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October 30, 2013

Central District: Candidates' Q & A

About the Central District Candidates

Name: Jamie Atkinson*

Age: 47

Address: 7 Cochrane St.

Occupation: Full Time Central District Councilor

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Speech Comunications. Pursuing my Master's Degree in Business Administration

Personal: Lifelong resident of the Central District, graduate of Methuen High School 1984, chairman of the finance committee, member of the disabilities commission, former member of the Cable Advisory Commission, former member of the MCTV Board, former youth basketball, baseball and soccer coach


Why should people vote for you?

My record shows that I'm an independent voice. I have no hidden agenda. I do whatever is in the best interest of the Central District. In my first term I proposed over $350,000 in budget cuts, the most of any councilor. I've proven that I'm a leader.

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

The biggest issue facing the Central District and the city is drug dealing. The city needs to come together with the police department so that we can stop drug dealing in Methuen. Working together we will clean up the city.

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

We need to work on lowering taxes, educating Methuen's kids so that they get the highest level of education possible, taking care of our seniors and making sure that our police and fire departments have the tools to keep the city safe.

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

We need to look at all services when it comes to privatizing. We need to make sure that privatizing a service saves significant money, improves the level of services and keeps the city safe. Also, we would need to attempt to relocate as any employees as possible that are affected.

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

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