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October 23, 2012

A race for little-known board

Two women vie for Governor's Council seat

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“I’ve done vetting before, I understand how this is supposed to work,” she said, thinking back to her FCC days. “It’s a skill, and not many people realize that. I have learned to say no to a lot of important people, while staying polite.”

Duff later returned home to the North Shore and lived in Beverly for a time before moving to Gloucester. She has never run for public office before, but was active in Beverly serving on the city’s Conservation Commission and the Golf and Tennis Commission, as well as being a member of the Beverly and Salem chambers of commerce and chairwoman of the Beverly First Night Arts Festival.

Currently, Duff is a real estate agent and also a chaplain at Hospice of the North Shore. In addition to a degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., she has a master’s degree in management, organizational development from Cambridge College and a doctorate in ministry from Wisdom University in San Francisco.

Duff also thinks the fact that she’s not an attorney is to her advantage.

“My background is in policy; people don’t understand that policy is the writing of law,” she said. “I think I would add a nice balance to the council. I would bring a unique and needed perspective. ... I have a reputation for being very fair with people and being polite and objective. I don’t mind listening to someone else’s opinion, even if I don’t agree with it, because that’s how you learn.”

Asked why people should vote for her, she said: “Because I will represent them well and they will be heard. I have an open door to listen to people, and I’m the best-qualified person running.”

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