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August 9, 2012

Letters to the editor

Ives should be

next state senator


To the editor:

I am pleased to endorse Kathleen O’Connor Ives as the next state senator to represent the people of the 1st Essex District. I ask the people to cast a vote for her on Sept. 6.

My arrival in Newburyport in the fall of 2007 coincided with her first election to the City Council. My lunches spent at local eateries enabled me to eavesdrop on what people thought about municipal issues. I routinely heard and watched — people talk about Katy’s campaign, drawing circles in the air with their fingers. Unlike other campaign yard signs and bumper stickers which were rectangular in size, Katy’s were oval with her last name emboldened. It was an excellent branding concept and led her to victory with 2,054 votes.

Working alongside Katy over the past two years on the Newburyport City Council, she shares ideals with me in fiscal conservatism and progressive liberalism. Katy is a pleasure to observe in council meetings. She brings her laptop computer to save on paper costs. She listens to all sides of an issue before raising her hand to speak. She talks with conviction. She commands respect.

I thank Katy for her steadfast approval last year creating off-leash dog areas in city parks. In March 2012, we co-sponsored a resolution to call upon the United States Congress to pass and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. The City Council unanimously agreed with our desire to restore democracy to the people.

I respect Katy as a fellow councilor and admire her as a person. Katy offers a fresh, passionate, and intellectual voice in her bid to succeed Steven Baddour. State primary elections typically see few voters come to the polls. I ask you to visit her website at VoteForIves.com to read her background and stance on issues of importance to the residents of the 1st Essex. I ask you to join me and vote for Katy on Sept. 6.

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