City Council Candidates, 2017

2017 City Council Candidates

 

Melinda E. Barrett

Melinda Barrett

Melinda Barrett

Ms. Barrett, a life-long resident of Haverhill is a two-term City Councilor (presently its VP) who attended and graduated from Haverhill High School. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). She owns a specialty food shop in downtown Haverhill that she has operated for the past 20 years and still finds time to serve on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library and the Griffin White Foundation. She is also a trustee of the Haverhill Historical Society and the Buttonwoods Museum. Her priorities on the Council include public safety, educational excellence in our public schools, and economic development.

 

Joseph J. Bevilacqua

Joseph Bevilacqua

Joseph J. Bevilacqua

Joe Bevilacqua is running for his second term on the City Council. Mr. Bevilacqua is a Haverhill native who received a BA in Political Sciences and a Master’s in Public Administration from Northeastern University. He also took some post-graduate courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Joe has been the President and CEO of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce since September, 1992 until the present. Under his leadership, the Chamber has grown from under 400 members to over 1,000. Prior to becoming a City Councilor, he also served on the Haverhill School Committee, former member of the Board of Trustees at Northern Essex Community College, former Chairman of the Board and current director of the MA Economic Development Council, former Chairman of the Board of the MA Workforce Investment Board, and Co-Chairman of the Merrimack Valley United Way Advisory Board. Joe wants to advocate for all of the citizens of Haverhill by protecting the way the City spends residents’ tax dollars, at the same time supporting projects and programs that “make a difference to our City,” including advocating for the importance of a good education for our children and support for our teachers, job and economic development, the need to improve all of our neighborhoods, and strong public safety.

 

Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien

Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien

Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien

Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien has been a registered nurse for over 40 years and currently works as a nurse case manager. She has been married for 37 years and is the proud mother of four adult daughters. She serves as a Trustee at Northern Essex Community College and has been past member of a number of community organizations. She has served on the City Council for 16 years and, until two years ago, was its only female member. She is very proud of her role in the renovation of Haverhill High School at a time when there was much budgetary constraint to City spending; the completion of the new parking garage next to Haverhill Station; and building of the new Hunking School.

 

Hartell Johnson

Hartell Johnson

Hartell Johnson

Hartell Johnson has been a Haverhill resident for over 15 years and has been an active participant in the Haverhill community volunteering in numerous nonprofit organizations. She works as a business analyst and is experienced in property management. Ms. Johnson received her BA in Business Administration from Salem State College and has worked as a Business Analyst at Fresenius Medical Care for the past 10 years. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits and is presently the Vice President of the Greater Haverhill League of Women Voters. Hartell is committed to bringing about positive change in all of Haverhill and has not hesitated to give of her time and energy towards that cause. Ms. Johnson is running for City Council because she would like to help bridge the widening gap between neighborhoods in our community. She supports having equal education opportunities available and accessible to everyone in Haverhill and she  champions the providing safe and affordable housing to all who want it. Additionally, she wants to give all citizens of Haverhill a voice at City Hall. In addition, Hartell plans to work to enable people in the community find jobs.

 

Timothy J. Jordan

Tim Johnson

Timothy J. Jordan

As a life-long Haverhill resident, Tim Jordan truly loves Haverhill. He is dedicated to helping others see the City as he sees it — a historically and culturally-rich community with endless potential. Mr. Jordan is committed to making this possibility a reality for current and future generations. This is the first time he is seeking elective office and has always been a registered, independent, voter. He is a Bradford resident and has been the owner and operator of Jordan Financial and Insurance Services since 1996. Tim is also the founder of the Haverhill Education Coalition; and improving education has been one of the biggest themes of his campaign. Jordan also believes that smarter spending on education now and reducing the city’s dropout rate will pay off for the city in a big way in the coming years. Tim hopes that in the coming years, more police officers will be added to Haverhill’s police force and has thought about establishing a plan for how to address the impact that new housing construction will have on city schools and public safety. He is a proud graduate of Haverhill High School and received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Economics and Accounting.

 

Colin F. LePage

Colin LePage

Colin LePage

Colin LePage is a dedicated, experienced, and hard-working member of the City Council and is the Chairman of the City Council Administration and Finance Subcommittee. He is also an active member of the City’s Hunking School Building Committee, and the HOPE, Recycling, and Energy Task Forces. He has been a longtime volunteer member of Team Haverhill and is the former President of the Riverside-Bradford Baseball League. Colin’s priorities continue to be fiscal prudence with taxpayer money; increased public safety; economic growth and opportunities for businesses to encourage them not only to come to Haverhill but also to stay; and improvement of the educational resources available to the youth of Haverhill. He is a fierce advocate for education of Haverhill’s youth on the perils of drugs, has pushed for grant funding to combat gangs and drug dealers, and over the years as City Councilor has identified over one million dollars in unaccounted city funds to be used to lower taxes and to fund public safety and education. It is also important to note that Colin has been on the forefront of recycling in Haverhill. Check out LePage: As Recycling Rates Rise, City Saves…

 

William J. Macek

Bill Macek

William J. Macek

Bill Macek is a lifelong Haverhill resident. He is the founder and Chairman of the Haverhill Housing Partnership. Bill’s private-sector work experience includes Real Estate and Radio ownership and operations and personal and corporate Legal Representation as a Massachusetts attorney. Mr. Macek is dedicated to public service as a veteran City Councilor, having served in the City Council from 1984 to 1992 and 2004 to the present and served two years as its vice president. He has been a proven leader for senior services, public safety, education, business development, fiscal responsibility, and quality of life. He is seeking reelection so that he may use his knowledge and experience to serve the needs of Haverhill, assist all of its residents, and lead Haverhill into the future.

 

Adele Martino

Adele Martino

Adele Martino

Adele Martino is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Lawrence, MA. She attended Northeastern University and Merrimack College. She was an assistant congressional aide for U.S. Congressman and Senator Paul E. Tsongas. Ms. Martino has served in various programs: Housing and Student Affairs, Methuen Democratic Town Committee, Speaker of the House Thomas P. O’Neill Jr’s Congressional Office, and Housing Advocate and Constituent Affairs Coordinator working with homeless, family, and senior housing issues. Adele wants to improve the quality of life for all Haverhill residents by improving economic development, education, and public safety.

 

Michael S. McGonagle

Michael McGonagle

Michael S. McGonagle

Mike McGonagle is a lifelong Haverhill resident, who graduated from Haverhill High School. He is a former U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman, attended NECC and has a BA in Business Management from Lesley University. He owns a temporary staffing agency in Haverhill. Mike has served on the City Council from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2011 to the present. He has served as the Public Safety Subcommittee Chair and Administration and Finance Subcommittee member. He is the president of Greater Haverhill Rebuilding Together and is a member of the Korean Veterans Memorial for Haverhill. His goal is to continue maximizing economic development and educational excellence opportunities and increasing public safety initiatives in Haverhill.

 

John A. Michitson

Michitson, John

John Michitson

John Michitson is a lifelong resident of Haverhill and has been on the City Council for the past sixteen years – seven years as its president. He has many accomplishments, among them the development of the first economic plan for Haverhill in decades, leader of the current initiative to reduce violent crimes, aiding the development of a capital improvements plan, and the building of the new Hunking School building for which he helped build public consensus through door-to-door campaigning. Mr. Michitson is an  electrical engineer and is the manager of MITRE Corp. He received a BS in electrical engineering from Merrimack College and has completed the MIT Sloan School of Management Entrepreneurship Development Program. John’s goals are to work with agencies to reduce crime and drug use in the City, bring better jobs at all levels, expand career opportunities in our schools, bolster public safety, and maintain municipal buildings. Other issues being eyed by John are advocating for bringing Makerspaces to Haverhill, lobbying for a world-class broadband network to compete with XFINITY/COMCAST, focus on a capital improvement plan for Haverhill’s school buildings like Tilton, J.G. Whittier, and Constentino as well as other city buildings.

 

Kenneth E. Quimby, Jr.

Ken Quimby, Jr.

Kenneth Quimby, Jr.

As a Haverhill native, Ken Quimby, Jr. understands what is needed in Haverhill. Ken has many goals, including, but not limited to, increasing public safety by updating our city’s fire equipment and working for more accessible senior housing. He also wants to bring additional industry to our community. Mr. Quimby graduated from Haverhill High School and attended Northern Essex Community College. Presently he takes care of handicapped and sick individuals as a Personal Care Assistant. This makes him singularly knowledgeable regarding the needs of some of the most disadvantaged members of our society. 

 

Fred Simmons

Fred Simmons

Fred Simmons

Fred Simmons is a Haverhill native who graduated from Whittier Vocational High School in 1981 and the Northeast Regional Police Institute in 1992. He has taken various self-improvement and labor-related courses at various institutions, including Northern Essex Community College. He has been a custodian at the Haverhill Public School Department sine 1993 and is a very active member of S.E.I.U 888 since 2009, currently serving on its Executive Board. He has also volunteered as a Haverhill Auxiliary Police Officer for five years and served as a Constable. Fred is also an AFRAM and Latino Caucus member since 2012. Fred has been a champion of workers and the union movement and feels that of all the candidates, he could best represent the ordinary citizens’ needs on the City Council.

 

Thomas J. Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan

Thomas Sullivan

Tom Sullivan is currently serving in his third term on the Haverhill City Council. He is a life-long resident of Haverhill, the father of two daughters, Julie and Ellen. Tom is a graduate of Suffolk University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Government in 1982 and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree in 1987. He is also a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, having earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1992. Tom is a small business owner of the downtown Law Office of Thomas J. Sullivan, specializing in residential and commercial real estate transactions in MA, NH and ME. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Career Resources Corporation that serves the developmentally disabled community and brain injured Veterans, and was the President of the Board from 2012-2014. He is the Vice-Chairman of the VFW Santa Parade. He is also the Vice President of Development of the Winnekenni Foundation, which is responsible for operating, maintaining and promoting community events at Winnekenni Castle. He is a member of the City of Haverhill’s Forest Management Committee, responsible for implementing a forest stewardship program and a Municipal Open Space Management Fund to ensure the healthy preservation, protection, and perpetuation of actively managed forests. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Essex National Heritage Commission, and a former member of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as a past Commissioner of the Haverhill License Commission. He is also an advisor for Haverhill’s Brightside program in the City of Haverhill.

 

Andres X. Vargas

Andres X. Vargas

Andres X. Vargas

Andres X. Vargas was raised in Haverhill, attended Haverhill’s public schools and received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Andy served at two offices in the Massachusetts State House, including the office of Chairman Brian Dempsey. Andy has a strong background in public service, with experiences extending to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, under the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, where he helped small and medium sized U.S. businesses export their products, while also spending some time serving at the White House, under the President’s Office of Communication. Mr. Vargas has also been serving as a City Councilor since 2015. He has been a dedicated supporter of the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) team. As a VIP leader, Andy was trained in the areas of preventing gang violence and bullying. Andy often visited the middle schools to tutor students in the fields of math, science, and history, while also mentoring students coming from difficult backgrounds and lower income families. Andy organized Haverhill Baseball for All, which received baseball equipment donations to form a free league for inner city Haverhill kids. Before leaving Haverhill High, Andy helped draft and file MA bill S.00183, an Act to design, pilot, and implement civics as a high school graduation requirement, which received 48 co-sponsors. At Boston University, Andy founded the Boston University Political Action Organization and served as the Director of the Department for City Affairs for BU’s Student Government. Andy is focused on revitalizing our neighborhoods, bringing new businesses to the City, supporting young people in the community, and facing the toughest issues we see in Haverhill, such as drug use, violence, immigration and homelessness.

 

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