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November 2, 2013

Haverhill City Council Challengers

Here are the seven challengers for the nine available seats in Tuesday's Haverhill City Council election. Below is biographical information about the candidates and their answers to questions involving Haverhill issues.


1. Why should people vote for you?

2. What are the two most important issues facing Haverhill? Why?

3. What is your opinion of the current City Council and how it is doing?

4. What is your view of the council's role and, since you want to replace someone, how would you do better?

Melinda Barrett

Age: 50

Address: 12 Salem St.

Occupation: Downtown business owner, Barrett's Specialty Foods

Education: BA Political Science from UMASS Amherst

Family: Daughter of the late Burt J. Barrett and Winnifred M. Barrett

1. As a lifelong resident, with a family legacy in Haverhill business for 96 years, I am aware of the struggles that the city has endured. I look forward to working with citizens and businesses to create new opportunities by employing my understanding of these challenges and mistakes of the past.

2. Economic growth and improvement of city services because this is the way to retain citizens and improve maintenance of public properties. Increasing the commercial tax base is vital to the city's future and the tax burden on home owners can be lessened.

3. The council means well, but a fresh voice is needed. I praise the council for its efforts on business development, and I will continue to be aggressive in this area. The council should've been more vigilant in the redesign of Bradford Square. Maintenance plans for public properties have been lacking.

4. The councilors are the advocates of the citizens and businesses. They are there to protect and serve the needs of the electorate, but also have the forethought to plan wisely for the city's future.

E. Philip Brown

Age: 55

Address: 88 Standish Road

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