NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

October 24, 2012

O'Connor Ives stands out above the rest

To the editor:

Among the many races for political office we are now facing, the one closest to home is obviously the race to succeed former state Sen. Steven Baddour. As the great Tip O’Neil once famously said, “All politics is local.” One “local” candidate stands out above all others in that race.

Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives is that candidate. Every candidate brings some level of experience to the position, but Katy is the only one who has the public service experience most representative of the skills needed by a senator in the Massachusetts Legislature. Katy has had three successful terms as a Newburyport city councilor during which she honed her skills as a legislator and negotiator. These are skills essential to effective legislating at the high-pressure state level and she has already had on-the-job training on the local level and passed with flying colors; she does not need to “learn” to be a state senator.

Obviously, the people of Newburyport are pleased with her service and her skills, having elected her at-large and re-elected her twice. She has made a sincere effort in her campaign to get to know the people and the issues facing each community in the district. From over the bridge and on the beach in Salisbury, I see an individual who will effectively represent Salisbury and all the other communities in the district.

Another important reason to vote for Katy is that, because of the Democratic majority in the Massachusetts Senate, Katy is more likely than any other candidate to chair key committees that are important to the 1st Essex District. A vote for Katy is a win for the district.

LOU MASIELLO

Salisbury

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans