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April 8, 2014

'Pro Amesbury' looks to stay active in community, politics

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When Kezer eventually lost the election in a recount, I Am Pro Amesbury needed to figure out where they would go next.

“Our goal after the election was to take a step back,” Czar said. “The results didn’t particularly go our way, but the reason we came together was to highlight the great things Amesbury has to offer and to make it a better place since the beginning. We felt we worked so well together that we wanted to continue to work together to make Amesbury a better place, and the first goal was to change the way the conversation was happening.”

The group has continued to be active in Amesbury’s political scene — issuing a list of budget-related questions for the School Committee to address, getting involved in a recent student protest and hosting a site on the Internet to discuss Amesbury matters.

The I Am Pro Amesbury Facebook page was joined by “Amesbury Talks” on Jan. 2, which this week hit over 500 members of all different political persuasions both to discuss local issues and to mobilize when the opportunity strikes.

When 150 students marched to Market Square last week to protest proposed budget cuts, many were holding I Am Pro Amesbury signs.

“We had nothing to do with organization of (the march),” Czar said. “We reached out and were supportive of what the students were doing. We had the signs left over from the campaign. One of our I Am Pro Amesbury ideals was to invest in the schools. That is something that we are concerned about. That is something that we put out, that this is one of our ideas. After the campaign, they were sitting in a garage somewhere and when the kids decided to march, we had all these signs with our logo on it, but it didn’t have Pro Amesbury on it. These are kids who don’t have signs and we do.

“We really have a lot of people who are dedicated to seeing this town be really the best place that it can be,” Czar said. “We all love living here. We all love this city.”

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