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October 23, 2013

Herzog favors open waterfront, improving transportation

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

Today’s coverage focuses on Ari Herzog, who is running for re-election as an at-large candidate. Nine are running for five at-large seats.

Residents will also elect councilors to represent each of the city’s six wards.

ARI B. HERZOG

Age: 38

Address: 15 Prospect St.

Family: single

Occupation: marketing manager of Uno Chicago Grill in Haverhill; online professor of digital marketing to MBA students at New England College. Herzog said he is networking for a full-time position in community relations.

Education: master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University; bachelor’s degree in sociology from Worcester State University

Reason for running: Herzog says he can answer that question in four words: “I love the job.”

Herzog, who is seeking his third term, added, “We’ve worked together to launch some innovative programs (such as off-leash dog areas) and reduce taxes (such as buying streetlights from National Grid to save about $75,000 a year). The hours are long, but I enjoy every second. I have a lot of ideas to innovate the city and I’d be humbled if the people would re-elect me.”

Herzog, who is known on the council for his skill and interest in new media, said, “Social media is my friend, and I use Facebook and Twitter along with a blog, email and the telephone to be nonstop accessible to residents. People routinely thank me for communicating my thoughts — and for my quick responses to their questions.”

What is your position on the central waterfront?

“We know that construction will occur in coming years on Waterside West (stretching from the Black Cow to the Route 1 bridge) and Waterside East (stretching from Oldies Marketplace to the Coast Guard Station), two areas underutilized today and both predominantly owned by New England Development,” Herzog said.

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