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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Councilor-at-Large 2011 - Tim Phelan

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 Tim Phelan.  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?

I was born in Lynn Hospital and have lived in Lynn my entire life. My mother and father are both from Lynn as well. My family has made Lynn their home since the early 1800’s. I choose to stay in Lynn and raise my family here because I love this City. I grew up on Kings Beach Road and spent countless hours on the beach playing with many neighborhood kids as well as my brothers and sisters. I went to Brickett Elementary School, Eastern Junior High, currently called Thurgood Marshall Middle School, and graduated from Lynn English High School, as did my 8 siblings, father and grandfather. I earned a BA in Humanities from Providence College and JD from New England School of Law in Boston.

I worked for Neighborhood Legal Services in Lynn providing legal assistance to an indigent client base, as well as being a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office (SJC 3:03). I have also been a substitute teacher in the Lynn Public Schools and a tutor at North Shore Community College. I am a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. Federal District Court in Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals and the American Bar Association. I have worked as the Human Rights Coordinator for S.T.R.I.V.E and served on many boards raising money for important causes such as Catholic Charities North. I have volunteered and coached many youth teams over the years in Lynn Youth Soccer and St. Pius CYO Basketball. I am currently a practicing attorney. My family had a business on Nahant Street for 40 years. In 2003 the building was burned to the ground by an arsonist. My family again decided to invest in Lynn and purchased an old run down building in downtown. It was falling apart and infested with rats and pigeons. Since that time through a lot of elbow grease, hard work and investment the building and business is up and running currently hosting Dito’s convenience store on the first level. However the thing that makes me most qualified to run for office is that I am a husband, a father of two children, a homeowner and a taxpayer.


2. Why are you running for Councilor At-Large?
 
I am running for Councilor at Large because I believe I can make a difference. Since being in office I have always remained independent. I have made a point of this so I would never be beholding to any single group, organization or political action committee. The formula for failure is the elected official who tries to keep everyone happy or do what is politically correct or expedient. I do not live by this motto. I do what I believe needs to be done for the best interest of the City of Lynn, period. I will continue to do so for as long as I have the privilege of holding public office.

I believe I would be able to list a long list of accomplishments in my tenure being on the City Council. However I will not do so here because what happened yesterday is not important. It is what is going to happen tomorrow that is important. I bring energy, passion and fight to this position. I am not afraid to speak my piece and take hard stands for our City. You will always know where I stand on an issue as I am not one to stay in the background or sit on the fence. I will fight for the people of this City. That is why I am running.

3. What do you see that is in most need of change? How will you change it?

There are many issues that need changing. The foremost is the concern of Public Safety. Without safe streets and neighborhoods everything suffers, i.e. real estate values, downtown development, schools, the perception of our City, etc. The trickle down or domino effect of this is tremendously negative. We must increase funding for police, increase community policing so that they can get to the youth at a young age and educate children in our schools to the negatives involved in crime. If you do not keep kids busy, more likely that not, many will get in trouble. This starts with the availability of after-school programs to keep kids off the streets.

Thank you,
Tim Phelan
 

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