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October 19, 2013

Amesbury District 5 candidates sound off


We need to focus on fiscal responsibility and economic development without negatively impacting our schools, public safety and community services. I have been involved in numerous non-profit and government organizations throughout the years. I will bring sound business and proven decision-making skills to deal with the issues facing Amesbury today.

I am running for city councilor to provide our schools with the support and resources they need to be successful, to ensure we live in a safe community and to bring a new era of inclusive leadership to City Hall. It’s time for a change and I believe I have the experience, fortitude and energy to help drive Amesbury to a healthier path. Other municipalities have found a way to balance reasonable tax rates, provide excellent education and promote business development. We can too. I ask for your support, and your vote, on Nov. 5.

Age: 43

Years in Amesbury: 10 1/2

Family: husband, Chris; daughters, Madison, 17, and Peyton, 10

Education: M.S., leadership, Northeastern University; B.S., economics, Northeastern University

Current employment: director of strategic planning and proposal development and quality management representative at Quantech Services, Inc. in Lexington. Additionally, I am a certified internal auditor. Since joining Quantech in 2002, I have held the positions of proposal manager, acting technical director, and business manager to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, the Department of Education and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Past employment: Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, senior consultant/associate; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House of Representatives, Committee on Ways & Means, budget analyst

Political/public service experience: I have been involved in government budgeting, financial management and cost estimating at both the state and federal level for the past 21 years. As a budget analyst for the Mass. House Ways & Means Committee, I was responsible for developing the House budget for several large agencies, including the Department of Mental Health, the State’s Soldiers’ Homes and the Group Insurance Commission, as well as researching the budgetary impacts of proposed legislation. In 1994, I became a consultant primarily supporting the federal government, working with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Missile Defense Agency, Department of Education, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Labor.

Top 3 priorities:

1. Fiscal responsibility. Stabilize our taxes and spend wisely.

2. Support our schools. Ensure our schools provide the best education possible to our children.

3. Strategic economic development. Increase our business base and encourage strategic economic development that benefits, not burdens, our residents.

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