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October 28, 2013

Furey: wants to 'make a difference'

Longtime City Councilor Tom Furey said the city is at a time of “great possibilities,” with redevelopment coming to the city’s waterfront, college campus and commuter rail station.

“Most cities and towns would give their right arm to be where Salem is right now,” he said. “This is one of the most exciting times to live in Salem. We’re lucky to have such a visionary mayor.”

Furey said he’s running for re-election simply because he loves trying to “make a difference.”

He cited his efforts to have former football coach Ken Perrone voted into the Salem High School Hall of Fame this spring. For close to two decades, Perrone’s candidacy was championed by Furey, who continually nominated the former coach, only to see the bid fail year after year, due to Perrone’s controversial role in the 1994 Salem teachers’ strike.

Perrone was accepted into the SHS Hall of Fame this spring, after its committee was reorganized and expanded — in part, due to Furey’s efforts.

Furey said this was a highlight, both personally and professionally, of his career in elected office.

“I stuck with it over the years. ... It’s small issues like that (that make a difference),” Furey said. “He (Perrone) gave me a big hug (at the induction ceremony). There was not a dry eye in the house.”

 

TOM FUREY

Address: 36 Dunlap St.
Age: 64
Employment: retired schoolteacher; works part time as a security officer at Peabody Essex Musuem
Education: Salem High School, Class of 1968; Salem State University: bachelor's degree in 1972 and three master's degrees, in reading, library science and administration
Family: Single parent of three adopted sons and two long-term foster children, all adults now
Elected offices: 12 years on Salem School Committee, 18 years on City Council as a councilor-at-large
Community involvement: Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus
If elected, will you take the city's health insurance? No
Pastime: reading, going to the YMCA

 

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