In the race for Milton City Council, three candidates are unopposed: Susan F. Johnson, Tony Bennest and Robert “Bob” Whalen. Mary Tompkins and Jim Manley (incumbent) are both vying for the Position 6 seat. Look for interviews with the remaining candidates in the Oct. 30 edition of the Milton-Edgewood Signal.
What are some top issues for your city that you would like to address as a member of city council?
1. Milton has a new fire chief and I look forward to working with him to better use the Milton Fire department.
2. The City of Milton has a few intersections that already are congested at prime commute times. I expect that with the development in Edgewood and the new Federal Express location in Fife that we will need to address the Milton streets intersections to make them safer and allow traffic to flow a lot better.
3. Milton has made great strides with more sidewalks in town over the last four years, but there is much more to be done and I will push to see that it gets done.
How are you qualified to champion these issues?
I have been on city council the past four years and have been working on these issues for a while already. I have met with the fire chief when he was elected, and we have had a few conversations about the use of the station already. He was very new when we spoke and needed time to better assess the situation. I will continue to push toward better use of the station in the future.
On the problem intersections and sidewalks, I will work with council and staff to make Milton a safer place to live.
How do you see yourself working, or at odds, with the other members of the council?
I really like our council. I feel we can debate on issues very well without making it personal. I have found myself taking to opposing side of an issue just for the sake of bringing up the opposite opinion, and don’t feel that it creates any animosity.
What else should voters know about you?
I have always been involved in the community at many levels. I raised two children here and was very involved with everything they did. That means FME soccer, Fife High School dance team, and Jazz choir booster with my daughter. With my son, I started the Little League baseball with my neighbor. The first years of that were very challenging. As he got older I continued working with the Booster club at the high school to get donations and raise money for them. After they went to college I became a member of the Milton city planning commission. After my first year there I became the chairman of that organization. Now, I am seeking re-election to my second term on the Milton City Council and looking forward to the future of Milton.
Where can voters find out more about you?
They can read more about me in voter pamphlets or coming to meet me in person at a city council meeting. The best way is to get involved, is to come to council meeting and meet all of us. We always like to hear from the citizens of the city. I always like it when someone brings up an issue and makes me think about it in a different way.