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Election Connection

October 29, 2013

Bezanson's priorities are transparency, education

AMESBURY — As part of The Daily News coverage of the upcoming city election, the newspaper is publishing profiles of candidates for office.

Today’s profile is Eric Bezanson, one of the five candidates running for three at-large seats on the City Council.

ERIC BEZANSON

Age: 37

Years in Amesbury: 25

Family: Amie Bezanson, 33, and Ella Bezanson 9, Ayva Bezanson, 7

Education: Graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in business management

Current employment: 14 years at Fidelity Investments, where I’m currently an account executive

Political/public service experience: I volunteered for 3 years on the Lakes and Waterways in Amesbury

Top 3 priorities:

1. I would like to ensure transparency and sustainability, for the long term is more closely considered from a finance perspective. Basically, I would not approve a proposed bill without asking detailed questions pertaining to why and how it would benefit Amesbury for the long run, including the true cost/impact to the taxpayers.

2. I strongly believe in education and would support smaller classroom sizes.

3. Currently the mayor does not have a line item in his budget for roads and sidewalks. I support funding of roads and sidewalks, which benefit the whole community.

Statement: I’m not running to represent one or two areas within the community. Instead, I want a better Amesbury. My wife and I grew up here and are graduates of the Amesbury school system. I was the first banking student within Amesbury High School.

My wife is a registered nurse and I’m an account executive, and we are good examples of the benefits of a good education. My goal is to ensure that within five or 10 years people would say Amesbury is a great bedroom community with a very good school system. I will know that I attained that goal when friends, relatives and others in surrounding towns can discuss the allure of Amesbury without adding “but the taxes are just too high.”

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