NEW: Paul Franco Kicks Off Campaign for State Senate Tonight
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The event will begin at 7:00pm and run until 9:00pm at Val's Restaurant. Val's can be found at 75 Reservoir Street, Holden.
Franco is a graduate of Syracuse University and also holds a law degree from Western New England College. He served for thirty years in the United States military, including time served as a JAG officer. Franco has also served as chairman of the Worcester Republican Party and has previously run for State Representative, in 2010. Franco has lived and worked in Worcester for more than twenty-five years.
Related Slideshow: 9 Challenges Facing Worcester’s New City Manager
Now the Edward Augustus is serving as City Manager for Worcester, GoLocal reached out to the city's leaders to find out what they believe are the biggest challenges Augustus will face in his new role.
Roberta Schaefer, former president of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau:
Schaefer said continuing the sound financial management of former City Manager Michael O'Brien was the greatest task for Augustus. But in addition to financial questions, she called for Augustus to “follow the lead of Michael O'Brien, to make sure he represents all the interests of the city, as the CEO of the city.
Tim Murray, president and chief executive officer of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce:
In addition to budgeting and economic development, Murray pointed to fostering the business climate in the city. “Try to make Worcester as business-friendly a place as possible,” he said. Whether through permitting, customer service, or other incentive, “whatever we can do to make the city a supportive (place for business).”
Christopher Pinto, member of the Worcester Republican City Committee:
“Can he really do pension reform? Can he spare the taxpayers from more abusive taxes?” asked Pinto, who wonders what Augustus will do about the Responsible Employer Ordinance and how the new city manager will make appointments to boards and commissions.
Councilor Sarai Rivera:
Rivera points to economic development, neighborhood development, and continuing to support public safety and public service, as well as “working with private and labor to support the (Responsible Employer Ordinance) and look into an apprentice program.”
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