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Malden Ward 6 Councillor Stephen Winslow announces he will seek re-election

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Ward 6 Councillor Steve Winslow has provided the following announcement that he will be seeking reelection in November.

  I have been honored to serve as the City Councillor for Ward 6 this term and I am running for re-election to build on the accomplishments and work that I have been collaborating on with Ward 6 residents, my fellow Councillors and Mayor Christenson.

  I am seeking re-election to continue working with residents to create and implement a community vision for Maplewood Square to ensure it remains the vital heart of our neighborhood as it has for the past 130 years. I created and chair the Future of Maplewood Square Committee, developed a community survey and have secured resources from the Boston University MetroBridge Program that has allowed that Committee to host a series of community visioning forums. The Community Vision will generate an action plan to attract more residents to Maplewood Square through events such as the Mayplewoodfest (scheduled for May 20th this year), beautification projects like the addition of banners, trees, green space and benches and other efforts to make the Square more attractive and to support local businesses.

  I am pleased to report that the Trafton Park Phase II project is on track to begin after the Ward 6 July 4th celebration and seek a 2nd term to ensure that project realizes the community goals to improve the Trafton Dog Park by adding new surfacing, water, trees and benches, to revamp the court area by including space for basketball and events as well as tennis and to revitalize the ball field with a new backstop and new grass kept up with a new irrigation system.

  I have worked with our City Engineer and Traffic Safety Officer to dedicate funds for speed warning signs in Maplewood Highlands, the first set ever installed in Ward 6. I have also successfully advocated for an additional crossing guard and safety improvements at Broadway and Salem Street and along Maplewood Street to improve safety for students walking to the Linden and Salemwood Schools. I will continue to champion safety improvements so that all Maldonians can move safely and efficiently through Maplewood and beyond whether by car, bus, on-foot or bike. In that vein, I have and will continue to advocate funds be spent in Ward 6 for traffic signal improvements and safer streets including Lebanon Street, Broadway and Eastern Avenue.

  Ever since the Constance Street neighborhood in Ward 6 flooded in the summer of 2021, I have focused on ensuring the City cleans and repairs storm water drains like the Linden Brook Culvert to ensure neither the Constance Street neighbors nor other homeowners in Malden have to go through that experience. Mayor Christenson tapped me to lead the City’s Team overseeing one-time Federal ARPA funds that can be spent on water and sewer improvements and I have been working diligently with City staff, consultants and our Conservation Commission Chair to ensure that needed assessment, cleaning and repairs happen. I am pleased to report that the 2nd phase of the citywide storm drain assessment and cleaning project began this week. Once complete the City’s engineering team will develop plans to repair sections of storm drains that are in the worst state of repair. The same ARPA team has developed an award winning approach to focus on removal of lead lines on streets where the most children live and I will continue to work to expedite removal of lead pipes throughout the City.

  I look forward to working with fellow Councillors and residents on Climate Action planning and Energy Aggregation. As always I will be a champion of improvements along the Northern Strand Trail which has received funding to construct a bridge leading into Boston and a bikeway to connect through Lynn to the Lynn and Nahant Reservation.

  Please feel free to reach out to my campaign at WinslowforMalden.com or to winslowformalden@gmail.com.

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