Election 2009: Marden Running for 12th Council Term03:00PM / Wednesday, October 14, 2009
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eleven-term City Councilor Alan L. Marden formally announced his re-election campaign on Monday, suggesting his longtime slogan "Common Sense — UnCommon Experience" is particularly relevant in this year's campaign.
"The fiscal challenges facing municipal government alone suggest that experience in that arena merits strong consideration on election day. With the certainty that there will be two new councilors and the likelihood there will be more as there is a strong field of challengers, and the with the possibility of a new mayor, experience on the City Council is more important than ever," Marden said.
Marden has served 22 consecutive years as a city councilor; seven years, including the current, in which his peers elected him council president.He also has served on all council committees, several as chairman.
"I humbly suggest that I bring an unique background and record of accomplishment to the voters," he said.
Marden came to North Adams in 1967 as director of the Chamber of Commerce, and subsequently served as director of the North Adams Redevelopment Authority, Berkshire County Development Commission, Berkshire Hills Conference. He then spent 20 years in the private sector becoming president of Light & Power Productions, a small business producing corporate and special events and meetings. He worked for the Berkshire Regional Employment Board on special projects for two years, before joining the Alton & Westall real estate agency, developing its commercial real estate market seven years ago.
Additionally, he is a longtime member of the North Adams Contributory Retirement Board and is active in the Massachusetts Municipal Association and several local civic organizations.
"“North Adams has been very good to me and my family and I have been very fortunate that the voters have given me the opportunity to give something back. I hope that I might have that opportunity once again," Marden said. "On Nov. 3, I ask that you 'Give One Vote to Al.'"
He and his wife, the former Nancy Bianco, have two daughters, Darcy and Beth, and five grandchildren.
Submitted by Alan Marden