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October 31, 2013

At-large candidates Q&A

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Occupation: Lawyer

Education: B.S. Business Administration, Suffolk University; MPA, Northeastern University; Graduate Certificate Urban Administration, MIT; JD, Massachusetts School of Law

Personal: Married, with three children, nine grandchildren and a great-grandaughter.

Why should people vote for you?

This election is about trust. No one has ever questioned my integrity and strong ethics. My education and experience can bring maturity and civility to the council. I’m a consensus builder and would work to have the council stop fighting with the mayor and start working to make Methuen better.

What is the biggest issue facing the city?

Residential taxes have gone up under the mayor form of government and it’s time to give taxpayers a break. As a councilor I would measure every decision by how it impacts residential property taxes and will work with like-minded councilors to freeze residential taxes for the next two years.

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

Municipal finance and the creation of a performance-based budget system so the increases are not automatic.

Which, if any city services should be privatized?

If a city agency is failing in doing its job then we should look at a better way of doing business. The council needs to do its job every day to make sure that the taxpayers are getting quality service at a fair cost.

How would you rate the current council’s performance?

Poor. For the past two years, the leadership factor of the council has been found wanting. They can’t seem to get out of their own way. I’d hope to influence my colleagues to think through a course of action, act professionally and work with the mayor instead of undermining.

*Denotes incumbent

 

 

 

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