Incumbent Harvard Mayor Jay Nolan is being challenged by lifelong resident William Parker in the April 9 Consolidated Municipal election.
Nolan, who is seeking his third term as mayor, previously served on the City Council and as chairman of the Harvard Economic Development Corp.
Nolan has led the village during tough economic times. He and the City Council made tough but appropriate budget cuts during the Great Recession to maintain a balanced budget each year. The city also was able to renovate Main Street and attract new businesses to town.
If re-elected, Nolan said among his top priorities would be to continue to balance the city’s budget and to work to attract more new businesses to the community.
A political newcomer, Parker would like to expand the number of activities and other opportunities in Harvard for children. He opposed the village’s decision to raise taxes and municipal water and sewage rates as many of its residents suffered during the recession.
Although we support Parker’s position on taxes, we endorse Nolan.