As a lifelong resident of Malden, Gary has dedicated himself to public service.
A former member of the Malden School Committee, Gary has a long record of achievements, including the development of a Ferryway School e-mail tree, chaired the Budget Subcommittee, co-chaired the Class Size Subcommittee, and helped negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for the teachers.
During his seven years on the City Council, Gary has worked hard to improve neighborhood communication and the quality of life in Ward 1. Gary incorporated more than 600 ward residents into a neighborhood e-mail tree. He helped guide the project at River's Edge, which when completed will include a 10-acre riverfront public park and also the renovation of Green Street Park, which is now being used more than ever. The World War II monument at Bell Rock Memorial Park was refurbished because of Gary's dedication and passion and the restorations were unveiled at the park’s 100th anniversary in 2010.
In 2006, Gary was elevated to Chairman of the Finance Committee and in 2008 he was voted unanimously by his peers as City Council President. A strong proponent of government transparency and public involvement, Councilor Christenson led the charge to have an annual public hearing on the budget before it is voted by the city council and that the budget be posted online for residents to review. He has helped professionalize the method by which the city council approves appointments to boards and commissions. In addition, he has been a staunch advocate for the Residential Tax Exemption program, which has reduced the property tax rate an average of 20 percent, on all owner-occupied properties. He also helped write a report highlighting ways the city can be more efficient during these tough fiscal times.
A graduate of Suffolk University's Masters Degree program in Public Administration and Suffolk University Law School, Gary is currently the Budget Director for the Middlesex Sheriff's Office where he successfully manages a $60 million budget. Gary's professional accomplishments are rivaled only by his commitment to community.
His most humble moment was when the Bread of Life, a volunteer organization serving the hungry, homeless, needy, and isolated, asked Gary to be their President. Gary has always thought of the Bread of Life and the multitude of similar community organizations around Malden, as the city's unsung heroes.
Gary Christenson will give Malden a Mayor that works in unison with the citizens to tackle the many challenges facing our city. Malden is a vibrant community, interwoven with diverse cultures and vibrant traditions. Gary believes that with improved communication and collective efforts, Malden’s citizens will realize a future of limitless opportunities.