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Gil Frechette Will Not Seek Reelection

One of the most highly respected and least controversial Lawrence city councilors, Gil Frechette, says he will not seek reelection in November. Frechette is stepping down after eight years on the council and says it is a decision he did not make lightly.

“Believe me,” Frechette said in an exclusive interview with The Valley Patriot, “I took a long time thinking about this. For the last two months it has been very difficult to make this decision. I have a lot of feelings about it both ways, but I think it is time for me to say ‘enough is enough.’ I’ve done my part. I’ve done as much as I can do and its time to give someone else a chance to see what they can do.” Frechette, a retired Massachusetts state trooper, has been the voice of reason and a calming force on a chaotic City Council that is most often mired in personal and political conflicts.

“I have no animosity towards anyone; this is not about politics. I just felt the time had come to change … to do something else. This is the time for me.”

Frechette says he is proud to be part of some of the major improvements in the city, including the new multi-million dollar water treatment facility, some of the great developments happening in the former mill buildings and working for his consti-tuents in the Mount Vernon Neighborhood in South Lawrence. Asked if he had any regrets or disappointments, he responded, saying that he is still haunted by the location of the new Lawrence High School on Rt. 114. “To be honest, I’m still trying to get over that one. That was hard.” Frechette said the one thing he would have wanted to see in his tenure on the council was a new police station. “I was hoping by now it would at least be on the horizon, but that’s not the case.”

The District “E” councilor said he will most likely refrain from endorsing a candidate to replace him in the November city election and speculated that a number of candidates will come forward to run for the seat. Asked how he would like to be remembered, he said, “I honestly feel, whether I have agreed with people or not over the years that I always acted, not for myself, but for the best interest of the city of Lawrence.”

Asked if he had any projects he wishes he could have seen through to fruition, Frechette replied, “I wish I could have finished the ongoing project with the Mount Vernon Park. It’s very difficult to get any funding in this area because we don’t qualify for most federal funds. It is very difficult to get funding … because most federal money is designated for inner city neighborhoods.”

Don’t miss our tribute to outgoing councilor Gil Frechette in the December edition of The Valley Patriot.   


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The June 2007 Edition of the Valley Patriot
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