AMESBURY — As part of The Daily News coverage of the upcoming city election, the newspaper is publishing profiles of candidates for office.
Today’s profile is Allen Neale, one of the five candidates running for the three open seats on the City Council.
There is no finer community to live and work in than Amesbury. There are so many people who genuinely care about you and me. Whether it’s Our Neighbors’ Table, St. Vincent De Paul, Rose Werner or any of the local churches, this community is blessed with people who regularly go out of their way to help others. It is in this spirit of giving back to our community that I have been happy to use my education, knowledge and skills to help guide Amesbury forward through this most difficult economic time. Finding the optimal balance between taxes, school funding, the city’s operational budget, investment in our infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks and economic development, has been and will continue to be key to the betterment of Amesbury. I believe that I have demonstrated that I possess the leadership and skill set necessary to help Amesbury move forward.
Years in Amesbury: 35
Family: I have 3 children, Debra, Jennifer and Eric, all of whom attended Amesbury Public Schools and they have presented my wife Liz and me with 8 grandchildren, one of whom currently attends the Cashman Elementary School.
Education: bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute and a MBA in business from Southern New Hampshire University.
Current employment: Jack Sanborn & Son, Inc., an electrical contracting company in Amesbury
Past employment: president of CRW Finishing Company, a metal finishing business; vice president of Essex County Gas (National Grid) responsible for rates, regulatory affairs, environmental matters, gas supply and planning.
Political/public service experience: councilor at-large for the last 6 years after serving 2 years on the Finance Committee; chairman of the council’s Finance and Audit committees; member of the Public Buildings and Infrastructure committee; served on the search committees for school superintendent and business administrator, and the needs review committee for the Amesbury Elementary School; former member of the Woodsom Farm Committee
Top 3 priorities:
1. Provide adequate funding for the schools, with emphasis on funding from the state and federal governments for special needs students.
2. Seek funding for the city’s infrastructure needs that will result in tax base growth.
3. Continued support of additional funding for the repair of roads and sidewalks.