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A Clean Campaign Based on Facts
Methuen Councilor Ken Willette

I have once again decided to run for re-election as your Methuen city councilor at large, with the campaign theme: “Proven Experience that Works for You!” I have been honored to represent your interests on the Methuen City Council for the past four years, and previously with my four years of service on the Methuen School Committee. I have never hesitated to question how our city government spends your taxpayer dollars, and to make sure that all elected and appointed officials operate in an ethical and honest fashion. I have always maintained high ethical standards in all of my dealings, and I will continue to fight to ensure that all city officials are held accountable for their actions.

I soon plan on marrying the love of my life, Dawn, and raising a family in the community that I deeply cherish. I want to live in a community that I can be proud of, where we continue to provide an outstanding education, where we are responsive to taxpayer concerns and customer service, and where we encourage sensible economic development and meaningful job growth.

We face many difficult challenges over the next two years. We will have to address the dire structural problems at Methuen High School, where the future accreditation of our flagship learning institution is at stake and will be dependent on our immediate actions to secure school building assistance from the state.

The recent accreditation team that reviewed the high school commended our administration and teachers for providing a strong learning environment, for instituting a clearly defined mission statement and for implementing the necessary tools to promote academic and vocational success. However, the major red flag of the accreditation report remains the obsolete and deficient infrastructure that desperately needs to be totally renovated and revamped.

By the same token, we will have to address deplorable conditions at many of our fire stations across the city. Even with the sizable residential, commercial, retail and industrial growth that we have experienced in our community over the past ten years, our dedicated and highly trained firefighters have met the increased demand for emergency services, by rapidly and efficiently responding to all possible crisis scenarios. I applaud the current task force for studying feasible sites for a new fire station in the East End of Methuen, to replace the outdated and insufficient conditions now present at the East End fire station.

I have worked on many issues over the past two years. I am pleased to have worked with the Forest Street neighborhood in successfully defeating a large-scale, 40R development in that vicinity. In addition, I am proud of my efforts to question spending by Greater Lawrence Vocational School officials on publicly funded trips, which led to real reforms in their travel policy.

I recommended mandatory abutter notification when a neighborhood dog has been deemed potentially dangerous. As the co-chair of the “Appoint Mr. Nick” committee, I am proud to have mobilized the massive public lobbying effort to have Arthur Nicholson interviewed and considered as a finalist for superintendent of schools.

I have also questioned the administration on occasion to ensure that the Methuen City Council receives all information and documentation in order to make balanced and informed decisions.

During all of my years of public service, I have returned all constituent calls, resolved complicated cases, reached out to diverse groups and attended as many  meetings and public hearings as possible. I have never personalized my official statements on the Methuen City Council, and I have always conducted clean and informative campaigns. You have my public vow that I will refuse to engage in negative or destructive attacks in my mailings, advertisements and during any upcoming debates.

I hope I’ve earned your confidence once again when you go to the polls in November. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me when you have a concern about government services in Methuen.

Ken Willette is an at-large city councilor in Methuen. He is seeking reelection in the fall. You can email him at kennethwillette@comcast.net

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The July 2007 Edition of the Valley Patriot
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