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October 31, 2013

At-large candidates Q&A

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Name: Daniel Grayton

Age: 23

Address: 31 Varnum Ave.

Occupation: Northeast regional field director, Coalition for Marriage and Family

Education: B.A. from Bryan College

Personal: Single

Why should people vote for you?

I will be an honest and unbiased representative of the taxpayers and bring a new and fresh perspective to the council. I want to serve the people of Methuen and have been working hard knocking doors and listening to try and better understand the needs of all Methuen neighborhoods.

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

The rising tax rates are the biggest issue facing Methuen. As councilor, I will work to maintain a competitive tax rate by taking advantage of savings opportunities in the budget and spending taxpayers’ money more efficiently. We must ensure Methuen remains an attractive place to live and do business.

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

Communication. I would make it a priority to improve communication both between the mayor and City Council, and between the City Council and the voters. Open and respectful dialog is important in order for local government to understand and respond to the needs of the city and taxpayers.

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

If elected, one of my first priorities would be to privatize the IT department. Privatizing IT will provide a better service to City Hall at a better price to the taxpayers. Privatizing does not work in every situation and must be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

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

The failure to appoint a new solicitor and the lack of transparency surrounding the firing of the health director are examples of a council that needs fresh perspectives. Councilors must work in the best interests of the taxpayers and have open and honest discussions regarding all decisions.

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