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April 4, 2011

Cronin won't seek re-election to City Council

BEVERLY — For the second week in a row, a veteran city councilor has announced that she will not seek re-election.

Ward 6 Councilor Judith Cronin said she is stepping down at the end of the year to devote her energies to her job as executive director of the Greater Beverly YMCA and to spend more time with her family.

Her announcement follows last week's news that Councilor-at-large Pat Grimes will not seek re-election.

Cronin, 50, is in her second two-year team representing Ward 6, which includes Beverly Farms and Centerville. She also served four years on the School Committee, including two years as committee president.

Cronin was named executive director of the Greater Beverly YMCA in March of 2010, just four months after winning re-election.

"There really wasn't enough time in the day to do everything I wanted to do and do it well," she said. "I really have thought a lot about it because I really do enjoy elective office. But in the position I'm in now (at the YMCA), I continue to be able to reach out to the community to deliver programs and services to advance the quality of life."

Cronin was a strong supporter of the $81-million high school project, pushing for it while she was on the School Committee and voting for the funding as a city councilor.

Among the other accomplishments she cited were her efforts to form a committee that secured payments from nonprofits that don't pay property taxes, and her work with Ward 4 Councilor Kevin Hobin on a new ordinance designed to crack down on noise in neighborhoods.

"Judith's going to be sorely missed," Hobin said. "I enjoyed working with her. She's a great friend and a great resource. It's a big hole to fill."

Combined with Council President Mike Cahill's decision to run for mayor, the departure of Cronin and Grimes will open up three of the nine seats on the council for this year's election.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or by e-mail at pleighton@salemnews.com.

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