, Newburyport, MA


May 5, 2014

New name, new strategy and new hope

To the editor:

With the filing date here, we expect an interesting race in the First Essex District for an open House seat formerly held by Michael Costello. This year we are fortunate to have Jim Kelcourse, three-term vice president of the Amesbury City Council, running.

Jim, a moderate, is well-known in Amesbury for his ability to bring factions together to produce sound legislation. He is a fresh face at a time new leadership is badly needed to solve local and statewide problems.

Jim is the prototype of a local hero playing several sports at Amesbury High School and then going on to Villanova University on a football scholarship. Jim received both his B.A. and MBA from Villanova. Then while working full time, he went on to earn his JD degree, passed the Mass. Bar and today he has his own law firm in Newburyport.

Jim will be rolling out his vision of solutions to the district’s needs as he talks to many voters. Don’t be surprised if you find him at your door introducing himself and listening to you on your thoughts on local issues.

Jim has long been a supporter of better schools and lower cost of government. He does not see these two issues as mutually exclusive. His goal is to make government work leaner, meaner and more cost-effectively. Jim believes that this can only be accomplished if deicated people come together and agree to reduce bloated programs.

I hope everyone will take time to meet Jim and share your thoughts with him. I think you’ll find a good listener. And, he’ll make a fine leader for the First District.

William Parker


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