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November 1, 2012

Four hopefuls battle for open 1st District Senate seat

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Kelcourse pushed Amesbury to sell public property to reduce city debt and hold taxes down, sponsored a tax relief program for military veterans and worked to relocate the Public Works facility, which he said saved taxpayers $2.1 million.

O’Connor Ives, who owns an online retail business, said her top priority on the City Council has been public safety. She said she has a record of opposing fees and fines that discourage small business growth and “nickel and dime residents.” She said she opposed new restaurant fees for outdoor dining and fought to reduce or remove fees for owning dogs and yard sales. She said she also pushed to lower the cost of parking permits for residents and to make them free to senior citizens.

Toohey, who has consistently railed against large classroom sizes at school budget meetings, said his efforts in support of hiring of Haverhill’s school superintendent has stabilized the district. He also has worked to reduce sports fees, which has resulted in more student participation, he said.

Kelcourse, a lawyer, said he helped save Amesbury $2.1 million by relocating its public works facility to South Hunt Road. He said he helped save the town another $850,000 by pushing for higher health care co-payments and deductibles for city workers.

Magliocchetti, also a lawyer, said he exposed the inexperience and incompetence of the city’s former maintenance director, who he said did not have the licenses or certificates necessary for the job. This, Magliocchetti said, led to the person resigning and the department being reformed.

“All the school buildings had hundreds of open repair orders, some of which caused the facilities to look disgraceful,” Magliocchetti said. “The schools are now a source of pride to the community. The new maintenance department has improved the aesthetics of the whole city at no additional cost to taxpayers.”

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