Thank you for this opportunity to respond to your questions. While I will supply some brief responses for this venue, I invite Lynn citizens to visit my website, andersonsyourvoice.com, for more detailed information, some points of my record, and a section devoted to position pages. Please make me one of your four votes on September 20!
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? What on your resume or in your life experience makes you qualified for this office?
I am a native of Keene, NH, have lived throughout the 3-state region and MetroBoston, and have lived in Lynn since 2000. I attended Keene schools, have an A.A. from Northern Essex Community College / Haverhill, and a B.A. from Williams College. I am divorced and widowed. I am self-employed as a property manager as well as in public relations, event planning, political consulting, and free-lance writing. I have a background as a knitter and weaver in the now-gone New England textile industry, a para-professional assistant in medical-surgical-oncology-
psychiatric hospital units, and bicycle
sales and repairs. In Lynn, I have served on the Citizens' Advisory
Board for the Office of Community Development, founded The Gateway
Project for Lynn beautification and advocacy group, am active in many
"Friends" groups, and am a 2-mayor appointee to the Lynn Historical
Commission. My varied background, coupled with a penchant for
organization and socio-political activism, lend themselves to
qualification for serving as a Lynn City Councilor-at-Large. I have a
9-year attendance record at City Council meetings second only to Council
President Phelan. Due to that experience, I have learned how the
system works, have influenced procedure and ordinance-writing, and am
ideally suited to serve as City Councilor.
2. Why are you running for Councilor At-Large?
I am offering myself as a choice to my neighbors for one of their four votes for City Councilor at Large because I aim to be a link between the citizens and City Hall. For several years, I have been looked upon as a 'shadow councilor' due to my involvement with all aspects of our city. Time and again, I have helped Lynners find the right contact in a department, have a tree removed, a sidewalk replaced, or a storm drain unclogged. I do not claim to have all the answers, but have a keen process for finding them. While many of the current councilors are doing an adequate job, I feel that our city deserves better vision and implementation of policies and services. With my experience, independence, and work ethic, I know that I would hit the ground running in January.
3. What do you see that is in most need of change? How will you change it?
After several false starts, our city-central region is on the brink of re-inventing itself. The trend toward specialty-stores, multi-cuisine eateries, and a burgeoning arts and cultural district is on course, albeit a few years behind other cities with a similar makeup. Collectively, we must embrace this new direction and focus on its success for the liveliness, financial health, and pride for our city and citizens. We must become a true destination city, building on the natural resources we have in our Woods and shoreline, potential commercial mix, and myriad activities. We must embrace the diverse cultural mosaic of humankind while we thrive in sharing all heritages. We must remember that our city is not just the tangible structures, but is the people who live here. A campaign to encourage benign lifestyles and quality-of-life issues is something I pledge to pursue. I envision a "LynnQuality" initiative encouraging proper public conduct by all residents. City Hall can be a light-handed moral compass, guiding the masses toward living healthy, responsibly, and united. Please share this future vision with me.
Calvin Anderson, Candidate for Lynn Councilor-at-Large