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As your city councilor, I will continue to be accessible by phone and email. My accessibility allows constituents to express their opinions and concerns. I have always maintained the utmost level of professionalism and respectability because I believe in the importance of civility in government.

As your city councilor, I will continue to advocate for:

  • A full review of our City Charter.
  • Additional opportunities to improve civic engagement.
    • In 2016, I spearheaded the initiative to purchase legislative software that allows residents to watch all City Council meetings 24/7 via on-demand access. Since its implementation in May 2019, all City Council budget meetings were available for viewing for the first time in the history of the city. An additional rollout to this software is the creation of an online central location that will house all agendas, meeting minutes, and other supporting documentation which will be coming soon. 
    • I will continue to advocate that all Board and Commission meetings be available for streaming.

economic development

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john's vision for Medford 

#OneMedford

​​As your city councilor, I will continue to advocate for:

  • Improved infrastructure throughout our neighborhoods including streets, sidewalks, and bike paths.
  • Increasing our tree canopy and preserve existing trees throughout the city to protect our environment and improve our quality of life.
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and improved traffic patterns throughout the city by working with the traffic engineer.
  • The administration to work with local and state officials to reduce airplane noise. 

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affordable housing

financial and city planning

I was the chair of the subcommittee that created Medford’s first Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that increased the required number of units that a developer must set aside as affordable units. While this is a concrete step, I feel that we need to do more. The creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which could provide financial support for rental, homeownership and mixed-use projects as well as housing for the disabled, is one idea that we need to pursue.

Because of its proximity to Boston, Medford is a prime location. We need to stand up against developers who are only concerned about maximizing their profits without regard to our residents. I have always sought to protect the character and integrity of our neighborhoods from development that is burdensome and ill-planned.

In 2016, I offered a resolution that the city hire a zoning consultant because our zoning has not been reviewed in over 50 years. I am deeply committed to this process.

As your city councilor, I will continue to advocate for:

  • Responsible and well-planned changes to our zoning ordinances.
  • Development of the Mystic Avenue Corridor (MAC) that is well thought out and involves all stake holders including neighbors, business owners, and community members. Any development on Mystic Avenue needs to address such concerns as traffic, pedestrian safety, green space, public transportation, public safety, infrastructure needs, and impact on the school system.
  • Zoning that is in the best interest of our residents and not those looking to make a quick profit at our expense. I am not afraid to stand alone against irresponsible development. I was the only city councilor to speak against the proposed Canal Street project at the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

​Our local business districts consist of many small businesses that are the economic engine of our local economy. They create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and create the identity of Medford’s community.

As your city councilor, I will continue to advocate for:

  • More resources in our Office of Community Development to support current and future business owners.
  • Improvements to our business districts to make them safer and more welcoming.
  • Beautifying our squares, including cleaner streets and working with our strong arts community to make Medford an inviting place to visit.
  • ​A review of our city ordinances to ensure that we are attracting and retaining the best stores and businesses.
  • The creation of walking paths and bicycle trails from Medford Square to the middle schools and Hormel Stadium.

    In addition to all of the initiatives that I advocate for, I encourage residents to join me in shopping local.  It could be B-boys at Jim’s Market, breakfast at Magnificent Muffin, ice cream at CB Scoops, dinner at Carroll’s, Raso’s, Salvatore’s, etc., or a quick trip to Modern Hardware. We are fortunate to have so many fine establishments in Medford and, as residents, we can help keep small businesses booming.

PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

Financial and city planning is necessary to ensure that our city will be able to provide adequate services for present and future generations of Medford residents.

As your city councilor, I will continue to advocate for:

  • Improved delivery of basic city services, such as street sweeping and clean parks.
  • Funding for a new Medford Fire Department Headquarters.
  • Completion of the new Medford Police Department Headquarters and Medford Public Library.
  • Additional resources, equipment, and staff to support and protect our police and fire departments, and public works employees.
  • A Master Plan that will position Medford to apply for local, state, and federal grants. A Master Plan will also help guide future development in Medford.
  • Monthly financial reporting to the City Council. As a member of the Medford School Committee, I successfully advocated for monthly financial reporting that enabled the committee to monitor spending.

​​​​​I welcome the opportunity to interact and collaborate with all of our city's diverse residents.  We are a community of young families, long-time residents, new residents, college students, single people, millennials, and senior citizens to name a few.  Each of us has an important voice to be heard and contribution to make towards Medford's ongoing vitality.  The foundation of my vision for Medford, and what I advocate for as your city councilor, is built upon what residents have expressed as their hopes for the future of our city.    


As your city councilor, I will continue to advocate for:

  • Increased funding for capital improvements to benefit our schools.
  • Increased funding to support improvements in technology for all schools.
  • Small class sizes and additional funding for professional development.