Running forWard 7 Alderman
Running as Non-Partisan Election
Married to my wife Clecia with 3 children – Jordana, Alexsandra, and Anthony who were all educated in Manchester public schools. I have lived in Manchester for 26 years and in Ward 7 for 23 of those years.
State Representative (1 term), School Board (3 terms), Alderman (1 term)
I have had quite a few jobs but from a young age I primarily worked a newspaper route, then as a baker in a Kosher bakery, then as an attendant at a gas station, then as a repair technician for Xerox, before working as a pharmacist for the last 25 years.
Current residenceSouth Cypress Street, Manchester, NH.
Time lived in NH26 years all in Manchester.
Associate Degree in Electronics, Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy, Law Degree (Juris Doctor)
Best way to contact candidateCell (603) 820-9064.
Why are you running for this office?
I care deeply about the City of Manchester and I like helping my neighbors. I have a long history of public service and have always done a good job of representing everybody in Ward 7 to the best of my abilities.
What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?
My past experience as an alderman and the fact that I work evenings so my days are free to handle problems when residents contact me for help.
What are your thoughts on and plans for addressing homelessness?
The City needs to encourage the building of large numbers of high-density housing. Also, The City needs to address the dumping of homeless people in Manchester by other cities and towns. Finally, the City needs to spend wisely and not be overcharged for housing the homeless.
What are your thoughts on housing costs and plans for addressing those concerns?
There is a general lack of housing in New Hampshire, especially affordable housing. As mentioned above, the City needs to encourage the the building of large numbers of high-density housing. This can be encouraged, in part, through tax policy and zoning.
What are your thoughts on and plans regarding crime and public safety?
I strongly support the police. I went on a ride along in the past and saw how they carry out their duties in a professional manner under difficult circumstances. I think the City should use “hot-spot” policing to target high crime areas while engaging in outreach to residents of those neighborhoods so they don’t feel unfairly treated. At the State level, we need to end personal recognizance (PR) bail that is contributing to crime in Manchester.
What are your thoughts on and/or plans for addressing concerns about property tax rates?
I support the tax cap and think it should only be broken in case of emergencies. If we control City spending we will control property tax increases.
What are your thoughts on the city's snow removal and trash pickup services?
What are your thoughts on the city's small business climate?
I think that Manchester is an attractive place to open a business but I have heard complaints that City Hall is not friendly to Manchester businesses.
What are your thoughts on and plans on improving the city's medium and large business climate?
Address the complaints of business owners and help new businesses through the process of opening.
What are your thoughts on and plans on improving parks and recreation in the city?
I have been to all the parks in Ward 7. I think the City does a good job of maintaining the parks that I have visited. The City did an excellent job of upgrading Prout Park.
What are your thoughts on how public transportation and infrastructure in the city can be improved?
I think public transportation is run well. The City infrastructure needs work but people need to realize that this will cost them money if they want these improvements to happen more quickly.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the city's civic pride and ideas on how to improve it?
It seems that many people are not happy with conditions in Manchester. The City does have a lot going for it. If we improve the issues of crime, homelessness, and public education I believe this will improve people’s perception of our city.
What are your thoughts on any neighborhood specific issues in your ward as well as any plans on addressing those issues?
Regarding Hallsville School – I would like to see it developed into residential apartments. Also, Ward 7 needs a traffic light at the intersection of Jewett Street and Cilley Road.
What is your view on the main role of an Alderman?
The main role of an alderman is helping residents deal with problems that they encounter in Manchester. The other main role is the city budget which affects services and tax rates.