Transparency & Accountability
There is an overwhelming amount of feedback from people I've talked to in our ward: they feel like no one is listening to them. They feel like ordinances are passed and deals are made with details hidden from the public. If I am elected, this ends on day one. I will create a framework to keep my constituents informed about the details of city business, and to ensure that they have direct access to me so they can always make their voices heard to their city councilor.
Here's the promise I make to Ward 6 residents: I will always get back to you. I may not always agree with you, but you will always know where I stand on an issue, and I will always hear your perspective with an open mind. I believe these values will make me a better city councilor, and help address the concerns I've been hearing in our ward. I will hold monthly office hours and an annual "town hall" style ward meeting to face the community and take responsibility for my performance as Councilor.
Education was the ladder that brought me from a low income childhood to a rewarding career in engineering. My wife and I are raising two sons here in this city (aged 2 and 4 years), and they will attend Malden Public Schools. Educating our children is far too important to leave the quality of their education to chance. Every child in our ward, and our city, should have the chance to receive a high quality education in order to open up opportunity for their futures.
Maplewood Square and South Broadway Business
We need jobs that people in our neighborhood can get to easily, and we need to increase the tax base so we have revenue for all the other things we want to achieve. I will work with the administration, the Malden Chamber of Commerce, and the Commonwealth to bring safe businesses to this ward that raise the quality of life for our residents.
This part of the city has face increased risk because we no longer have a fire station. While having a new police station is certainly a benefit, we need to push harder to improve the safety coverage for our neighborhood. We need a two prong push: one in which we find new tax revenue (see above on Maplewood Square and South Broadway Business), and two, a unified push from all of our citizens and elected officials.
While there are varying opinions on other issues, here is where we are all unified in Ward 6: Hands off High Rock! This is a beautiful part of our city, and we are fortunate to have it right here in our neighborhood. I oppose development on High Rock, and I will do everything in my power to protect this amazing resource.