The next City Council may face the most important decisions in the City’s history.
Lowell2020 endorses the following candidates; a solid team with the right blend of temperament and open mindedness, capable of working together with optimum efficiency and effectiveness in charting a course for the City’s future.
Lowell2020 Selections for the 2014-15 Lowell City Council:
Rita Mercier is one of the City’s all time great ambassadors. She’s a strong public safety advocate for community policing and staunch supporter of senior citizens and residents from all neighborhoods in the City. You ask for it and she gets it done.
Strengths: Stresses the need to maintain a positive image for the City beginning with public safety; Established in Constituent Services.
Bill Martin is the stalwart “voice of reason” on the Council. He’s well versed on issues that face the City of Lowell and a competent designer of public policy. He offers logical solutions to complex problems, and often plays a pivotal role during seminal motions and votes.
Strengths: Legal Expert; Well Respected Leader, Ombudsman
Rodney Elliott has displayed leadership, persistence and determination in encouraging his fellow City Councilors to move forward with open mind and eyes wide open. He sees public safety as the number one issue, which once solved will help the City advance in areas of economic development. He’s also an advocate for a strong public school system and is open to considering all options relative to the future of Lowell High School.
Strengths: Municipal Finance and Fiscal Oversight
Ed Kennedy is determined to move Lowell forward in areas of economic development next term. He also wants to bring an art school to Lowell. With Lowell’s art community constantly expanding and growing, Ed has suggested partnering with a school like Mass. College of Art and Design to locate a satellite facility Downtown.
Strengths: Economic Development Strategist, Fiscal Oversight, Public Safety.
Joe Mendonca wins the unsung hero award for his efforts to ensure the stability of the City’s finances, which has led to Standard & Poor’s upgrade of Lowell’s long-term bond rating from A to A+. He’s been integral to advancing an agenda to address the need for infrastructure and capital improvements. He has a methodical approach to attracting businesses and residents to the City via upgrading the public school system and ensuring public safety.
Strengths: Fiscal Management and Oversight, Economic Development Strategist, Lowell School Committee Experience
Vesna Nuon The City needs a representative from the South East Asian Community and immigrants in general on the City Council. Vesna understands Lowell’s diversity, and vows to represent all of its citizens. Vesna plays a key role in the way Lowell is portrayed locally, nationally and internationally.
Strengths: Strong advocate of public safety, after school programs, fiscal responsibility, immigrant relations, diversity & leadership for future generations; he has a natural charisma and maintains a positive attitude.
Dan Rourke Advocates for a proactive approach to public safety and crime prevention. Advocate of economic development, seniors affairs and after school programs. Dan recommends hiring an urban planning firm to study future options for Lowell High School.
Strength: Experienced Public Safety Official
Corey Belanger Advocates finding ways to improve Public Safety. Corey wants to revitalize the downtown business environment. He supports moving Lowell High School out of the Downtown to drive Lowell’s economic development strategy, while exploring the best possible educational and recreational opportunities for Lowell’s students.
Strengths: Advocate for Downtown Businesses; Zoning Experience
Erik Gitschier supports Community Policing to improve public safety, and to progress Lowell’s economic development strategy. He understands the capital improvements process and supports needs assessment, feasibility studies and community input to determine the future of Lowell High School. Erik supports city-wide infrastructure Improvements with a strong operations & maintenance plan.
Strengths: Supports Community Policing, Economic Development and Infrastructure Improvements. He’s a civil and environmental engineer and Superintendent of Lexington’s Water and Sewer Department.
Marty Lorrey is finishing strong in his freshman term, as his relationship building with UMass Lowell may be starting to pay off. Marty is starting to see the Lowell High School property in a different light, as he contemplates its role in the Downtown Lowell economic development strategy relative to the changing face of education in Lowell. He advocates for parks and recreation programs for families, while scouting economic development opportunities from the crow’s nest.
Strengths: Established in Constituent Services; supports expansion of programming for Parks & Recreation; he’s emerging as an economic development strategist and an advocate for infrastructure upgrades, especially road improvements.
Lowell2020 hereby endorses the 10 candidates above in terms of leadership, experience and temperament. Each is prepared to take on a key role in determining the future of the City of Lowell
The next City Council will require a team approach in considering what’s in the best interest of present and future residents and stakeholders of the City. This slate captures the spirit of the missions of Lowell2020 and ComeToLowell.com
It’s requested that the candidates keep an open mind when considering the future of Lowell High School. Listen to the Lowell School Committee. They will soon begin the process of soliciting the input of present and future residents, parents and stakeholders.
And most important, please vote on Tuesday, November 5!