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May 2, 2013

Newburyport mayor announces plan to run for third term

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday yesterday signed documents stating that she intends to run for her third term as mayor.

Three others have announced their interest in the position: City Councilors Greg Earls and Dick Sullivan Jr. and political newcomer Kevin Kennedy.

For the first time, the length of the term will be expanded to four years, and it would pay $98,000 per year. Voters agreed to double the mayor’s term in office when a new city charter was approved in 2011, and this year’s election is the first in which the longer term will take effect.

“I love this job, and I am proud of the work I have done here,” said Holaday yesterday.

She said that among her accomplishments has been creating a positive financial profile for the city.

Holaday noted that during her tenure, she and the City Council have been able to create “two new revenue streams” — paid parking and a meals tax.

About half of new revenues have gone to fix sidewalks and, as a result, more work in neighborhoods has been done than in most previous administrations, she said.

She said she had provided leadership on the creation of referendum questions that approved two school projects and a new senior recreation center.

Holaday said that among her priorities in a new term would be an effort to develop “blue-ribbon schools” here and the updating and enhancement of zoning regulations.

Regarding the central waterfront, she said that tentative visions of both the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority and the Committee for an Open Waterfront must be studied and vetted.

She said that she is hopeful that both sides can work together for some kind of compromise.

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