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October 31, 2013

At-large candidates Q&A

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Joyce (Silva) Campagnone*

Age: 67

Address: 2 Currier Ave.

Occupation: Records coordinator

Education: Graduated high school; attended Salem State College and Northern Essex Community College

Personal: Married to Stephen C. Campagnone Sr. Three married children and five grandchildren

Why should people vote for you?

I would ask people to vote for me so I can continue to represent them with honesty and sincerity. Listening to people’s concerns is important. Getting results is what they would want. Decisions should be made with everyone’s best interest in mind. Communication between council, mayor and residents is essential.

What’s the biggest issue facing the city? Why?

Keeping our taxes down. Being a blue-collar community, any increase would not be easy on the residents. Visibility of police in the neighborhoods is very important for the residents to feel safe, both on the street and in their homes. We want our businesses to also feel protected against crime.

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

The IT department has been the focus point recently. I would like to see comparison between our own employees with the right equipment or bringing in a private firm. What would be the cost savings? I think that is very important, performance being very important.

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

Before making a decision, a study of cost savings, effectiveness, should be proven in black and white. Maybe doing it on a trial basis for a short time to see the outcome. We shouldn’t just jump into it.

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

We have made some difficult decisions. Implementing the food tax has proven to be very beneficial to help generate money. Also, supporting the high school renovations. The council took that vote to support the financial plan and the renovation plan. I believe having a building committee is a positive aspect.

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