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2015

Municipal
Candidates
Guide

2015 Municipal Candidates Guide


Preliminary Election: Tuesday, September 8th
Election Day is Tuesday November 3rd, 2015
Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm
The Ballot will include

City Council At-Large


City Wide. Voters can select up to 6 out of 12 candidates

Mayor
City Wide. Voters can select up to 1 candidate
**Note: The Mayor is a member of the City Council. You must vote for your desired
candidate on the ballot twice: once as Councilor-At Large, and once as Mayor

School Committee
City Wide. Voters can select up to 6 out of 10 candidates

District City Councilors


Voters select 1 of 2 Candidates in D1, D2 &D4.
There is only one candidate on the ballot in D3 &D5.
To find your district go to http://www.worcesterma.gov/e-services/where-do-i-vote

* Incumbent

CITY COUNCILOR AT-LARGE


CANDIDATES
W O R C E S T E R

2015

MORRIS A BERGMAN *
Website: http://bergman2015.com/aboutus.htm
Email: BergmanM@worcesterma.gov
Phone: (508) 981-5934
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/moebergmam.council

11 Kensington Heights
Worcester, MA 01602

Attorney in Private
Practice, Prosecutor
District Attorneys OfficeWorcester

Why are you running?


To help Worcester reach its potential as the
second largest City in New England in
providing economic opportunities and a
great quality of life to all its residents.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
Creating greater
opportunities for
homeownership for those
that have historically
been unable to;
Reducing "red tape" for new
business development and
developing a free mentor program
to assists for new business owners
Investing in our greenspace
by developing policies for
the replacement
of removed trees street
improvements.

WILLIAM S COLEMAN III


mayoral candidate

Phone 508-826-1307 (talk or text)


Email: billcoleman333@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/william.s.coleman3

Current: Substitute
Teacher, and Grant
Writer
Retired Nutrition
Educator University of
Mass, Amherst

36 Acushnet Ave.
Worcester 01606

Why are you running?

I am running to bring the government to


the people and to make our City Council
immediately responsive to the concerns of
our citizens. Also, to give the taxpayers and
business community of Worcester the
government they want and need.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
Economic development
projects that link our
neighborhoods and our
citizens with employment
opportunities and
neighborhood
enhancement projects.
The construction of new school
buildings to replace old
buildings that are not safe for our
children and teachers.
A friendly business working
environment with our
elected and appointed
government officials and the
agencies that streamline
permitting processes.

MICHAEL GAFFNEY *
mayoral candidate

Website http://www.michaelgaffneyworcestercitycouncil.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/MichaelGaffneyforMayor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mgaffneycc

1 Bancroft Tower Rd
Worcester, MA 01609

Self-employed
attorney in Worcester

Why are you running?

To bring decisive leadership to city council


so we can restore safety to our streets and
schools, practice responsible fiscal
management, and implement an effective
economic development strategy.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
I am advocating for the
safety of our teachers and
students by providing the
necessary resources and
proper administration in
your schools.
I am advocating for safety in our
streets by improving our ability to
fight crime.
I am advocating for
responsible fiscal
management and effective
economic development.

JUAN A . GOMEZ
Phone: 774-696-7123
Email: juan_a_gomez@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.gomezforworcester.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electjuanAgomez

16 Northridge Street
Worcester, MA 01603

Current: President &


CEO of CENTRO,
formerly known as
Centro Las Americas.

Why are you running?

I am running, because I have the


commitment to our community, 30 year
history of serving our country, state and
city, the track record of success as a leader
and executive, to help this city move
forward. I am also the only candidate in
this race with a clear and comprehensive
plan to bring jobs to our city.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
I Support a comprehensive
public safety strategy to
curb the current crime
wave.
I will make sure that our
government does not belong to
two or three political elites, but to
the interests, desires and priorities
of all of us.
Improve academic
outcomes for all students in
the Worcester public
schools through increasing
extra-curricular activities,
reducing the achievement
gap, and additional
supports.

KHRYSTIAN KING
Website: www.King4Worcester.org
Phone: 774-922-0368
Email: King4Worcester@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/King4StateRep

4 Autumn Street
Worcester, MA 01603

Current: Adolescent
Social Worker at the
Department of
Children and Families

Why are you running?


As a father, social worker and coach, I am
running for City Council At-Large to bring a
true community voice to the Council, a
voice that will use hands-on experience to
fight for safer streets, good jobs and great
public schools for every neighborhood,
every family, and every child in the city.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
A return to true community
policing that will build
relationships and trust in
every neighborhood will
lead to reduction in the
violence that has erupted in
the City.
Targeted tax breaks for
established businesses when they
expand and hire city residents,
and tax breaks for women and
minority owned new businesses.
Creating solid, well-paying
jobs will allow families to
not just survive, but thrive.

KONSTANTINA B .
LUKES *
Phone: (508) 799-1049, Room 206
Email: LukesK@worcesterma.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/konnie.lukes

24 Hadwen Road
Worcester, MA 01602

Current:
Attorney at law,
Previous: Mayor of
Worcester 2007-2010

Why are you running?


I am fighting for the future of Worcester,
because if gang violence, crime and drug
use continue to threaten business, residents
and public schools, then progress and our
quality of life will be under attack.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
Collaboration of all law
enforcement agencies,
starting with the State
Police. To maximize
resources
Safety audit of all municipal
buildings, including but not
limited to the review of the
effectiveness of installation of
panic buttons, sign-in sheets,
internal cameras
Merger of police and fire
departments with oversight
by a Public Safety
Commissioner

LINDA PARHAM

Website: www.lindaparham.com
email: electlindaparham@gmail.com
Phone: 774-232-1025
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-Parham-for-City-CouncilAt-Large-1623159817919037/timeline/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/votelindaparham

21 Salisbury Street, 202


Worcester, MA 01609

Community Organizer,
ordained Reverend,
Houses of Faith
Consultant.

Why are you running?


I want to be the City Council person that
will be the bridge from City Hall to the
community. I want to help people find
their voices again.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
In order to achieve safer
neighborhoods, we must
acknowledge and develop
an inclusive working
relationship for all.
Create a public transportation
with routes and times that fit
peoples needs-

Stable real estate taxes can


generate good economic
development which create
jobs and community
development.

JOSEPH M . PETTY *
mayoral candidate
Website: http://www.josephpetty.com/
Email: petty4mayor@gmail.com
Phone: 774-314-7586
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mayorpetty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MayorPetty

2 Grove Heights Drive


Worcester, MA 01605

Executive secretary,
employee retirement
system of the
Massachusetts housing
finance agency

Why are you running?


I am committed to making Worcester a
better place for all of our citizens and
Worcester is changing and we are facing
different challenges. I want to make the city
a better place because Worcester is my
touchstone not my stepping stone.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
Inclusiveness and openness
in government.

Economic development that


helps everyone in the city.

A safety city for the


residents of every
neighborhood.

ROBERT J . SARGENT
Website: www.robertjsargent.cpm
Email: rsargent1013@gmail.com,
Phone: 508-667-3898
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertsargentforcitycouncil

42 Indian Hill Rd
Worcester, MA 01606

Worcester Public
Schools Teacher

Why are you running?


I am running because I love Worcester and
want to make a difference in the lives of my
neighbors.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
I am advocating for more
public safety options for ALL
neighborhoods.

I am advocating for more public


safety options for ALL
neighborhoods.

A safety city for the


residents of every
neighborhood.

KATE TOOMEY *

Phone: 508-735-8058
Email: ToomeyforCouncil@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toomey-For-CityCouncil/150114008440264?sk=wall
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katetoomey
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katetoomey

50 Ideal Road
Worcester, MA 01604

Current:
Regional Outreach
Representative; VP,
Community and
External Affairs of
Spectrum Health
Systems

Why are you running?

I am running for reelection to continue the


work I have been doing for the past 10 years
on the City Council to support economic
development, public safety, quality public
schools and updated infrastructure.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :

Continued public safety


efforts that include
utilization of the
Community
Policing/Summer Impact
models; officers in schools;
upgrading technology;
citizen engagement and
continued support of grant
funding.
Improved educational system in
infrastructure environments that
are safe and conducive to
learning.
Economic development
initiatives to broaden our tax
base.

MATTHEW E . WALLY
Website: www.Wallyforworcester.com
Phone: 774-239-0041
Email: wallyforworcester@gmail.com
facebook.com: https://www.facebook.com/WallyForWorcester
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wally4worcester

61 Berwick Street
Worcester, MA 01602,

Current: TD Bank,
Community
Development Manager
for New England and
New York
Previous: Worcester
Community Housing
Resources, Inc.,
Executive Director

Why are you running?

I am running for an at-large seat on the


Worcester City Council because I believe
with the right vision and focus these
tremendous assets can be strategically
leveraged in order for Worcester to fulfill its
potential as a model of excellence for
midsized urban cities.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :

Public safety initiatives that


protect our neighborhoods.
Excellence in the Worcester Public
Schools.
An increase in the number
of owner occupied multifamily properties.

CHRISTINA ZLODY
Phone: 508-797-0815
Email:
tinazlody.worcester@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zlodyforworcester

3 Lansing Ave
Worcester, MA 01605

Program & Events


Coordinator for the
Visual & Performing
Arts Department at
Clark University

Why are you running?


Worcester's economy is resurging thanks to
a new generation of small entrepreneurial
and creative business owners. I want to be a
part of this movement to build a stronger
Worcester.

I AM ADVOCATING FOR :
We need to encourage and
support new small
businesses to open and
expand, thus growing job
numbers and our tax base.
Worcester should be the hub of
small, creative businesses in
Massachusetts.
As an employee of Clark
University I see our college
students taking the
investment we've made in
them, and leaving for other
cities. We need to offer them
opportunities to live, create,
and work in Worcester.