City Hall, Election 2017, Politics

Marks Seeking Re-election to City Council

Michael MarksLet me begin by saying what I hope all of you already know about me: I love this city!

It has been my passion for as long as I can remember, and it is why I have devoted the better half of my adult life to public service here in Medford. We are poised on the threshold of a new era about to take a new and exciting step forward, front and center, reaching into the 21st century.

If you will give me your support, your confidence, your trust, we can soar!

We can make our city the envy of its neighbors, the pride of its citizens, a legacy for generations to come.

Together, we can seize this opportunity to transform Medford from the status quo into the great, peerless city it deserves to be – a city on the cutting edge.

Let’s make Medford the miracle city on the Mystic.

What are your ideas, you ask? What have you accomplished? What can we expect from Michael Marks? All fair questions.

So, let me give you a broad overview of my accomplishments and what you can expect from me over the next 2 years in both style and substance.

My agenda as your representative will be driven by you, the residents and by public input. It will be a collaboration. My goal is to be both transparent and accessible.

As your city councilor, I have never shrunk from the big, contentious issues. I will continue to take them head on, as I always have. “Safe” is not a place I’m at.

My message to the neighborhoods is this: I am your voice. I will continue to hear you. You will always have a friend in Michael Marks. I will yield to no one in my support of the neighborhoods!

During the past 16 years, as your city councilor, I have dedicated myself to “doing the people’s business”, and, to this end, I’ve worked tirelessly to be worthy of your trust. Over that time, I’ve become experienced in a broad and expansive range of issues, and I would like to think that I’ve learned what makes Medford’s heartbeat.

The revitalization of Medford is central to our success as a thriving community on the cusp of a new, innovative future. Economic opportunities abound, but we must reach out for them. Today, one of those opportunities exists in plain view: 3 city owned parcels of land on the eastern edge of Medford Square. As your city councilor, I will encourage an invigorated Office of Community Development to take a more proactive role in attracting new investment and in charting the future of our community.

Seniors! Seniors will always be on my radar. We forged our connection many years ago while I was novice city councilor. To this day, I actively support issues important to our seniors and will continue to marshall all the resources at my disposal to insure that seniors always get a fair shot. You guys can count on it. You deserve nothing less!

As your city councilor I proposed and won approval to reduce the speed limit City wide to 25MPH and to create Medford’s first raised crosswalk improving pedestrian safety.

I advocated for a complete review of current zoning laws to encourage smart growth concepts and neighborhood protections.

I proposed the resolution which resulted in improved emergency preparedness procedures for Medford Public Housing.

I Supported the hiring of a Traffic Engineer to review public safety, traffic calming initiatives and roadway improvements.

As your city councilor I will continue to support and offer suggestions to reduce the unrelenting air plane noise over our neighborhoods.

I am an early and ongoing Charter Review advocate to review ways on improving how city government operates .

I organized a group of residents and established the Medford Dog Park Committee securing a private grant to fund the first Public Dog Park in Medford.

I Proposed and won approval to create first ever budget line Item funding for the Arts.

As your city councilor I successfully led the charge to take back city ownership of the Hagner Center with the intent to create Medford’s first Art Center.

I sponsored the resolution to create temporary pop-up community space in our parks, business districts and unrented storefronts.

I was the originator of a resolution to have solar panels installed on the DPW facility reducing our carbon foot print.

As a Daily Public Transportation user I will continue to support programs to build and improve public transportation in Medford including public bike paths and walkway improvements.

I Offered the resolution which created Medford’s Rain barrel program to conserve and repurpose rain water.

And now that you know who I am, and where I plan to journey with you over the next couple of years, let me finish with these words:

I am,and always have been, motivated by a sense of duty – a summons to serve. What can I do for my community?

How can I improve the lives of my fellow citizens, the people of Medford?

And yes, I have an obligation to the people of Medford to get it right.

I have a vision for Medford, but I need you – all of you- by my side to make that vision a reality.

This is our watershed moment!

Let’s not squander it.

Our best days are ahead of us.

I respectfully ask you vote for Michael Marks on Tuesday November 7th

Please Contact ma at: (781)396-5387
email: Michael@Marksformedford.com or
Visit my website at Marksformedford.com

– Submited by Michael J Marks, Medford City Council

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