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October 18, 2013

Giunta, Reardon vie for Ward 5 council seat

NEWBURYPORT — As part of its coverage of the Nov. 5 election, The Daily News will provide profiles of residents running for City Council.

Today’s coverage focuses on two candidates for the seat representing Ward 5. This ward runs from High Street to the Turkey Hill Road area and from Hale Street to Storey Avenue. This description is approximate, because the ward map is characterized by irregularities.

LARRY G. GIUNTA JR.

Age: 44

Family: wife Theresa, three children

Occupation: Territory manager within the heating-ventilation-air conditioning wholesale business

Education: graduate of Salem State College and Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology

Reason for running: Giunta said Newburyport has been a wonderful city to bring up a family.

“I hope to help my neighbors by representing them at City Hall,” Giunta said. “I offer the people of Ward 5 someone that is responsive to their needs and concerns, promotes open government and votes in the best interest of Ward 5.

“My experience serving on the school building committee has been a positive one and I would like to become more involved with the city,” he added.

Position on the central waterfront: “I support an open waterfront,” he said. “Our waterfront is the heart of Newburyport. This land belongs to the residents of Newburyport and should not be sold off or leased to developers so they can make a buck.

“It should be preserved as open space,” he added. “I would love to see the size of the park increased as additional parking can be developed within the city. Over time the privately owned land on the waterfront will be developed and when this happens, the open areas will disappear but the citizens of Newburyport would have reserved a place where all can freely enjoy.”

What can be done to improve the schools?: “The opening of the new Bresnahan Elementary School and the newly renovated Nock and Molin schools next fall will be the largest impact on improving our school system,” said Giunta, who enjoys coaching lacrosse. “As a member of the school building committee, I am proud to be a part of the development of these projects. I look forward to sharing the results of our two years of work with the community.

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