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TOGETHER FOR LOWELL

My name is Paul-Ratha Yem and I am running for the Lowell City Council because I love the City. My family and I have lived in the Acre for over 30 years, my children were born and raised in Lowell, I own my real estate office in the Highlands for almost 20 years, and because I was brought up in the family that believes in giving back to the community, and in serving others who are in needs.”



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Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council  & United Teachers of Lowell


Paul Ratha Yem to run for Council

By Chris Lisinski, clisinski@lowellsun.com
UPDATED:   06/17/2017 08:00:55 AM EDT

LOWELL -- Real-estate broker Paul Ratha Yem has once again joined the race for the City Council.

Ratha Yem, 64, told The Sun Friday that he has lived in Lowell for more than 30 years and wants to "take the city to the next level."

"We grew up in a family where we believe in giving back to this community and helping others who are in need," Ratha Yem said. "It's time for us to give back."

Ratha Yem unsuccessfully ran for the City Council in 2015. He also made a bid for state representative in 2014 and part of the 2016 race before dropping out to support Rep. Rady Mom.

Discussing his latest campaign, Ratha Yem said he plans to focus most on economic development, education and developing Lowell into a "smart city" that uses modern technology to better serve its residents.

"We need to look into a way to attract more businesses downtown and other neighborhoods," he said. "Businesses can attract other tax revenue so we don't have to go to homeowners to pitch in for expenses with the new high school."

Although a crucial City Council vote to determine the future location of Lowell High School will take place before the next election -- a vote Ratha Yem said would be "difficult" -- the candidate said he supports the Cawley site rather than one of the options that keeps the school downtown.

"The concern I have for the downtown high school is simply that if we renovate a 1920s building or an 1800s building, that's going to be a lot of expenses you're not going to know until we open up the wall," he said.

Roughly half a dozen candidates have already declared candidacy for the City Council race, several of whom are of Southeast Asian descent. Ratha Yem, a member of the Southeast Asian Task Force, said he thinks it is important for the Council to reflect the diverse demographics of the city.

"It's critical that we have different visions and ideas from the various people who make up Lowell," he said. "Lowell is a multicultural city, a city of immigrants, so we need to reflect that at City Hall."

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisLisinski.



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ESTABLISH THE FIRST LOWELL YOUTH COMMISSION

Official Campaign Press Release

LOWELL, MA: After meeting with young people in the city over the weekend, Paul Ratha Yem, Candidate for Lowell City Council heard an overwhelming majority of young people attending the meeting asking to form the city first youth commission. Teens look for way to address issues relating to the opiate/drug addiction, gang violence, teen pregnancy, employment, higher education, community service and the recent racial issue seen in high school.

The goal of the commission would be to give youth their own voice in city politics. A voice that without the presence of the Youth Commission is all too often dismissed or ignored.

The Youth Commission would serve as an advisory body to the City Council representing the current needs and issues of the city’s youth. A Youth Commission would formally meet to discuss current news, upcoming programs, existing policies and other pertinent subject matters. The goal of the Youth Commission is to be the voice of the Lowell teen community.

What would Youth Commissioners do?

Encourage teen leadership and responsibility through involvement. Create opportunities for public discussion of teen issues through meetings, workshops and conferences. Explore and identify issues and concerns of special importance to teens and communicate those issues to the City Council and other departments. Look for ways to promote mutual understanding, respect and communication amongst teen groups of all cultures and backgrounds

Currently, the city has 27 boards and commissions, but not the youth commission, while other cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth and the country has one. Yem feels that the addition of this commission would add great value and a level of understanding between various age groups in the city.

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Paid for by: the Committee to Elect Paul Ratha Yem
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