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September 4, 2013

Mayoral Election 2013: Profile of Donna Holaday


Age: 57

Years in Newburyport: 30

Family: Married to Joe Holaday for 29 years; sons Jared, 29, PJ, 25

Education: Master of Science, Boston University (1979), Master of Education, University of New Hampshire (1984) and Juris Doctor, Massachusetts School of Law (2002)

Current employment: Mayor of Newburyport

Past employment: Director of Grants, Middlesex Community College; adjunct faculty, Middlesex Community College, Northern Essex Community College and North Shore Community College; director of Residential Services, Turning Point Inc.; service coordinator, state Department of Developmental Services; speech and language pathologist, consultant in school, hospital, institutions and nonprofits

Political/public service experience: Newburyport city councilor at-large (2 terms), chair of Budget & Finance Committee, member of Public Safety, Joint Education and General Government Committees; State Democratic Committee; co-founder of Beacon Coalition; Greater Newburyport Community Council through Anna Jaques Hospital to support eHealth Collaborative; Resident Advisory Council of the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry; volunteer for numerous fundraisers to support local nonprofits including Opportunity Works, Friends of Peace Wet Paint Auction, Turning Point, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Newburyport Education Foundation, Girls Inc., Clothes for Hope and more

Top 3 priorities:

1 — On-time, on-budget completion of capital projects: Bresnahan and Nock/Molin school projects, water plant and wastewater treatment facilities, senior/community center, waterfront bulkhead project and roundabout; continue to add to the current 600 percent funding increase for sidewalk repairs

2 — Maintain city’s fiscal stability and accountability

3 — Find common ground across the diverse and passionate opinions and interests regarding the central waterfront that will result in the expansion of a magnificent park funded through limited development to connect our vibrant downtown to the waterfront.

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