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November 1, 2012

Four hopefuls battle for open 1st District Senate seat

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Magliocchetti said his proposal to expand full-day kindergarten resulted in Haverhill winning a state grant that reduced the cost of the program for parents from $4,500 to $2,000 a year.

Toohey, a self-employed mortgage banker, said he initially ran for local office to bring fiscal discipline to the School Committee. He said he is running for Senate for the same reason — to provide fiscal discipline and more transparency at the Statehouse. Magliocchetti said he ran for School Committee because the board had become “completely dysfunctional” prior to 2010.

O’Connor Ives said she ran for council to be an advocate for residents on policy matters. She said she prides herself on researching issues and meeting with other officials, residents and business owners before staking positions.

“In the Senate I’d work to take the partisanship out of state government like we’ve done in city government and be as accessible as I am as a city councilor,” O’Connor Ives said, noting she has the support of all her fellow Newburyport councilors and Baddour.

Kelcourse said he ran for council “based entirely on my desire to give back to a community that has given so much to me and my family in the form of excellent teachers, great coaches and a wonderful place to live and raise children.”

“My top priority as an at-large member of the City Council is meeting the demands of our growing community while keeping costs down,” Kelcourse said. “I will put my education and experience as a small business owner to work for the citizens of the district.’’

Combining jobs or working just in Senate?

As for the benefits of their service, Toohey and Magliocchetti said they each take health insurance for themselves and their families from the city. O’Connor Ives and Kelcourse said they do not take municipal health insurance as a benefit. Kelcourse said he gets his from his wife’s employer.

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