The seven candidates were each given two minutes for opening and closing remarks; most mentioned wanting to serve or “give back” to a city they love and have lived in for most, or all, of their lives.
Milo and Gachignard both pledged to bring consensus-building and common sense to a committee that often does not see eye-to-eye.
“It’s time to stop the bickering and make progress,” Milo said.
Held at the Moose Family Center on Grove Street, last night’s forum was sponsored by the Mack Park Neighborhood Association and numerous other neighborhood groups from across the city. Organizers provided a spread of food and coffee for the many attendees, who sat at round tables in the lodge’s function hall.
Resident Sophia O’Brien served as moderator.
Last night’s forum was recorded and will be rebroadcast on Salem cable access television.
Sound bites: Salem councilor-at-large candidate forum
If elected, what causes would you champion?
- Jerry Ryan: representing the people and doing what is right
- Kenneth Sawicki: the city school district
- Arthur Sargent: protective zoning/working against overdevelopment, also working against the proposed expansion of Salem's transfer station on Swampscott Road and National Grid's plan to install high-voltage transmission cables through city neighborhoods
- Tom Furey: education/city schools
- Norene Gachignard: the arts, an arts center
- Bill Legault: growth -- focus less on building condominiums downtown and more on bringing business downtown
- Elaine Milo: stabilizing taxes and serving all residents