- Joe Mendonca, (whose website is here.) (Joe-Mendonca@comcast.net)
- Paul Belley
- Ryan Berard, (whose website is here.)
- Franky Descoteaux, (pronounced Dakota, I am told)
- Ray Weicker
- Syed Hussain
- Pat Stratton
- Patrick Murphy, (whose website is here.)
- James Wogas (whose website is inbound shortly.)(JIWish@aol.com)
I would not suggest that we take the position of "Vote them all out," but I do think it is time to think about each of the incumbents and each of the challengers and then try to find some fits. Some of the incumbents have been great for Lowell and some haven't. Perhaps we need some fresh faces with fresh ideas. On the other hand, with only eight challengers running, at least one of the incumbents will be sticking around.
To be up front about my own position, I went to Jim Millinazo's campaign kickoff. But, I also went to the one for Joe Mendonca and the one for Franky Descoteaux. I didn't contribute equally to each of them, but I did contribute to all three. You can check the records and see what I did contribute.
These are hard times, in the sense that they are challenging times. Further, the question is not just what are we going to do to keep the city afloat in 2010 and 2011.
We also need to ask ourselves about the vision for 2020 and 2030. Capital investments take a long time. Whatever we want our city to be in 2020, we need to be taking the decisions now.
I am hoping to interview as many candidates as possible and post the results on my blog. One of the questions I ask will be about vision for 2020 and the path to get there. I will ask about what they think our demographics will be in 2020—that is looking one census ahead. What about industry? What about the University? Will we be a destination city—people working elsewhere and living and dining and shopping here?
You need to be asking the candidates the same question.
And contributing money, even if it is only a dollar.
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Regards — Cliff