“Concord is a wonderful community with a lot to offer families and interested businesses. We need to continue to grow our local economy, invest in our neighborhoods and open spaces, and plan for the future. As a City Councilor, I will work to put residents first and keep our city strong, for this generation and the next.” — Zandra Rice Hawkins
Supporting the Local Economy and Expanding Our Revenue Base
As a young professional working in the heart of downtown for the last 12 years, I am pleased by developments in the city that I believe will entice more interest in Concord. The City Council plays a critical role in creating an environment that attracts and retains businesses that contribute to our local economy, provide jobs, and expand our revenue base.
Strong Support for Public Services and First Responders
Our city is only as strong as the public services that keep it running. Our families and small businesses deserve our best, including having enough first responders and equipment to keep our families and community safe. In particular, we need to ensure police and fire have the support they need to confront the opioid epidemic and other challenges that our first responders deal with on a daily basis.
Protect Concord Parks & Natural Open Spaces
Protecting our open spaces is important, especially in Ward 10 which is blessed with great community trails and the NH Forest Society’s Merrimack River Outdoor Education & Conservation Area (one of our favorite places in Concord). As a mother, I am eager to make sure our local parks and other area attractions stay updated and accessible to all. I support efforts to make our pools and play areas accessible friendly areas for children and families with disabilities, so that we can all enjoy what Concord has to offer.
Infrastructure & Quality of Life
We need to invest in infrastructure, improve our roads, and create opportunities for walkable / rideable neighborhoods. Our residents and small businesses need to be able to rely on sturdy roads to work and play, and we increase Concord’s appeal when we think forward about creating alternative ways to move around Concord for families and workers.