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April 22, 2013

City Council race draws candidates

Derrivan will not seek re-election; others still deciding


Non-incumbents who have announced they will run include Larry Giunta and Bruce Vogel.

Vogel, a resident of 28 Myrtle St., had initially indicated he was running from Ward 5. But last week he said chances are “99 percent” that he will be running for an at-large seat.

“I will probably be moving, within walking distance of the downtown,” said Vogel, who represented Ward 5 on the council from 2004 to 2008. “So I would be running at-large.”

“I am committed to the city and want to serve again,” he added.

Giunta said he is in favor of “keeping the waterfront open as a park for all to enjoy and will monitor closely the future development of the New England Development waterfront properties to ensure Newburyport residents’ best interests are represented.”

He said he would work for a sidewalk on Hale Street, “so neighborhood children can walk to school safely.”

And he wants the “continued monitoring of the Crow Lane landfill to ensure past work does not deteriorate over time,” he said.

O’Brien will run for his ninth term on the council. “It has been a pleasure to serve the people of Ward 6 these years and hope to continue to win their support for another term.

“I feel that I have listened to my ward and voted what the majority felt, whether it was Plum Island water and sewer (where I voted ‘no,’ as I felt it would be difficult to find a company that has provided this type of service when laying the lines and the beach was constantly moving and will look like the proper vote as future history will bear this out),” he added.

“I am against any buildings on the waterfront,” O’Brien said.

Heartquist said she is looking forward to continuing to serve as Ward 1 councilor.

“I enjoy representing the people of my ward and value the relationships we have built over the past three years. I look forward to continuing our efforts moving forward,” she said.

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