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Election Connection

October 30, 2013

Vogel seeks to 'help my community again'

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

Today’s reporting focuses on Bruce L. Vogel, 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.

BRUCE L. VOGEL

Age: 61

Address: 28 Myrtle Ave.

Family: Widowed, two grown children

Occupation: Owns and operates Plum Island Coffee Roasters on the riverfront

Education: B.A., San Francisco State University

Reason for running: Vogel served as a city councilor from Ward 5 from 2004 to 2007. In addition to his experience on the council, he has been a member and chairman of the Youth Commission. He said he is passionate about the city, and wants to work with others to get things done. As a former labor negotiator when serving with one of the nation’s largest airlines, he indicated one of this strengths is working with others and finding consensus on key issues.

As a city councilor, Vogel said he was “instrumental in saving the 100-plus acreage on Hale Street known as the Common Pasture, which will now be open space forever.”

“I was an original member of the Youth Commission, influential in getting the skate park built and in forming Newburyport’s Youth Services department,” he added. “I’m ready to help my community again and to continue to take on the challenge of James Freeman Clarke, American theologian and author, who said, ‘A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.’”

Position on the central waterfront: Vogel favors an open waterfront, stressing an expanded park. He is against residential condominium units or any large commercial structures. He said, “While the waterfront continues to be front and center in the world of political discourse, it is vital to recognize that there are other issues that need our attention.

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