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November 2, 2013

Salem council hopefuls weigh in on city issues



What’s the city’s greatest challenge? “Controlling growth in a positive manner. We need to look at bringing in more white-collar business in the downtown and focus less on bringing in new residents,” Legault said. “... We don’t need to stop resident growth but we do need to look at ‘how much is too much?’.”

What grade would you give Mayor Kim Driscoll? Legault declined to specify a letter grade. “The mayor is probably the most effective and decisive mayor we’ve had in my lifetime,” he said, “but sometimes I’d like to see her focus less on the outside forces that want to develop Salem (and have) a little more focus on local issues.”

What is one idea that would help the City Council work better? “I just think that each person on the council, whenever a divisive issue comes up, needs to be willing to take a step back from their personal views, no matter how strong, and think about how they can work together instead of being opposed,” he said. “We can have differing views but still work together.”


What’s the city’s greatest challenge? “Hands down, it’s the school system and turning it around,” Milo said. “I’m a candidate for City Council, not School Committee, but I also realize how the dots are connected. The schools impact all Salem residents, whether they have a child in school or not. ... As a councilor, I would support providing the resources that the system needs to go forward.”

What grade would you give Mayor Kim Driscoll? “I would say a B+, and that relates back to the schools,” she said. “I’m encouraged, I think we’re well on our way to turning the schools around, and when that happens the B+ would become an A.”

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