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Opinion

November 4, 2013

Our view: Crucial election in Newburyport, Amesbury tomorrow

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Our viewpoint of incumbent Mayor Thatcher Kezer is almost the reverse — we’ve seen his experience in office, his track record is known. He’s been a strong leader in some difficult times, been focused on important goals like redeveloping the Lower Millyard, and has had to make some tough decisions regarding spending that have aggravated both sides. However, he continues to downplay, if not ignore, the sizable portion of Amesbury residents who want to be heard on the issue of taxes and tax rates. If there is a single criticism of Kezer that we have heard time and again from local politicians and citizens, it is that there is a callousness to his leadership style that turns people off and makes him difficult to work with. The partisan-like nature of the “I Am Pro Amesbury” movement that Kezer has embraced has only widened the gap in an already split city. We see enough of this divisive partisanship in Washington; there’s no place for it in our local towns.

This appears to be a close race in Amesbury, and ultimately it will come down to which side can muster the stronger turnout.

Tomorrow is the chance for voters to sort out many of the issues that they have been discussing these past few months. Please be sure to make your voice heard at the polls.

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