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Election Connection

November 1, 2013

O'Brien pledges to continue to vote for residents' views

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

Today’s final profile is on Thomas F. O’Brien, who is running unopposed in Ward 6.

O’Brien, who is the president of the council, is the only ward councilor who is unopposed this year. In 2011, all six ward positions were uncontested.

THOMAS F. O’BRIEN

Age: 67

Address: 11 Moseley Ave.

Family: Wife, Linda; daughter, Katie; grandson, Tommy

Occupation: Retired from Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission after 38 years as a supervisor

Education: B.A. in history, UMass Amherst; M.Ed in rehabilitation counseling, Springfield College.

Reason for running: O’Brien noted that he has spent 16 years on the council, including eight years as the president. He has also served on the municipal Water Board and he has been a member of the Housing Authority since 1995. He is presently a volunteer at the Bresnahan School.

O’Brien said, “I am running for another term for the pleasure of serving the people of Ward 6 and to try to represent their views, whether it is on the waterfront, garage, parking, historic district or traffic. I feel that the people’s views in Ward 6 are sometimes different from people in other wards on certain issues, and I will continue to vote for their views.

“It has been a pleasure to help residents with tree issues, traffic signs, etc. I had advocated for years for the stop sign at Ferry Road and Spofford and this has worked well. The roundabout was another issue that I advocated for due to the speeding of cars coming over the bridge and on Merrimac Street. I did not agree with the cobblestones and they have been removed and the new design will make it easier for trucks to come through the roundabout. I think that the Department of Public Services has a rubber plow and this will make it easier for them in the snow in the winter months.”

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