DowntownLynn.com continues it's Election series with a Councilor At-Large roundup. I asked each of the candidates 3 questions. Here is the response from Clay Walsh. To see more on this series, please visit the Lynn, MA Councilor At-Large 2011 Series.
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?
was born in the old Lynn Hospital and grew up right here in Lynn. I
attended Our Lady of the Assumption and went to high school at St.
Mary’s. After receiving scholarships I went on to Endicott College and
graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. I
like many others faced tough economy changes which put me in a position
to change fields a couple of times. I started out in the dot.com industry and moved on to hospitality where I managed restaurants including one on Martha’s Vineyard. When my father, Bob Walsh,
started a small heating oil business here in Lynn, I took on the role
of running the office, as well as driving the oil trucks and delivering
to residents in the community.
adaptability in different economic conditions, work experience of
overseeing the day to day operations of small business and dealing with
the public is what I bring to the City Council. It is also important to
note that I grew up around the Lynn’s waterfront. My family is well
known for the ‘Walsh’s Deep Sea Fishing’ boats
on Lynn’s waterfront. I have a lot of knowledge about boating, docks,
use and access of the harbor, and the effects of the weather. Since the
city has an agenda to develop the waterfront, I believe that it is
important for Lynn to have councilman, like myself, who grew up in that
I also bring to the table my leadership skills with
community involvement. I serve as an officer in the Knights of Columbus
and as a board member of The Friends of Lynn Woods. I am an usher at
St. Pius V parish and have taken on a role as a facilitator with their
ARISE program. I am an avid runner and participate in Lynn events
including the Clock to the Rock, the St Pat’s Day, and the Lynn Woods
races. Those that know me, see that I volunteer as much as I can, for
any community events, whether it is for Item Santa or local neighborhood
2. Why are you running for Councilor At-Large?
am running for Councilor At Large because I want help get Lynn moving
forward again. First, I believe it is important for the sitting council
to work with the sitting mayor for any city to gets its wheels turning
again. As your Councilor At Large, I will work to improve the seemingly
lack of communication that has occurred recently between the mayor’s
office and the council.
Second, I believe it is time for new
leadership. The majority of our council is comprised of members who
have held office for a long time now. I believe that it is important
that we elect someone younger, who has a vision and the passion to right
some of the wrongs our city has made in its past. As your new
Councilor At Large, I work hard towards fulfilling my vision of a
cleaner, more pro business city that is mindful of improving its
infrastructure, crime rates and schools.
Last, I see our
waterfront, a vital part of our future. I don’t think we need to
reinvent the wheel here. Seaport Boston and Salem are two examples of
successful developments along a waterfront area. While Lynn’s future
design (master plan) looks beautiful on paper, it is critical that Lynn
has a councilor who will challenge the current plans so that we build
something strong and lasting for our future. There is no substitute for
a candidate with experience on and around the water.
3. What do you see that is in most need of change? How will you change it?
perception is what is in need of the most change. The problem cannot
be solved from the bottom up. It needs to start at the top with our
mayor and city council and trickle down. We can start by being more
friendly and courteous to one another. We as leadership cannot fold to
the negatives that confront us and we all must lead by example.
is everything. We need to believe in our city. If we don’t’ believe
in it, how the heck are we supposed to get others to believe in us.
This is not an overnight fix. This is something we need to do
together. We must start to revisit our downtown. We must start to
revisit our parks. We must start to participate more in community
Even with 300 police officers, crime would still
exist. The police department has a great crime watch program that all
of us could participate in. The key here is community participation.
Crime will always exist, but if we start to work together, we become
stronger in numbers. The more community involvement we have, the more
likely we are to reclaim the proud Lynn we used to be.