Q&A: City Council candidate Marianne Bullock

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Published: 10/25/2021 3:26:39 PM

Editor’s note: This questionnaire was completed by Marianne Bullock, one of five candidates on the ballot for Greenfield City Council in the Nov. 2 election. Bullock is running unopposed to represent Precinct 5. Look for more questionnaires from City Council and School Committee candidates throughout the week.

Occupation (past/present): Partnerships Manager, UpTogether.org.

Political experience: I have worked in direct service and policy for the past 15 years, working on paid sick leave, paycheck fairness, anti-shackling and many other policies. But my most important political experience comes from motherhood. I became a mother at 21 and quickly realized how political an occupation it is.

How long have you lived in Greenfield?: I have lived in Greenfield for about 13 years.

What qualities would you bring to the City Council? I care about Greenfield; I care about my community and where I live. I work well under pressure and believe that partnerships and collaboration are the key to solving problems.

Are you up-to-date on property taxes? Have you ever been delinquent on your taxes? Yes. No.

Which subcommittees would you be interested in serving on and why? I think each committee is doing important work, but am especially interested in the Economic Development Committee.

What should the city’s priorities be in terms of the revitalization of downtown? I think that on the top of the city’s priorities should be affordable housing, whether downtown, or walkable to the center of town. I think a priority for the city is to see storefronts and buildings that are currently vacant as assets to our city and market them as such. Businesses need incentives to be here, and we need longevity so that they stay and pay back the incentives. Any priority we can give to small businesses who need our support should come first. We must streamline the permit process and make it easier for small enterprise and family businesses to start up and thrive.

What is your stance on ballot Question 1, regarding the proposed change to the city charter? My stance is that I am upset our town is so divided on such a small number. As someone who just collected signatures for my candidacy in about two hours, I have a hard time understanding how talking to more registered voters to bring something to referendum would be a hindrance. If there is public support behind it, collecting 7% versus 5% should not be difficult and shows there is community support behind it. I am a Yes on 1, because I have concerns that a small group of people can control the forward momentum of what the majority want and cost the city more money and time.




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