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.