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March 11, 2013

Amesbury group plans to contest every council race

AMESBURY — This fall’s election season is shaping up to be an exciting one as a burgeoning opposition party seeking to challenge the status quo in Amesbury begins to emerge.

Over the past few months, a group of residents who are unhappy with the pattern of taxes and spending in Amesbury began meeting to discuss their ideas, policies and potential election strategies to bring about meaningful change.

Mike Buetow, who has been serving as the head of the developing opposition party, indicated that every City Council race would be contested this fall, assuming all of the incumbents decide to run for re-election.

“I’ve had folks in every district and a few at-large people say that they plan to pull papers,” Buetow said. “It’s fair to say that every race will be contested.”

Buetow, who has been hosting the meetings at his 10 Cabot Court residence, did not specify who would be running in which districts, saying he would prefer to let those individuals announce their own candidacy when the time is right. He did say that he is not planning on running for office himself and is instead acting as more of a coordinator.

The opposition group has largely kept their plans quiet so far, but chatter of their activity occasionally surfaces on the “Citizens for Lower Taxes in Amesbury” Facebook group. An email from Buetow listing a number of agreed-upon goals was also forwarded to members of the City Council and obtained by The Daily News back in January.

Among the group’s priorities listed by Buetow was a desire to focus on developing areas like the Golden Triangle between the I-95 and I-495 convergence before spending more money on projects like the Lower Millyard, along with bringing Amesbury’s spending more in line with similar sized communities.

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