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January 17, 2014

Council's new leaders strike moderate tone

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“After a few conversations it became obvious that people want somebody that you can work with,” Lavoie said. “So as a result, the people who can work with each group are the naturals to lead the council at this time.”

Kelcourse said that over the course of the legislative session, councilors typically lobby for future positions they’re interested in, and he acknowledged that he expressed interest in the vice presidency.

“I spoke to other city councilors about the vice presidency,” Kelcourse said. “I thought it was an opportunity for me to take on some added responsibility and serve my constituents in a new way.”

Kelcourse added that he supported McMilleon for president and was thrilled when he was elected. He said he looks up to McMilleon as a mentor and is excited for the opportunity to serve with him.

“He’s a very good friend of mine,” Kelcourse said. “I think he runs an excellent meeting, and I’m privileged to serve as vice president with him and I’m very grateful to have gotten unanimous support.”

McMilleon is entering his sixth term on the City Council and is the most experienced member of the council. He previously served two terms as councilor at-large from 2002 to 2005 before stepping down to take a break, and he was subsequently re-elected as District 5 councilor in the fall of 2007. He has served on the council in that capacity ever since.

This will be McMilleon’s second stint as the council president. He previously served in that role from 2004 to 2005, and he also served as vice president in 2009. Going forward, McMilleon said things will likely be different on the council, but that doesn’t mean the council can’t continue to accomplish great things for Amesbury.

“We’ve got a different mayor, we’ve got a different council and we have some broad perspectives on the political spectrum,” McMilleon said. “One of my main goals is going to be to facilitate us working in a collaborative way so we can accomplish things for the community.”

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