Political newcomers vie for Lowell 2nd Ward Town Council seat

2014-05-01T00:00:00Z Political newcomers vie for Lowell 2nd Ward Town Council seatMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 01, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LOWELL | Two political newcomers are seeking their party's nomination in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Ward Town Council seat.

Jennifer Roberts, 36, a Highland Middle School teacher, and 71-year-old Sue Bachman, semi-retired, want the seat now occupied by Councilman Robert Philpot, R-2, who is not seeking re-election.

Roberts said she wants to bring a new, younger perspective to the council she said does not sufficiently represent younger generations and families.

"I have a young, fresh attitude. I have no biases on anything. I'm not in this to please anyone. I want what is best for Lowell," said Roberts, a 1996 Lowell High School graduate with a master's degree in educational administration.

"I grew up a block off the downtown. It makes me sad to see some of the buildings now," Roberts said.

Revitalizing the historic downtown district is a key issue for her. She said she would work to entice businesses to the district and to community events.

"I'm concerned about how overextended our emergency services are," Roberts said. She would team with the council to research additional funding sources to boost fire and ambulance personnel, she said.

Roberts said she knows the Lowell Police Department has been functioning as an understaffed department for some time. She pledged to work with the Lowell Police Commission to bring the department's personnel numbers up in keeping with the community's growth.

The potential at Freedom Park should be realized, Roberts said. She hopes to help spur continued development there including the addition of a splash pad as well as more sports fields and playground equipment, she said.

Bachman, who works for an accounting firm during tax time, said she'll use her management experience to promote cooperation and efficiency on the council.

Like Roberts, Bachman is interested in revisiting the revitalization of the downtown district.

Bachman said she'll support growth by supplying funds needed for town departments, including police and fire as well as sewer, water, streets and parks.

If elected, Bachman said she would look for ways to entice light industry and small business as well as address traffic congestion.

Bachman, a former Lowell Chamber of Commerce president and a resident since 1960, said, "With my experience in the banking and commerce industries, I believe I have the qualifications to properly represent the interests of Lowell and its citizens."

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