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October 30, 2013

West District: Candidates' Q&A

About the West District Candidates

Sean Fountain*

Age: 41

Address: 1 Pelham St.

Occupation: Firefighter/EMT, North Andover Fire Department

Education: Northern Essex Community College

Personal: Single parent

Why should people vote for you?

I'm a voice of the residents of Methuen. My strong work ethic has been demonstrated throughout my first term. I have a proven record of getting results and answers for my constituents, no matter how big or small the issue. I work for the people. Questions asked. Results are produced.

What's the biggest issue facing your district? Why?

The biggest issue facing the district is the drug and related crime problems. Drug activity and increasing crime is a constant battle. We need to keep our residents safe and aware, provide the police with the resources to combat the problem, and provide programs for those in need.

What specific aspect of city government will you work to improve?

Youth services. We need a youth or recreation center for our children. There's a need for services that is not being met. A community of this size needs a place for our children to go after school and have a variety of services and programs to assist in their development.

Which, if any, city services should be privatized? Why or why not?

We need to consolidate more city and school services. IT is one area that should be consolidated/privatized if implemented properly. We privatized legal services and have seen cost savings to date. We need to look at more consolidation for purchasing citywide. The transfer station needs assessment for the future.

How would you rate the current council's performance? How would you improve it?

I believe the current council has accomplished a lot and has built up the reserves/stabilization fund. These were drained by the last council and we implemented means to get them back on track. Many councilors proposed resolutions and ordinances that are now in effect. A lot has been accomplished.

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