Editor’s note: Nine candidates are vying for five at-large seats on the Peabody City Council. Profiles of six candidates were published previously.
PEABODY — Anne Manning-Martin is careful claiming credit. As a member of the School Committee she voted for construction of the new Brown and Carroll schools, but cautions, “I didn’t do the heavy lifting.”
Still, she notes the most recent Peabody High graduates are the first to benefit from all-day kindergarten. “I fought for that. I thought it was very important that we offer that.” Because, “The earlier you detect learning deficiencies in children the sooner you can address and correct them.”
After two terms on the school board and three on the council, she recently voted to build a new middle school. “I am a heavy lifter on the City Council now.” In private life, at Habitat for Humanity, she volunteered in constructing three properties, preventing “blight in the heart of the downtown.” Manning-Martin also joined Green Peabody, a group working for the city’s environment.
Often a questioning voice on the council, she investigated complaints about buses stored on Pulaski Street and discovered some were actually garaged there. That led to a tax on the bus company and a $70,000 windfall, she says. During a term as council president she played a role in the rezoning the city.
“I voted against tax increases,” she stresses, “and a City Council pay raise. I consider myself to be fiscally responsible.” Pointing to the role that businesses play in keeping taxes lower, Manning-Martin cautions, “We need to be business friendly and not put too much of a burden on them.” Investments are important, she adds, but “We need to be sure we don’t put too much of a burden on the taxpayer.”
Manning-Martin, who made two unsuccessful runs for state representative, says, “I’ve enjoyed doing the work of a counselor and I’ve gotten a lot of calls the last two years with constituents reaching out for help. I enjoy getting these calls. ... I appreciate being in a position to help.”
Address: 37 Dexter St.
Employment: Department of Corrections, helps manage medical facility, Shattuck Hospital
Education: Bachelor's degree, Saint Anselm College; master's degree, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Family: Husband, Jack
Offices held: Two terms School Committee, three terms City Council
Will you take city health insurance if elected? Does not take city health care
Pastime: Golf, time with family