BY PAUL LEIGHTON
---- — BEVERLY — As a teenager growing up in Maine, Lance Daly received his first exposure to politics when his stepfather ran for state representative.
“That’s when I first got my interest,” he said. “That’s probably why I majored in political studies at Gordon College.”
Daly is now hoping to turn his passion for politics into a position on the City Council. He said he decided to run in order to help the city reach its full potential.
“I’ve always kind of seen Beverly on the cusp of reaching this next level of greatness as a whole, and so much of that potential is located in Ward 2,” he said.
Daly came to the area to attend Gordon College in Wenham and has lived in Beverly for seven years. He is a member of Beverly Main Streets and serves on the board of directors at the River House homeless shelter.
He works as a health outreach worker, helping to connect clients who have significant medical and psychiatric issues with the services they need.
As the Ward 2 councilor, Daly said he would work to ensure that developers and city officials take into consideration the needs of residents.
“I see the biggest issues as the development of the downtown and waterfront neighborhoods,” he said. “Developers see them as ‘areas,’ but I want to make sure that people are more mindful that these are neighborhoods where people live and have their homes and that every decision they make has the potential to affect their lives.”
Daly said he would also make sure that businesses and residents are kept informed about the upcoming major reconstruction of Route 1A/Rantoul Street.
“It affects every business and resident on Rantoul Street,” he said. “They just want a heads up when the project is going to roll up to their doorstep.”
Lance Daly Age: 35 Address: 23 School St. Job: Health outreach worker for Commonwealth Community Care of Boston Education: Bachelor of Arts in political studies from Gordon College; master's in religious studies at Boston University Family: Single Community involvement: Board of directors at River House homeless shelter; Beverly Main Streets Economic Restructuring Committee and 30 & Main Committee; City of Beverly Solid Waste Management Committee Previous elective office: None