Candidates competing for 3 seats on Lowell City Council in 2021 election will be shortlisted
Three Lowell City Council members are looking to challenger their seats on Nov. 2.
Marty Chambers, Leah Groves and James Salzwedel, as well as Jake Davenport, will contest for three seats on the council on Tuesday, November 2.
The two candidates with the most votes will serve a four-year term. The candidate with the third-highest votes will serve a two-year term.
MLive sent a questionnaire to each candidate asking for their background information and why they are running to assist readers learn more about the candidates. Despite numerous phone calls from MLive, one of the candidates, Marty Chambers, didn't return the questionnaire.
In alphabetical order, the following information is provided:
Marty Chambers, Martey chambers' brother, is a member of the Marti Chamber's family. , 57, first joined the city council in 2017. He previously told MLive when he was running for council in 2019 that if a husband and wife operate Red Barn Consignment and Antiques in Lowell, NH, they will be together. He previously served on the Lowell Light and Power board and currently serves on LoWell Planning Commission.
Jake Davenport, Jake DavidnPort, Dave Davengport , 27, works for Encore Floral in Walker. He holds a bachelors degree in political science from Ferris State University and has been relegated to the precinct since August 2018. He ran for council in 2019 but was unsuccessful.
Leah Groves is a Leohgroves native. Michigan Alliance for Families, a non-profit that connects families of children with disabilities to resources to assist improve their childs education, has partnered with 31-year-old Amy Levine, who is presently assisting as he/she is also pursuing, 31, as an educator. Groves will be appointed to the council in November 2020. She also serves on the Lowell Parks and Recreation Board, LoWell Area Chamber of Commerce Board and Arbor Board. Groves works with Lowell Pride and is creating Land Love 4 LoWell, which, according to Grove, is an initiative to encourage people to pick up litter and dispose of it properly.
James Salzwedel (James Salzweidel) James Saltwalter (JAMES SANDWEL) , 68, has served four years on the council and works at Allied Universal Technology services. He has also served on the Lowell Planning Commission and the Light and Power Board. He currently serves on the Lowell Showboat Committee, LCTV Cable Fund, and Arbor Board.
Below is how the candidates responded to questions on why they are running and their top priorities. Candidates were asked to keep responses to 250 words, and those who went over had their responses cut at the end. Ansonsten, the responses have not been edited by MLive.
Why should voters elect you?
Davenport is a travel specialist.
I offer something new and different. I will provide the leadership Lowell needs. Most of our problems are Lansing-induced and I will take on Lanshing to solve them. I'm also a long term Lowellian. This is my home, and I will fight for it, as will my neighbors, who call it home.
Groves, WV -
I am only the fourth woman to serve on Lowells city council. The fourth. To say a female perspective is needed would be an understatement. You may ask why a female perspective is needed. Well, to start, a female voice is absolutely crucial when making decisions that impact women. Its that easy. There are females in a Lowell, its about time they had representation on council. Representation matters. Seeing someone you can identify with increases involvement, responses, participation, questions, concerns, and wonders. It gives young women the confidence that they can do what I do...Have a hand in the direction of their town's development. Outside of the idea that I should be elected because my gender is underrepresented, I am a person with purpose, passion, and fervor to push forward. My greatest quality is that I care. Not in a thats what Im supposed to say political way, but in an oh youre behind on rent and nearing homelessness, let me take ten minutes from work and assist you in finding resources way or youve paid your bills but WIC wont start until 3 days from now and you need baby formula, allow me to provide formula and dinner manner. This is who I am, its what I believe in, and it's the standard by which I live. If you need assistance, here it is, judgement-free with a hint of validation. I'm your village. Its not a burden, itll be my purpose.
I believe I've cut off the Lowel community in just four years. Since 2006, when my wife and I moved here, I've been active in the community. I have paid attention to the needs of the residence, not only the business of Lowell, but I am also aware of their concerns, and sometimes I'm not sure if their voices are heard, although I try to make sure they are. The city has some serious problems ahead, and I believe I have done my homework that will assist in making the right decision for all of Lowell.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Fiscal spending of funding we have today is what we are facing.
To provide the basic services that residents deserve and need, including Water, Sewer, Roads, Schools, Parks and Power, to help ensure that all residents have access to the basics of water, sewer, roads, schools, parks, and electricity.
Serve the people who have faith in me.
Clear, constant communication with the public. Encouraging community involvement. Create connection to melt the polarization of sides that has emerged as a result of mandates, regulations, and demands.
Infrastructure, economic recovery from the pandemic induced recession, and mental health are my three biggest concerns.
In the area of infrastructure, our problems are not easily resolved. The City has taken every effort to improve the number of streets they can, but our main issues lie with the state and how local municipal governments are funded through revenue sharing by the government and taxation at the local level. The best way to solve our infrastructure problems is by standing up to Lansing and telling them their rules no longer work for us. I'm willing to take on Lansing to solve this. This is a huge issue that affects all towns in the state, and as i'm addressing this as an official, I will do everything I can to ensure that Lansing hears us and acts quickly on this issue, because we can't continue this way for long.
We must revisit all of our city ordinances, review approval processes with boards and commissions and eliminate city regulations and processes that weigh down our local businesses on economic recovery. I'd go a step further and say that all weapons should automatically expire after ten years, and that the City Council should decide whether an ordinance is reapproved or not. I believe that governments number one duty should always be protecting our constitutional rights, rather than ingesting in our daily lives or micromanaging how our businesses operate. Less government and less regulation is good for our businesses and for Lowell.
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