Marlborough Candidate Statement – Mayor – Michael Baker

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Marlborough Candidate Statement – Mayor – Michael Baker
Michael Baker

Tell us about yourself

I am a lifelong resident of Marlborough. I grew up on Howland Street and now live on Gibbon Street a mere two blocks away. I lived growing up in Marlborough. I am a husband and father to two wonderful children. My daughter is currently in middle school and active in community sports. I am passionate about this city and where it is going in the future.

For the first time in 10 years, the city will have a new mayor. Should you be elected Mayor, what will be your first goals?

The first thing I would do is meet up with all the department heads, Councilors and City groups. Make sure I am up to date with all the current and upcoming projects they have. Listen to their views and concerns about where we are headed and together come up with a plan to get it done.

Currently, there are several vacancies on Main Street, in addition to the vacant lot next to Welly’s. As mayor, how would you support downtown revitalization?

We need to be open to bringing in modern businesses. Hudson Main Street has a microcreamery, a bagel shop and a tattoo parlor. These kind of businesses would bring the needed foot traffic to revitalize Main Street.

The city recently welcomed homeless families, with most of them housed at the Holiday Inn and Extended Stay. How should the city support these families moving forward? 

I am sympathetic to the plight of these people. The community has really stepped up to help. My worry is the impact this will have on the taxpayers of Marlborough. What is the plan from the state or federal government?

As Mayor, would you support the building of a West Side Fire Station?

I am in support of a West Side Fire Station and think it is vital for public safety. In 2022 the plan was put on hold. I would find out what exactly went wrong and work with the city council to get this project done.

As the Mayor is also chair of school committee, what are the biggest issues facing the school district? 

Overcrowding is one of the biggest issues. With all the growth it means more children. Do we have the space? Also perception is a big problem. With social media and society in general I think the negative points of view get more attention than the positive. We need to champion the many successes of our school and change the narrative.

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