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April 1, 2013

Third candidate enters race for mayor

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“Digging up the waterfront for an underground garage is simply a dumb and costly idea. It doesn’t take a panel of geologists to know when you dig near or under a water table (near shoreline), you are asking for problems.”

Regarding issues on Plum Island, he said, “Plum Island is growing in most places; contrary to the eco-alarmists. There is one strip in Newbury where all the tidal damage is taking place. We need to be proactive when dealing with the environmental alarmists.

“We need to confront state bureaucrats that get in the way of progress. We need to identify the players (authorities) and put pressure on over-exuberant bureaucrats.”

Regarding local commerce, he said, “I will solicit ideas from small business people in the square and elsewhere, to get their ideas for a better downtown.

The candidate said, “Keep taxes at current levels and no more. All departments need to hold spending including education departments.

“Most all Americans have learned to cut back. Government must do the same.”

On spending, he said, “Any large construction plans that cost the taxpayers has a potential to be a black hole of spending. Any large projects will be examined for every brick and pipe.

“Any large construction projects are projects that have a possibility of being a spending sink-hole. I will oppose any major waterfront construction projects that are deemed to be big and involve taxpayer dollars, especially on infrastructures.”

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