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Questions for the candidates: City Council at-large, Nathan Fennessy

Published: 10/24/2019 4:04:31 PM

2 seats, 3 candidates

Nathan Fennessy

How long have you lived in Concord? 7 years

Profession: Attorney at Preti Flaherty PLLP

Other experience: Concord Board of Education (2015-2018), Concord Little League coach, served on multiple committees of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Leadership New Hampshire, Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program interviewer.

What two issues are most important to you, and what would you do to address them? I am running for City Council because I want to ensure that Concord continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family. In order to keep Concord on the right track, we need to work together on the following:

First, we need to ensure that the Interstate 93 expansion complements the tremendous improvements made to downtown, enhances the city’s connections to the Merrimack River, and facilitates the future development of Storrs and Commercial streets. The I-93 expansion will have a tremendous impact on the geography of our city for the next 50 to 100 years. It is incumbent upon our leaders to make sure that the community can provide input to the state regarding the design of this project. We should be encouraging the state to hold community listening and vision sessions as well as town halls to provide information regarding the proposed design, construction schedule, and impact on the community.

Second, we need to continue looking for opportunities to expand the property tax base with commercial development. This includes encouraging development at Exit 17, expanding downtown development to Storrs and Commercial streets, and considering new opportunities to redevelop the mall area. In fostering future development, the city should encourage mixed-use developments that increase the commercial footprint, but also increase the supply of safe and affordable housing in the city so that people of all ages and income levels can continue to live healthy and happy lives in our community.

What voice/skills would you add to city government? As a litigation attorney, I have the willingness and ability to work with others – even those with whom I may disagree – to develop creative solutions to problems.

As a former school board member, I will bring a unique perspective to the Council regarding the challenges facing our children and how the city and the school districts can better work together to address those challenges. My time on the board also provided me with experience regarding the budget process, labor negotiations, capital projects and financial oversight responsibilities that will assist me as a councilor.

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