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April 8, 2014

Tisei meets with downtown merchants

Amesbury Town Notebook
Jim Sullivan

---- — After losing his bid for a congressional seat in Massachusetts’ 6th District by a mere 1 percent in 2012, Republican Richard Tisei was in town last week, gearing up for round two against incumbent John Tierney (D-Salem).

“A lot of candidates like to talk a lot, but at this point, it is important to listen,” Tisei said. “People are very frustrated with the way things are going in general and don’t have any confidence that anybody is listening to them anymore or that the government is doing the right things to help the average person or the average family.”

A real estate broker, Tisei often visits with fellow small business owners to get the lay of the land in the 6th District’s cities and towns. Barbershops are a particular favorite and Tisei stopped by Louis’ Barbershop on Water Street before stopping into Greenery Designs and the soon-to-be-vacated Bertram & Oliver Booksellers last Thursday afternoon.

“Amesbury has one of the highest unemployment rates in the entire district and that is the published unemployment rate,” Tisei said. “We have been told for so long that things are going to get better and now people are being told to accept what is as the new normal. And I don’t think people should accept that. People here in Amesbury didn’t accept it on the local level and decided to go in a new direction. Congress is the people’s house, so if you want to change the direction that the country is going in, you have an opportunity to be able to do that.”

Tierney beat Tisei 48 percent to 47 percent in 2012, which would account for a roughly 3,600-vote margin of victory in an election where more than 372,000 votes were cast. Tisei will be back in town tomorrow afternoon to visit Workspace 36.

“Last time it was just a race to meet as many people as I could,” Tisei said. “When you’re starting off in a district with 770,000 people, it’s not the same as running for state rep or state Senate where so many people get to know you. The reason we were so close last time is that I was able to meet so many people and cobble together a coalition of people who weren’t happy with the status quo and wanted a change. I feel this election is, I am starting where I left off and I just need to meet a few more people, particularly in the Amesbury-Newburyport area where people don’t know me as well as some of the other regions.”

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On Palm Sunday, the Rev. Lucy Blood and The Grace Notes will give a benefit concert at Union Congregational Church. The show will begin at 1 p.m. Holy Week at the UCC will culminate in their Easter Sunday sunrise service at Alliance park starting at 6 a.m. A full breakfast will be served in the vestry immediately after.

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The following meetings have been scheduled for this week and are open to the public:

Tonight

City Council, City Hall auditorium, 7 p.m.

Tomorrow

Library Board of Trustees, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank meeting room, Main Street, 7 p.m.

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Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at jsullivan@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3145.