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Opinion

October 30, 2013

Why I am going to vote for Donna Holaday

To the editor:

I’m voting for Donna Holaday for many reasons. One of them is that Mayor Holaday is good at seeing the big picture and not afraid to act decisively to get where she thinks the city should be. She gets things done. I believe another even more admirable quality of Donna’s is her ability to admit a mistake and willingness to make it right because, occasionally, some people’s toes get stepped on as a result of a decision. As someone who serves on the Conservation Commission and who metaphorically nearly lost a foot during one such instance, I can tell you from personal experience that Mayor Holaday is not afraid to sit down and talk about her decision, rethink it if necessary, and come to a reasonable compromise. The Brown School playground situation is a clear example of this.

No one in elected office, particularly at the mayoral level, gets it right every time. Fact is, the only perfect politician is yourself. The question then becomes will that politician listen to those most affected, and be willing to recognize a mistake and fix it or will they just steam ahead and not look back. Mayor Holaday is obviously the former.

Mayor Holaday is also impressively well-informed on a wide array of issues and knows how to use that knowledge to the benefit of Newburyport. I’ve lost track of the number of times Donna has stopped by a Conservation Commission meeting to give us an in-depth update on the landfill or some other project. If you heard her at the mayoral forum or the mayoral debate, her knowledge quickly becomes apparent. If you haven’t, you should watch both at Port Media’s YouTube page before you vote.

From our Green Community status to securing state funding for the Bresnahan and Nock schools, Newburyport has benefited greatly from the work of Mayor Holaday and her staff. Donna has earned another four years. Please make it a priority to get out and vote to re-elect Mayor Donna Holaday on Nov. 5.

Joe Teixeira

Newburyport

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