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October 29, 2013

Mullins advocates for open waterfront and plans to fund it

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

Today’s reporting focuses on Sheila A. Mullins, who is seeking an at-large position. Nine are running for five at-large seats. Voters will also elect councilors to represent each of the city’s six wards.

SHEILA A. MULLINS

Age: 48

Address: 7 Parsons St.

Family: Husband, Jerry, and our cat, Thalia

Occupation: Interior designer, personal cook and office manager

Education: Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers (New York), associate degree in occupational studies

Reason for running: Mullins said, “One reason is that change is going to occur, and how we manage that change will affect whether the effect that change brings is positive or negative for Newburyport. We must be able and ready to manage those changes for our benefit.”

Mullins said that her experience in municipal committees has helped prepare her for the post.

“I want to be the citizens’ representative to manage change,” she said. “I have been involved in many areas of the community: I was clerk of the Charter Commission, collaborated with Charter Yes! to pass the charter, am a founder and former executive board member of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Socity, was co-chair of the Community Preservation Act here, am a Friend of the Council on Aging, a member of the Custom House, Parker River Clean Water Association, Citizens for Environmental Balance and the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

“I want to do what I can to preserve socio-economic diversity in our community because every citizen is a valuable part of our community,” she added. “Put simply, I want to be able to do more to help our community.”

Position on the central waterfront? “I am your candidate for an open, non-privatized waterfront who has a vision and a real plan to pay for and maintain it. With 30 percent of the current parking revenues, we can take out a revenue bond to begin construction of our park. It would take about six years to pay off the bond.

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