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October 26, 2013

Active volunteer hopes to bring experience to Council

As part of the coverage of the upcoming Nov. 5 election, The Daily News will provide profiles of residents running for City Council.

Today’s coverage focuses on Meghan Kinsey, who is running for an at-large position. Nine candidates are running for five at-large seats in the Nov. 5 election.

Residents will also elect councilors to represent each of the city’s six wards.

Megan Kinsey

Age: 42

Address: One Griffin Court

Spouse: Brent, children, Christian, Gabriel and Asher

Occupation: Community Engagement Director, Greater Newburyport YWCA

Education: Bachelor of arts in communication, College of New Jersey and masters of arts in teaching, College of New Jersey

Reason for running: The candidate said, “I’ve been an active volunteer for a wide range of organizations and causes for as long as I’ve lived in Newburyport and I’ve seen firsthand how much of an impact citizens can have on improving our city by getting involved and sharing their time and talent. Serving as an At-large City Councilor will allow me to help out on a greater scale. After serving as chair for the Port Pride effort, as well as on the boards of the Newburyport Education Foundation, and the Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club, and on the recent Superintendent Search Committee, I will bring a breadth of experience and accomplishment to the City Council.

Position on the central waterfront: Kinsey said, “Development of the waterfront is a hot-button topic in Newburyport that has dominated the local political discourse although it is a topic that is not under the jurisdiction of the City Council. This leaves little chance for the kind of compromise that is essential for the city to break the current stalemate and move forward with this complex situation. In order for the city to bring this four-decade-old waterfront discussion to a satisfying end, we need a plan and we need to see that plan through. I am open to supporting a plan that gives us more of what we want, which from my conversations with people in the community is green space. The plan must also be self-funded and place no burden on the existing property owners. The plan must also complete the waterfront and hand it over to the city along with the funds to maintain it.”

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