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    Kenneth Blow

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    Gholamreza Namin

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Keeping our townspeople safe while supporting our local businesses and to continue to keep a watchful eye on the Town budget so that families can continue to afford living in Town. Through all this we’ll also need to make some improvements to infrastructure such as the DEP required upgrades at the sewer treatment plant. I will continue to go down through each line-item in our budget and work with the department heads to prioritize and schedule those projects in a responsible fashion. We also need to bring in needed affordable housing for our aging population, such as the project of Portland Ave. that we are currently working on. As well as hiring a new Town Manager that will continue to lead OOB in a positive direction as we have had in the past 7 years.
This pandemic has changed life as we know it, and we need to make sure our community stays safe while we support our local businesses. While being a business man and a lifelong resident of OOB, I understand the needs of both businesses and residents, and I care very deeply for our Towns future. I've served on the planning board for 4 yrs and have been on the Town Council for over 7 yrs. I’ve worked professionally and successfully with neighboring municipalities on several boards as a municipal representative board member to BSOOB Transit (Shuttle Bus), Maine Water and the Libby Memorial Library. I am and have always been committed to OOB and love to give back to the community through memberships in charitable organizations such as of the Masons @ Orchard Lodge #215, Maine Shriners @ Kora Shrine, York Rite, Scottish Rite,Lions Club, and a founding member of the Widows Sons and Sunset Bay Rotary . I would be honored to be re-elected to continue to serve our community.
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1) Term Limits for Town Council - I would try to implement a rule that would limit Town Council members 2 consecutive terms then they would need to take 1 term off before being able to run again. 2) Improve our winter road and sidewalk maintenance. 3) Improve our infrastructure by improving roads, sewers, and the overall development approach to our town. 4) Find new sources of revenue based on our tourism industry that does not directly impact the residents of Old Orchard Beach. No new taxes for locals, hold the line on property taxes. 5) Work with local businesses to help weather the storm of Covid-19 and the economic impacts of the virus.
If elected, I will put the residents of Old Orchard Beach first. I will work to make this town one where people will want to raise their families. I've lived in Old Orchard Beach for 14 years. I've worked in town, and I've been unemployed here. I volunteer here, and I shop here. I've struggled here, and I understand how hard it can be to live in a small town that is focused on tourism first, and the residents second. I've been on the board of my condo association where I've been responsible for things such as overseeing capital projects, negotiating contracts, and groundskeeping. I would work to put the residents first, to create a long term vision for the town, and to find new sources of revenue to help grow the services the town can provide its residents. I'm the youngest of the candidates running for a seat on the OOB Town Council, and I will bring the experience of a new generation to the Town Council.
Campaign Phone (207) 210-8127
Twitter @DrNamin
a. Accountability. The Town Council must be accountable for policy decisions and actions impacting the tax payers. b. Transparency. The Waste Management Bond Issue was part of priority and the communication to taxpayers has failed to justify the bond for $32 million dollars at the time of budget hardship for all. This should have been addressed 10 years ago and communicated to taxpayers not the last minute PR campaign. OOB has a significant number of seniors with fixed income and wrong time and plan to address the revenue and liability issues. c. Integrity. This is at no way any suggestions of wrong doing as the members are good people who are working hard. However, the issue of Conflicts of Interest must be a priority. We cannot have the rich and powerful thinking that they own the town and the taxpayers’ future.
Serving as a member of the OOB Finance Committee for the past 10 years and serving three years as the Chair of the OOB Finance Committee. Over 15 years of leadership experience as Superintendent, CEO, and Chief Academic Officer. Managing over 32 million dollars budget, seven schools, 2500 students, and over 300 staff.

2019 Harvard University Fellow. Ph.D. in Math and Science Education with a focus on Curriculum and Technology; Certificate of Advanced Studies in 3D Geometric Modeling from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Leadership and Educational Administration, MEd and BS in Chemistry and Mathematics from Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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