Candidate at a glance
Lifelong resident of New Bedford
Retired banking executive
I have been endorsed by the voters of the City of New Bedford who have continually returned me to office to serve them.
Tell us briefly about your qualifications and why you are running.
As an incumbent councilor I have had the privilege to serve as an independent voice in city government for the past 16 years. My professional experience provides me the skills required to analyze and understand complex financial issues to make the best decision for the taxpayer. I am accessible and responsive to issues and concerns of residents and business owners. I have demonstrated that I am an experienced leader, often standing alone, to represent the residents of New Bedford and the betterment of our city. I believe my record and experience matter as we face the challenges of our city’s future.
Amid rising home prices and escalating monthly rents, what can New Bedford do to ensure there is enough affordable housing for those who want to continue living in the city?
Escalating home prices and rents are a direct result of the inflated regional housing economy. This problem is exacerbated by conversion of the city’s former mills into market-rate housing. These units, newly renovated with desirable amenities, have caused multifamily properties to become unrentable, resulting in the sale of these once owner-occupied properties to outside investors. The investors are escalating rents resulting in a domino effect. I would support a robust program of grants and low-interest loans for owner-occupied multifamily properties that would encourage owners to modernize their property and require they maintain lower rental rates.
Police and fire departments recently shifted staff and consolidated operations in a new public safety station in the city’s South End. Is there still adequate public safety across the city? How will you work to keep the neighborhoods safe?
Public safety of residents and quality of life in neighborhoods are most important to the growth of the city and directly linked to economic development and creation of jobs for New Bedford. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, highly trained and professional police and fire department that have developed working relationships with various state and federal agencies. I support additional staffing of the departments as a way to lower overtime costs and keep the departments operational. I will continue to support a community policing policy as an effective way to improve the safety and quality of life in our city.
New Bedford has a higher rate of COVID-19 than the state average, along with a lower vaccination rate. Are you in favor of mandatory vaccines or testing for municipal employees as announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell? If not, what would you do to make New Bedford residents safer?
Vaccination is a personal decision therefore I am not in favor of mandatory vaccines or testing for municipal employees. This administration was very slow in establishing an expansive plan to distribute the vaccine to residents of all neighborhoods in our city. Early on, it was suggested that mobile vaccine clinics be established at individual businesses, neighborhoods, schools and places of worship, and that the clinics be held after working hours and on weekends. Only recently has this administration begun working with the city’s Health Department and other local health care partners for a broader distribution plan.
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