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January 22, 2013

Amesbury: Bezanson declares council run

City finances driving his candidacy

AMESBURY — Election season is still months away, but one Amesbury resident is already gearing up for a run for City Council.

Eric Bezanson, 37, of 115 Whitehall Road, announced recently that he intends to campaign for at-large city councilor. He called himself a strong supporter of increasing revenue while controlling spending in order to lower the tax rate and said helping shore up Amesbury’s financial situation would be his sole priority.

Bezanson was born and raised in Amesbury and has spent the last 13 years working at Fidelity Investments. He said he shares many of the same views as councilors Christian Scorzoni and Donna McClure, identifying with Scorzoni’s views on bringing solar energy to Amesbury and with McClure’s drive to cut wasteful spending.

“How can we differentiate ourselves without impacting the tax rate,” Bezanson said, adding that he agrees with Mayor Thatcher Kezer from a big picture standpoint ,but wants to help lead Amesbury forward “without going poor getting there.”

Bringing solar energy to Amesbury in particular would be an area of interest for Bezanson. He said city-owned properties like Woodsom Farm and the former truck stop offer tremendous potential for solar revenue, but aren’t being utilized.

“Amesbury is the No. 1 community in the state that could be used for that and we haven’t taken advantage of that,” Bezanson said, adding he believes the potential exists for the city to garner $900,000 in new revenue from solar initiatives.

In the past, Bezanson has appeared at City Council meetings to weigh in on some of Amesbury’s big financial debates.

Three years ago when the City Council was debating whether to spend $500,000 on a new elevator for the Fire Department in order to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, he argued that the city could save the money and comply with the law simply by putting the fire chief’s office on the first floor, where he would be accessible to the public.

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