I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Alderman of Ward 7. As a proud lifelong resident and now as a homeowner, I understand the challenges of our ward in a way that others do not. I am the only candidate from Ward 7 that has lived here my entire life, and did not just move to the Ward recently. I have walked the neighborhoods and heard your concerns. I promise to be your independent voice at city hall and to fight for what you need.
From a young age I was taught to give back to my community. For many years, I have volunteered on various city projects that solved real problems and improved the lives of Woburn residents. As your alderman, I will continue to advocate and fight to keep Woburn affordable for all residents and businesses. I pledge to work hard to make Woburn a desirable place to live, work, play, raise a family and grow old in comfort.
Recently I spoke in opposition to the Battle March Village development which is located behind 7-11 in the Four Corners. This project will directly impact residents’ quality of life. I spoke on behalf of the residents of Ward 7 who stated that were not in favor of the rezoning of this parcel of land to allow for townhouses to be built. No other candidate for Alderman of Ward 7 spoke against this development. I believe that the scope of this project doesn’t fit the area; also I have concerns regarding public safety issues with more traffic on an already congested state road, as well as flooding issues with the Four Corners. By speaking against this development I proved that I am an independent voice for the residents of Ward 7 who will stand up for the residents and their best interests.
Education and Career
I am a product of the Woburn and Regional Public School Systems and understand the importance of a quality education. I received a degree in Criminal Justice and chose a career of commitment, hard work and service to my community. As a Correctional Officer in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for the past ten years, I help offenders rehabilitate and become productive members of society. Helping others is my life’s work and I will bring this same commitment to helping you.
Dedication to Public Safety
My commitment to public safety is not new. I am proud to say that I was instrumental in the adoption and implementation of a Reverse 911 System in Woburn to notify residents of safety issues.
I will fight to make sure Ward 7 is adequately covered when the city consolidates its fire and emergency services and will support upgrades to our police and fire equipment. No one should have to wait a long time for an ambulance or fire truck when they are in need.
Through my work, I have seen firsthand the challenges every community faces with crime and drug addiction. I will strongly support police programs from prevention to enforcement, so that our streets are safer.
Keeping Woburn Affordable
We must find new ways to fund improvements and keep our tax rate steady, reasonable and affordable. I promise to keep Woburn affordable for our residents and to hold the line on tax and water increases.
Providing Clean and Affordable Water
From 2006 to 2010, I served as Chairman of the Woburn Water Advisory Committee and worked with the city to implement many improvements including a new water treatment facility, a new Rag Rock tank and the relining and replacement of old cast iron pipes. We initiated the Shaker Glenn and the Dix Road pumping station projects, which will improve water pressure and quality issues for Ward 7.
Water meter installation is almost complete and soon the City Council will set the rates you pay for water and sewer. I promise to keep rates affordable and will not let water bills become a hidden tax to take money from residents.
Many people have voiced their displeasure over the condition of streets and sidewalks. Some have even called them deplorable. When elected, I will work with my fellow alderman and the mayor to address the roads and sidewalks in Ward 7.
Planning for Development
Our ward has four big developments in the works: The Shaker Hill project off of High View Road, the Battle March Village/ Tarkey House project on Cambridge Road, and the two Shannon Farm parcels. We may have over 400 additional residential units, taxing our schools and increasing an already congested area with more traffic.
New development stabilizes the tax rate, but it has to be done right. Quality of life and preservation of open space is also important. Developments need to fit the neighborhoods, not the other way around. We should review our zoning regulations and keep a balance between economics and people’s needs
My personal and work histories make me qualified to be your alderman:
• Lifelong resident of Ward 7
• Middlesex Sheriff’s Office- Correctional Officer
• Minuteman Regional Technical HS 2003 Cum Laude, Telecommunications and Electronics
• Middlesex Community College 2006, AS Criminal Justice
• Chairman, Woburn Water Advisory Committee 2006-2010
• Executive Board Member of the Massachusetts Locksmith’s Association
• Co-Sponsor of a Toys for Tots Drive with the Massachusetts Locksmiths Association
As your Ward 7 Alderman, I will ensure the vitality of our neighborhoods. Whether it is strengthening our schools, heightening public safety, or improving our infrastructure, I have the commitment, integrity, and leadership to become your voice at City Hall.
With your help and support, together we will make Woburn an even better place to live. I respectfully ask for your vote in the Preliminary Election on August 25, 2015.
I look forward to learning about your issues and concerns: