NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

April 5, 2013

Earls announces run for mayor

'Open waterfront' among his platforms

NEWBURYPORT — Gregory D. Earls, who is serving his fifth term as city councilor from Ward 2, has announced that he is running for mayor.

The entry of Earls makes him the third candidate to announce this spring, following declarations of City Councilor Dick Sullivan Jr. and maverick aspirant Keith Kennedy.

Mayor Donna Holaday, who is finishing her second two-year term, has not formally announced but has stated on numerous occasions she plans to run again.

Because the city will be following the guidelines of its new city charter, the mayor’s position in 2014 will be a four-year term paying $98,000 per year, the highest ever. The mayor’s term is currently two years, with a remuneration of $86,000 per year.

Earls, 54, resides at 25 Milk St.. He is a teacher with YouthBuild, a non-profit organization in Lawrence that offers construction courses to at-risk students.

Earls has a lengthy background in the building trades, having been a builder and owner of a contacting firm, Milk Street Builders.

He said he is running on a platform of “community, affordability and stability.”

“One of the biggest issues in the city is the waterfront,” said Earls. “When it comes to the central waterfront, open means open.”

Earls did not elaborate but indicated he opposes a plan to develop two commercial structures on the riverfront that the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority is considering.

Regarding affordability, he said, “We need to keep the city affordable for seniors to live in, and for young families to move to.”

He noted that the city has plans to fund two major school-building projects, and a senior recreation center.

“My background in building will help control costs,” he said. “We need to watch every expenditure very closely.”

On the subject of stability, the councilor said that long-term plans for infrastructure must be created and followed.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
Special Features