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January 1, 2014

In Amesbury, change is arriving

Lower Millyard work to begin this year; city will transition to new leadership


How this group works together, and with Gray, will be a major question on everybody’s mind going into the new legislative session, but based on their campaign promises, it’s fair to say there won’t be as many unanimous votes over the next two years as there have been in the recent past.

Sickorez, who is succeeding Bob Gilday as District 1 councilor, campaigned on a platform similar to Gray’s, promising to bring a more reasoned approach to spending with an emphasis on trying to bring down the tax rate.

Moavenzadeh is believed to also hold similar positions as Gray, Sickorez and McClure, but he was much less active on the campaign trail, given that he was running for District 3 councilor unopposed.

Sherwood, who succeeds Derek Kimball in District 6, is a strong supporter of Kezer and figures to be a part of the council that will carry his administration’s political philosophy into the future, along with Ferguson and Lavoie.

The other returning councilors, Kelcourse and McMilleon, are expected to be the more moderate voices on the council, though both have historically voted in concert with Ferguson and Lavoie on most issues.

As for the District 2 councilor, nobody is even sure who that’s going to be yet. Christian Scorzoni was re-elected in November, but given that his family recently moved to the other side of town, he is no longer eligible to retain his seat and will be forced to vacate it when the new council is seated.

Once the seat is vacant, the City Council will accept applications for the position from any eligible residents living in District 2, and councilors will appoint new member once a qualified candidate steps forward.

Regardless of who takes Scorzoni’s seat in District 2, the days of the City Council voting 9-0 or 8-1 on most issues are probably over. How the council votes on issues going forward will be something to keep an eye on in 2014.

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