Joel Faretra

Central District Councilor

(978) 771-9441

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Public Statement

I have been a Methuen resident for almost 20 years. I am proud to call Methuen my home. It’s citizens are some of the most passionate people I have met. We will rally to help our own when in need or gather to fight for what is right for our city. Unfortunately, that does not seem to happen at City Hall. Many of our elected officials will cast their vote because of who they owe favors to or who they know instead of what is best for us.

I am running in hope that we can take Methuen back and have elected officials who will put Methuen first and not their special interests. I am not a politician. You get what you see. I am not going to change because I am running for office.

One of the first questions I have asked of me is what are my conflicts in the city. My wife is a teacher at MHS. I do not have conflicts with any other family members.

Next is why are you running and how will you help turn this city around. I will work with my colleagues to create more transparency in the city budget process, especially those departments that bring in money throughout the year in fees. We need to make sure departments live within their means and limit unnecessary expenses, such as overtime, and trim the fat so we have money to take care of our infrastructure.

We need to attract new businesses and corporations into Methuen to lessen the burden. We are being left behind while Salem, NH and Lawrence keep growing. We need to keep up with our neighbors and attract businesses that will bring people and jobs to Methuen. We need to maximize our great geography and promote this to potential businesses.

There needs to be an investment into the community from the city. We lack open space and continue to sell off land to developers. Methuen is in desperate need for new recreational areas and the areas we do have are not utilized to their potential or left to rot. We need to work with our state delegation to secure grant money from the state along with our city government and local businesses to invest in ourselves. We have some of the strongest youth and volunteer organizations in Methuen that serve a great purpose to our community. We need to let their voices be heard and work with them instead of creating an us vs them environment. We need to fund our schools on par with other communities but also make sure that those funds are allocated correctly, not wasted on administrative costs and departments are not top heavy and leaving our teachers short changed on the floor.