|Below you will find candidate profiles, a short bio, & campaign contact info for each candidate for the 4 At-Large seats on the Lynn City Council.
To the right is an online poll LCTV created to gauge how popular candidates are with Lynn citizens, ahead of the elections. Feel free to vote!
The other races that LCTV is covering are…
The following is a list of candidate forums for the candidates for Councilor At-Large that we have been made aware of. If you are organizing or know of an upcoming forum please email David Riley Jr. by clicking here. We will make every attempt to film and air these forums. Any forums we have filmed have been embedded in a playlist below.
- Monday, October 16, 2017 from 7-9PM
- Sponsored by Lynn Community Television
- Broadcast LIVE on our Government Channel. Full details of LCTV forums can be found by clicking here.
Additionally, Create the Vote Lynn has come together to engage the candidates running for Mayor and Councilor At-Large on arts and cultural issues and the role they play in building vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. You can find their answers to this questionnaire by clicking here.
The New Lynn Coalition held a forum for Councilor At-Large candidates on October 17, 2017. LCTV was not informed of this and were unable to send a crew to cover it, however we were able to obtain the video below. Thank you to Seth Albaum of Lynnhappens.com for providing us with the video.
CANDIDATE PROFILE VIDEOS
Candidates were given a deadline of July 10 to schedule their Candidate Profile video, if there is no video that means that they either missed the deadline or declined to film.
The Profiles will also air on our Government Access TV Channel until Election Day. Please check our schedule by clicking here for an up-to-date schedule for our channels with air-times for these videos.
Below is a playlist of these videos from our YouTube channel, with candidates in alphabetical order.
2017 PRELIMINARY ELECTION RESULTS
Results come from the City of Lynn Elections Office. You can view the full official results from the Elections Office by clicking here.
Ward 2 was the only race where there were any eliminations from the Final Election, all candidates below have advanced to November.
By clicking on each candidate’s picture you will be taken to their Candidate Profile video on YouTube, if they filmed one.
All candidates we have listed below will advance from the Preliminary Election to the Final Election. In alphabetical order:
G. “BUZZY” BARTON
Buzzy Barton was born at the old Lynn Hospital and has lived in Lynn his entire life. Buzzy grew up on Fayette Street and moved to Chestnut Street when I was 11. He currently live on Brook Street. Buzzy went to Ingalls Elementary School, Eastern Junior High and Lynn English.
Buzzy Barton has held a variety of public service positions over the last 40 years, including 28 years as a Lynn firefighter. He is very grateful to the people of Lynn who have elected him to the City Council three times, and is anxious to continue working for you on the Council.
E-MAIL CAMPAIGN | 781-581-7174
Awaiting submission of bio from candidate
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE | 781-581-8891 |
Jaime Figueroa is a 14 year resident of Lynn. He is the Father of two sons, Jerenso and Jaime Figueroa Jr. Jaime Attended Classical High School and North Shore Community College, graduating Suffolk University in December 2017 with a Bachelors in Marketing and Real Estate.
Jaime is currently the Treasurer at Lynn Community Association, former Co-chair of the North Shore Young Democrats, & former Vice President of Student Government at North Shore Community College. Jaime has also served as a coach for youth sports teams in Lynn.
Rick J. Ford is a lifelong resident of Lynn, MA. He retired after 24 years with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in several roles including State Inspector, State Racing Judge and Licensing Coordinator. In addition, Rick and his wife, Tina, are small business owners for over 30 years running Little River Inn. Additionally, Rick served 18 years as Ward 7 Councilor and Vice President for the City of Lynn before retiring in 2016.
Rick’s goals were, and always will be to listen to his constituent’s concerns, provide them with assistance, and keep them informed on local topics. If elected, Rick will pick-up where he left off before retirement and work tirelessly to advocate for all Lynn residents, while helping to make Lynn a better place to work, live, and raise a family. For his entire life Rick has continually demonstrated his “City Wide Pride” and is honored to call Lynn his home.
E-MAIL CAMPAIGN | 781-581-9581 |
John Ladd was born, raised and is a home owner in Lynn. He attended Lynn Public schools and has built his career and business in the city. John has been in Real Estate, based out of Lynn for the past 15 years and is the President of Precision Property Brokers, Inc. John is running for Councilor at Large to put his business skills, real estate knowledge and budgeting knowledge to work for the city of Lynn.
Being a local business owner and home owner John feels he can relate to the concerns and needs for the residents and business owners of the city on a personal level, to be sure every voice is heard. His business background will offer a strong look at the hard decision that need to be made that we business owners face every day.
Brian LaPierre has been helping Lynn his whole life, teaching, working and being involved in the city he loves. Brian is getting the job done for everyone, he respectfully asks for one of your four votes for Councillor-At-Large on Tuesday September 12th and again on Tuesday November 7th.”
Brian is a tireless worker and advocate for our city. He brings a different approach to city government, he cares about people and their quality of life in Lynn, he wants to attract hard working families and new businesses to Lynn and make sure we have adequate public safety personnel and equipment in our DPW, Police and Fire Departments, while continuing to keep taxes affordable for the average homeowner.
Hong L. Net came to Lynn in 1998, and is living with his wife Thavra, children, Anna and William. He worked with a human rights organization through the United Nations. He counseled gang and drug involved teens and taught citizenship to new Americans. Hong works as a Child Support Enforcement Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
Hong has been serving as a City Councilor at Large for six years. He created the Lynn’s first Human Rights Commission in 2012. He brought all taxi companies in Lynn before the Council to work out a deal for everyone to have a fair share of taxi medallions. Hong worked with department heads to eliminate redundancies and improve efficiency within departments. He organized the city’s first business forum to discuss low interest loans to business owners.
Hong remains committed to putting his beliefs into action as a fair advocate for everyone. His beliefs fuel his passions for inclusivity, justice, and unity in the governance of the city.
Taso Nikolakopoulos is a lifelong Lynn resident and the owner of John’s Roast Beef on Western Ave. In addition to his duties as a small business owner, Taso stays busy helping his community through leadership positions at My Brother’s Table, the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, and the city’s Off-Street Parking Division.
As a Greek immigrant, Taso witnessed firsthand the challenges that newcomers face but also the opportunity that a city like Lynn can bring to communities ready to work. He hopes to use this experience and perspective to bring a much needed vision for Lynn’s future to the City Council.