Candidate at a glance

Lima says he has lived in New Bedford for 45 years and for 25 years in Ward 5.
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Scott Lima

Tell us briefly about your qualifications and why you are running.

I have a proven track record of constituent services, neighborhood engagement, and I have excellent relations with department heads in City Hall.

  • Providence College (Bachelor of Arts – Theology)
  • New Bedford Ocean Cluster (Board of Directors)
  • Cape Verdean Advisory Committee (New Bedford Whaling Museum)
  • Waterfront Historic Area League (Former – Board of Directors)

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?

The development of workforce housing is an important pathway toward affordable housing and ultimately, homeownership in New Bedford. 

To that end, through the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development, we need to promote OHCD’s “Neighborhoods First” Home Buyer Program, whereby, OHCD offers assistance with down payments, closing costs, and gap financing. 

Additionally, to meet the increased demand for affordable housing, the city must actively work and partner with developers toward the rehabilitation of vacant and blighted properties. These rehabilitation projects can help alleviate the affordable housing shortage, improve standards of living, and drive economic activity.

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 in Ward 5? How will you work to keep the neighborhoods safe?

I’ve not seen diminished police patrols within Ward 5 since the public safety station opened in the South End, nor have I received complaints about slow police response times. 

I have concerns related to fire coverage in Ward 5 and at St. Luke’s Hospital. I’ve spoken to Acting Fire Chief Scott Kruger about my concerns. Chief Kruger has listened to my concerns and is currently adjusting response districts in the city to reflect the recent movement of fire apparatus.

I’ll work with the police department, neighborhood groups, and stakeholders to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and vibrant.

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 for public employees as announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell? If not, what would you do to make New Bedford residents safer amid the rising cases?

I’m equally in favor of both Mayor Mitchell’s mandatory vaccination call for public employees and Mitchell’s mandatory call for weekly COVID-19 testing in lieu of a public employee receiving a vaccination. 

While I voluntarily chose to be vaccinated, my choice to get vaccinated was a decision that I made in discussion with my personal physician. 

Despite my being vaccinated, I’m tested weekly to ensure that I’m protecting myself and all people with whom I come in contact.


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