Tim Jordan speaks at Hunking School last month as part of a forum, “Reach Higher: A Haverhill Community Discussion on School Success.” (Photograph by Cindy Driver for WHAV News.)
Two more sitting city councilors and a potential newcomer recently took out nomination papers for Haverhill City Council. All eyes, however, appear to be on a newly declared candidate who has not yet formally sought nomination.
Tim Jordan, owner of Jordan Financial and Insurance Services, of Bradford, told WHAV Monday he plans to obtain nomination papers Tuesday. He said he has a number of priorities as a candidate.
“My main objectives are education—it has such a major impact on the way the city is viewed and the lives of the kids going into the system. When you look at the performance numbers overall, we’re not getting the job done in the city,” he said. And, he added, he wants more police officers on the street. “Chief (Alan R.) Denaro and his department, as a whole, have done a great job,” Jordan said, adding, “For a city of 35 square miles, though, there are not enough cops on the street.”
Jordan also cited economic development and spending transparency as campaign objectives. He explained luring more business to Haverhill also depends on having a well-educated workforce. As for transparency, he asked, “What are we spending our money on? Are we spending it wisely? Are we getting a good return on investment?”
Jordan is planning a campaign kickoff, Wednesday night, beginning at 5:30 at The Peddlers Daughter, 45 Wingate St.
Jordan, a founder of the Haverhill Education Coalition, last month served as master of ceremonies for “Reach Higher: A Haverhill Community Discussion on School Success.” He has also been active with Team Haverhill, Haverhill Rotary Club, Greater Haverhill Foundation, Sacred Hearts Parish Finance Council, Haverhill Travel Basketball and Creative Haverhill. He was presented with a Community Hero Award last fall by Emmaus during the organization’s 14th Annual Paving the Road Home breakfast.
Others who recently obtain nomination papers from the City Clerk’s office are incumbent councilors, Melinda E. Barrett, 12 Salem St., and Thomas J. Sullivan, 77 Longview St. Another new council entrant is Dave Maddaluno, 75 Old Groveland Road, Haverhill.
Previously declaring intentions to run for City Council were incumbents Colin F. LePage, Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien, Joseph J. Bevilacqua, William J. Macek and Michael S. McGonagle; former Councilor Kenneth E. Quimby Jr.; Adele F. Martino; Michael J. Katsulis; and Fred Simmons.
School Committee candidates thus far are Alicia Smolar and Katrina Hobbs Everett.