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January 9, 2013

Newburyport City Council member to be chosen Monday

NEWBURYPORT — The newest member of the City Council is expected to be chosen Monday night when the council meets to interview seven residents to fill the vacant seat.

The 10 councilors plan to fill an at-large opening created when Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives was elected to the state Senate.

The new councilor will be chosen by a majority vote of the City Council, and that tenure will last until the November election.

Larry McCavitt, a former city councilor who had shown interest, has withdrawn from the race, city officials say.

Those invited to speak include Paula Hudson Chambers, Larry Giunta Jr., Steven Hutcheson, Ralph Orlando, Robert Rothberg, Warren Russo and Mary Zinck.

Chambers, a retired business professional, is a graduate of Newburyport High School and Barrington/Gordon College in Rhode Island.

For more than a decade, she was involved in the advertising field, including Adventures in Advertising in Newburyport and Chambers Specialty Advertising.

The Newburyport native also has managed a small promotional-products business specializing in sales, sales strategy and marketing.

Chambers, a resident of 31 Federal St., years ago worked as a long-term substitute teacher in French and social studies and as a retail associate in business.

Giunta is a territory manager for Homans Associates, Inc., where he is responsible for the heating, cooling and mechanical insulation business within eastern Massachusetts.

Prior to Homans, he held positions in several other companies providing services and equipment relating to heating and air conditioning.

He is a graduate of Salem State College and Northeast Institute of Industrial Technology in Boston.

A resident of 139 Crow Lane, he has been a coach with Newburyport Youth Lacrosse, and he is a member of the Newburyport School Building Board. He was a candidate for the City Council in 2011.

Hutcheson, a quality engineer with the Raytheon Co., also ran for City Council in 2011, missing out on a position by 77 votes.

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