NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 24, 2013

Holaday tenacious, honest, best choice for mayor


Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I like Richard Sullivan Jr., but on Nov. 5, I am voting for Donna Holaday.

I realize Richard, a popular, long-term resident of Newburyport, has amassed many friends with an outgoing personality and gregarious disposition; but we are selecting a mayor, not a prom king. Likability is nice, accountability is where the rubber meets the road.

Donna Holaday has a record we all can believe in. I have seen her serve two terms for the City Council and two terms as mayor. I know who she is and what she has accomplished. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t agree on everything, but even when we disagree, I admire her tenacity, honesty and intellect.

Mayor Holaday was instrumental in reducing city taxes by maximizing the state’s contribution to our new schools and senior center. Mayor Holaday’s successful connection with both state and federal legislatures has secured over $50 million in funding for our town. Why would anyone choose to vote that type of performance out of office?

I read Richard Sullivan’s candidate statement from Sept. 4, and it seemed contradictory. He wants to keep the waterfront “open and expanded.” What does that mean? He goes on to promise “controls on spending” but laments “20-plus years of budget cuts.”

I am sure Richard Sullivan Jr. is a great guy, but I know Donna Holaday is a great mayor, and she deserves our support for all she has done.

Ray Clements

Newburyport