A small business owner and Worcester State University adjunct professor in urban studies, Ed Moynihan, 52, currently chairs the Community Development Advisory Committee. He’s seeking public office for the first time, and said he feels his experience with and knowledge of city planning would translate to a strong, studious presence on City Council. He’s well-read, listing when asked 19 sources of national news, from the Washington Examiner to Mother Jones. Ralph Ellison and Jane Jacobs are favorite authors of his, and said his work under Connecticut State Senator Marie Herbst inspired a dedication to the political process and a loathing of corruption.
As a leader, Moynihan sees himself as a collaborator. Citing experience on many volunteer and nonprofit boards of directors, he said his objective is to find a common goal and set to the work of it. He wants to serve out of a love for the city and a desire to see it better off, he said. In particular, he wants to focus on city culture.
“I really want Worcester to be a place where you can have multiple generations of people living in the same area that offers people so many more
things. A great place to live, safe streets, clean streets, great neighborhoods, good school systems, access to all the cultural amenities,” he said.
The city’s restaurant scene is booming, but the city could use more venues for the arts. “We’re starting to see these things kind of germinate and start to grow. I want to be part of a council that midwifes that.”
On the policy level, he doesn’t see much from the outside that needs changing.
“I think what we have right now is working,” he said, but offered that the city council needs to develop a thicker skin and work past personal rifts.
On the subject of city services, Moynihan hones in on trash and recycling. The city absolutely needs a better system for recycling pickup as the open bin system needlessly adds to litter on city streets, he said.
“We need to enclose our recycling,” he said.
He suggested looking at a bag system similar to trash, the large blue closed bins used elsewhere or a combination of the two.
In general, he feels the city has been trending in the right direction under City Manager Ed Augustus, Jr., especially downtown. He has criticisms, but nothing that would elevate to a yearning to see Augustus gone.