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April 22, 2013

City Council race draws candidates

Derrivan will not seek re-election; others still deciding

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Cameron said he plans to pull nomination papers for an at-large seat within the next several weeks and then will start knocking on doors.

Cronin said he is driven to seek re-election due to a deep love for the city.

“The biggest example of possible change is our waterfront; this is what makes us stand apart from other communities. We can’t lose what we have so long cherished,” he said. “There are many things that can and should be done to improve this waterfront gem that doesn’t involve major building construction.

“I am a vocal advocate for the Meals on Wheels program for our seniors and for responsible government that is inclusive and not exclusive,” Cronin added.

Connell, who is serving his fifth term, said he believes he has the experience to make a contribution. He listed several recent improvements to the city.

“We needed better schools, and now we’re building them,” he said. “It was becoming more difficult to protect the river from our wastewater effluents, so we upgraded and improved the sewer plant. Downtown streets and sidewalks were crumbling, so we dedicated revenues to fix them. Downtown parking is better organized and more self-sustaining than it used to be.

“We haven’t yet settled on a plan for the central waterfront; and turnover among educational leaders prevents Newburyport schools from moving into the upper echelon statewide,” he added. “But we’re making progress, and I enjoy working with residents, volunteer boards and elected colleagues to move us in a positive direction.”

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