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Morganelli running for Ward 1 seat


The Westfield News is printing candidate profiles daily until Election Day, Nov. 5. All citizens are encouraged to vote. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you don’t know where to vote, visit cityofwestfield.org or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 413-572-6235.

Ward 1 Candidate

Name: Nicholas Morganelli J

Address:  34 Prospect St.

Occupation: Broadcaster, Consultant

What experience and qualifications do you have that would be an asset to the city?

This is my 6th year as an At-Large Councilor. I have served on the Public Health and Safety, Legislative and Ordinance, Zoning Planning and Development, and Natural Resources subcommittees among others. I have come to appreciate the greatness of Westfield as I, and our four children are involved in many activities.

I have a college science degree and can understand aspects of hydrology, air and water quality, and our natural resources. Having owned a home in the city for nearly 20 years here, I understand the tax burden of our residents due to the increasing spending each year.

Have you recently met with city department heads to discuss their needs/concerns/budgets and if so, which ones?

I have met with the Mayor, city advancement officer, technology director, superintendent,  DPW director, police chief, our city planner, the planning board members, city engineer, our legal team, and others. One cannot do an adequate job in the position of city councilor without having conversations with departments on a regular basis. Prior to budget deliberations, it’s important to attend finance meetings, but to also meet with department heads and discuss each budget to better understand what the needs of that department are and why they need certain funding.

What is your main concern for your ward? 

An easy question. 1. Water quality and safety. We must develop a second source of safe drinking water. 2. Traffic and road/sidewalk maintenance. This also goes without saying that truck traffic and truck terminals will continue to be an issue. 3. Good use of the industrial zone while preserving farmland/greenspace (like the Cabot rd. property)

Why should residents vote for you? 

I’ve been told it’s one word. Integrity. I am humbled that others see it is one of my greatest strengths. I listen to my constituents and work to resolve issues and solve problems. I am engaged in the community and understand that relationships with tax paying citizens and their families is a top priority. I always treat the elected position with the respect it deserves and I appreciate the people who blessed me with their votes that have given me the honor to serve them in city hall.

What prompted you to run for election?

As an At-Large councilor for three terms I believe I can better represent the wishes of the citizens of Ward 1 who want more than just filtration of the chemicals in our water supply. I stood up for Ward 1 and 6 residents and advocated on the local, state, and federal level for help with our water issue. I’ve drafted letters, travelled to Boston, and met with concerned citizens on numerous occasions. I believe more positive effects from the efforts of myself and others that share the same mindset will come. I authored the Clean Air Act of Westfield that keeps all our city owned parks smoke-free for our children. I presented to the MA DEP on the Russell Biomass project about 12 years ago speaking up for Westfield residents that would likely have breathed in airborne chemicals had the plant been built. I assisted a veteran family, I also believe representing residents with a vote for budget reductions is important. I am that ward 1 candidate. Lastly, I live in Ward 1 and I share in the same concerns as other Ward 1 residents. I want to make a positive difference for them in the next two years.


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