, Newburyport, MA

October 1, 2013

News, Chamber to sponsor election debates

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The Daily News and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring debates for the candidates for mayor and City Council at-large.

The mayoral debate is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Newburyport High School auditorium. Both candidates — incumbent Mayor Donna Holaday and challenger Richard Sullivan Jr. — have agreed to take part.

A debate will also be held for the nine candidates for councilor at-large. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newburyport High School auditorium.

The Daily News is asking readers to submit questions that they would like to have the candidates respond to. Questions should be on topics of general interest to the voters of Newburyport. Questions that apply to only one candidate will not be considered.

Questions can be sent via email to, or by U.S. Postal Service to Daily News of Newburyport, 23 Liberty St., Newburyport, 01913. They may also be dropped off in person at the News office at 23 Liberty St. during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents will go to the polls Nov. 5 to vote for candidates for mayor, City Council and School Committee.

For the first time in Newburyport’s history, the elected mayor will serve a four-year term (terms are currently two years). Holaday has served as the city’s mayor for the past four years; Sullivan has served on the School Committee and is currently a city councilor.

Voters will choose five of the nine at-large council candidates in the Nov. 5 election. The nine candidates are incumbents Barry Connell, Ed Cameron and Ari Herzog, and challengers Bruce Vogel, Bruce Menin, Meghan Kinsey, Laurel Allgrove, Sheila Mullins and Lyndi Lanphear.

Five of the six City Council wards also have contested races, as does the School Committee. The Daily News is not sponsoring debates in these races, but will publicize any public debates or forums that other organizations sponsor.

The Daily News is also working with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce to organize a mayoral debate for Amesbury mayoral candidates Thatcher Kezer and Ken Gray. Details will be announced later this week.