I ask for your vote on Sept. 17 and Nov. 5.
Years in Newburyport: 16
Family: Married to Nancy Edman Earls, 27 years; 2 sons, Luke Earls, 24, Elias Earls. 22.
Education: bachelor’s degree in marketing, University of Connecticut; Urban Planning Certificate Program, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies; Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Current employment: Director of Construction and Carpentry Instructor, Lawrence Family Development Charter School YouthBuild Program, Lawrence; Principal, Milk Street Builders, Newburyport; beekeeper
Past employment: Director of Construction, Community Teamwork, Inc.’s YouthBuild, Lowell
Political/public service experience: Serving 12 years on City Council, chair of License and Permit Committee, member and past chair of Joint Education Committee, member of Cable Advisory Committee. Served on the Skateboard Park Siting Committee, Downtown Parking Committee, Established South End Neighborhood Watch
Top 3 priorities:
1 — Non-privatized waterfront: We now have a solid financial revenue stream from paid parking with which to keep the Waterfront Park non-privatized. This is what the majority of residents desire demonstrated by the three city-wide surveys.
2 — Economic development: We must focus on the Route 1 traffic circle, the gateway to our city, for new mixed-use development. Also, we must work proactively to attract businesses to the industrial park. Technology and light manufacturing need to be encouraged.
3 — Inclusive and open government: As mayor, I will keep the residents and other stakeholders informed of updates, plans and issues that affect them. No longer will information regarding downtown development, the landfill and a host of other important challenges we face be withheld from the public.