NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 25, 2013

Ferguson aims to help bring city projects to a finish

By Mac Cerullo
Staff Writer

---- — As part of The Daily News’ coverage of the upcoming election in Amesbury, we asked the candidates for City Council to fill out questionnaires and provide a synopsis of their platform and reason for running.

Today, we share the responses of incumbent Anne Ferguson, who is seeking re-election to her at-large seat.

ANNE FERGUSON

Candidate’s statement

Amesbury is my home and I plan to stay here. Being a city councilor is demanding work at times and I felt that maybe the time was right for me to retire at the end of this term. What made me run again were all the people who spoke to me about staying on. These constituents feared that the ongoing projects that the mayor and council have been working on might disappear under different leadership.

The split tax rate is not the way to lower taxes for residents and I will never vote to reinstitute it. My belief that Amesbury is moving in the right direction remains strong. It is important for us to find solutions to the tax rate by making our schools the best that they can be and by finding creative ways to bring commercial and industrial development to Amesbury. We live here because it is a great community to live and raise our children. I hope to continue to be able to work toward that vision and be able to continue to enjoy everything that Amesbury has to offer with my children and grandchildren.

Age: 57

Years in Amesbury: 29

Family: divorced; four daughters: Katelyn, 31; Kelly, 30; Sarah, 27; Colleen, 24 — all AHS graduates.

Education: studied biology at University of Mary Washington; associate’s degree in nursing, Mass Bay Community College

Employment: Obstetrical/neonatal registered nurse at the Anna Jaques Hospital since 1984

Political/public service: District 6 Precinct representative, 1994-96; City Council, 2008 to present, president of City Council, 2012-2013; president of the Amesbury Improvement Association; commissioner on the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women 2010 to present; member of the Amesbury Treasures; member of the Lower Millyard Task Force; member of Amesbury Democratic Committee

Top three priorities:

1. Completing the revitalization of the Lower Millyard and building the Heritage Park will transform a non-compliant brownfield into a great park and area of commercial and industrial development that will bring in new-growth tax money to help reduce our taxes.

2. Supporting our schools by maintaining funding and working to improve programs and services for all our students.

3. Amesbury is a great place to live because of our parks, open space and natural resources. I would like to see a renovated skateboards park, connection of our rail trail to Salisbury and the use of solar power to decrease Amesbury’s use of fossil fuels. This will help keep Amesbury green and beautiful.