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Biography / Councillor-at-Large - John T. Saunders
Councillor John T. SaundersCouncillor John T. Saunders was first elected to the New Bedford City Council in 1983. He served as President of the City Council in 1990, and he is now serving his 15th year as Councillor -at-Large.

John is a lifelong resident of New Bedford, born in 1961 to Paul F. Saunders and the late Anne Beedem Saunders. He has four brothers and five sisters. Councillor Saunders is married to Kristen Farnworth Saunders. They have been married for fifteen years, and they have three children, Courtney, Andrew and Liam Saunders.

Councillor Saunders was educated at schools in New Bedford and is a graduate of Bishop Stang High School. He has also attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Northeastern University. He worked as a commercial fisherman until his election to the City Council in 1983. In 1984, he began working for the Division of Marine Fisheries while also working as the Assistant to the Harbor Master of New Bedford. At that time, John established the Mariner's Assistance Program, which was run by Child and Family Services of New Bedford. As the program's manager and sole employee, Mr. Saunders provided fisherman and their families with counseling and referrals for drug and alcohol abuse, space for treatment programs, AIDS education, job placement and retraining, and financial assistance. Because of this work, John was chosen as one of twenty recipients for a $10,000 "Points of Light" Award for outstanding community service. He was presented with this award by President George Bush, in Washington, DC. John's work with the Mariner's's Assistance Program has left him with a passion for helping people. For the past eleven years, he has worked in the social service field. Councillor Saunders is active in the community, raising funds for various local non-profit agencies for which he feels a strong commitment to. John is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of New Bedford., as well as an active member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Access.

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS: Chairman of Shellfish and Fishing Industry; Vice-Chairman of Youth and Neighborhood Issues; and sits on the following committees: Appointments and Briefings, Finance, Internal Affairs, Ordinances, Public Safety, Special Committee on Sporting Activities and the Golf Course

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