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September 14, 2013

Meet the Ward 4 City Council candidates

NEWBURYPORT — City voters who live in the city’s Ward 4 will be facing a primary race for city councilor in Tuesday’s election.

Three candidates are competing in the primary; the top two vote getters will face off in the Nov. 5 election. Ward 4 stretches along the Merrimack River, from Broad Street to the Chain Bridge. It extends southward to High street and beyond in some areas (voters who are unfamiliar with the ward boundaries can view a map on the city’s website.)

Here are profiles of the candidates who are running for council from Ward 4.

Tom Jones

54, 130R Low St.; married,

Education: Dean College, associates degree, Bentley College, B.A.

Profession: Carpenter and construction superintendent.

Why are you running?

“I am running for my fifth term on the council because I’ve gained valuable experience and insight into what works for Newburyport and the pitfalls that many cities and towns suffer, and how best we can avoid them. I was born and raised here and wish to keep this community a great place to live and raise a family, to preserve the quality of the community and improve the opportunities for our families.

“The most challenging task we now face is balancing the need to improve infrastructure and services and still fight to contain escalating costs of fees and taxes that challenge many of our families.

“How to deal with it? By challenging every expenditure for cost to benefit ratio and critical performance standards for departments and programs. By the hard work of budget management. By reading, researching and challenging functions and initiatives and reviewing annual performance. By seeking feedback from constituents and stakeholders in the community.”

Sean McDonald

46, 9 Farrell St.

married with three daughters

Education: Vermont Technical College in Vermont, Northern Essex Community College, and Kaplan College

Profession: Finance accounts coordinator.

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