Priorities

City Hall has not heard the concerns from our community members and neighborhoods. Jamie plans to change this by implementing a strategic open forum policy. Creating this structure will allow citizens direct open communication with public officials and in return receive faster response times, more responsive follow-ups and faster resolutions. He believes that in politics and in life, communication improves any situation.

Fiscal Responsibility

Our government has been operating with a seemingly unlimited budget for far too long, losing sight of its responsibility to the people it serves. Long-term financial planning and prudent management seem to be lacking, resulting in wasteful spending and a carefree attitude. It’s imperative that our government remembers its duty to act as responsibly as any business owner does when it comes to expenditures. A prime example of this fiscal mismanagement is the sale of city-owned properties at a fraction of their value, including the 54-acre Parker Brothers site, which was worth $9.145 million in December 2011 but was sold for only $2.3 million. Additionally, the sale of the 2.14-acre McKay School property for less than its assessed value and the disposal of the Briscoe Middle School building for a mere $600,000, despite its assessed value of over $5 million, further exemplify this pattern of poor resource management, budgeting, and long-term planning.

If elected, I pledge to put an end to these practices. My vision for fiscal responsibility includes cutting wasteful spending, ensuring city contracts are negotiated in-house to save taxpayer money, and demanding detailed contract specifications with quality standards, clear timelines, and accountability in favor of Beverly citizens. We will maximize our efforts in securing grants from local and federal sources and always evaluate plans, events, and projects based on their benefit to the people of Beverly.

Hall-Whitaker Bridge

The prolonged delay in completing the Hall-Whitaker Bridge project has left many Beverly citizens frustrated and wondering why. While projects like the Hoover Dam were completed within five years, our bridge’s design and necessary permits have languished. Despite the state’s knowledge of our aging local bridges for over two decades, our project is not considered a top priority. The current administration’s lack of planning and progress over the past ten years is unacceptable.

If elected, we will apply increased pressure and awareness to expedite this project. We’ll appoint a liaison to work closely with all involved parties and engage our state and federal representatives to hasten the project’s completion. We will collaborate with other communities facing similar bridge challenges, advocating for a faster permitting process and increased funding. Our goal is to accelerate the timeline for the permanent bridge, eliminating the need for a temporary one. We will also explore alternative bridge designs presented by qualified experts. Safety is paramount, and we’ll request funding for a 24-hour ambulance base until the bridge is completed to address the immediate safety concerns.

Roads and Sidewalks

The condition of Beverly’s roads and sidewalks is deplorable, with little progress made in recent years. Poorly selected locations, improper tree planting, and obstructive signage have made sidewalks unusable in some areas. Most of our roads require maintenance, repair, or complete repaving. Communication, information, and clear timelines are lacking, leaving citizens in the dark.

If elected, we will collaborate with city councilors to prioritize and address road and sidewalk projects, providing transparent information to citizens through various channels. We will optimize project scheduling to minimize disruptions and explore funding options, such as utilizing motor vehicle excise tax and increased grants. We’ll also work toward providing free downtown parking for Beverly residents, with their input and approval.

City Hall Openness Policy

One of the loudest concerns I have heard from the citizens of Beverly is they feel ignored by the current out of touch administration. There is a clear divide between the views of our great residents and our current leadership. We will enact a more approachable structured form of government as it should be. Each week the Mayor’s office will have posted days and times that constituents may walk in to meet and have their concerns listened to, prioritized, and addressed with timely follow-ups as needed. Beverly residents care about our great city, they know the issues Beverly faces, and what needs to be addressed. I will hear these concerns directly from the citizens of Beverly. Listening to the citizens and knowing they will finally be heard, I feel brings a connection to the people and is one of my strong suits. Listening, respecting and Personal communication is what brings a community together. Our open policy will also extend to all Beverly’s information. The public should have easy access to where their money is going as well as what’s being worked on. We will strive to be as crystal clear as possible as fast as we can. I have heard you Beverly and I am here for you.

From Beverly.

  • Born and raised in Beverly
  • Married 37 years to wife, Shelley
  • Father of 2 daughters, Melanie (33) Meaghan (30)
  • Graduated from Claude H Patten Vocational School (‘82)
  • Member, Beverly Elks Club, Beverly ICC
  • Business owner, Big Jim’s Auto Body (25+ years)
  • Founded & funded private community outreach program (25+ years)

For Beverly.

  • Roads & Sidewalks
  • Hall-Whitaker Bridge
  • City Hall Open Door Policy
  • Reduce Excessive City Spending

From Beverly. For Beverly