping the landfill and catch basin filtering are heading our way. These approaching issues need to be dealt with along with our need to provide for a middle school solution and a capital budget to maintain our existing municipal buildings.

3. I feel this council has acted in the best interest of the city and has developed a solid working relationship with the mayor and his department heads. Council members do not always agree but, respectful dialogue is the key to our ability to focus on issues that move our city forward.

4. One of the most important votes we have as councilors is our opportunity to review and approve the city budget. This is our chance to influence the mayor to try to add or subtract from line items that we feel are the best use of our tax dollars. In our last budget we worked with the mayor to add two new police officers and dedicate an additional $200,000 into a capital account for school maintenance.

John Michitson

Age: 54

Address: 119 Kenoza St.

Occupation: Chief engineer and program manager, MITRE Corporation

Education: HHS Class of 1977; Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree, Merrimack College, 1981; Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Sloan School of Management

Family: Wife Heidi, son John, daughter Grace

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