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December 11, 2012

Driscoll will seek a third term

Salem mayor says there are projects she wants to see through

SALEM — Mayor Kim Driscoll says she is “definitely” running for a third term.

Although her name is often tossed as a potential candidate for state-level office, Driscoll says she has projects she wants to see through in Salem.

“I’m definitely running for re-election,” Driscoll said Friday. “It sounds like a cliche, but I really like what I’m doing. ... I don’t have itchy feet.

“We have some amazing work going on in the city, and I want to be part of it.”

Continuing to focus on the city’s public schools is at the top of Driscoll’s list, she said, as well as the redevelopment of the power plant site and waterfront.

Driscoll was elected as Salem’s first female mayor in 2006 and re-elected in 2009 to a term that lasts through 2013. If re-elected in the November 2013 election, Driscoll would begin a third four-year term in January 2014.

She has set up a campaign page on Facebook and hosted a fundraiser reception Nov. 29 at 43 Church restaurant.

Driscoll says she’s aware that pundits often mention her name when speculating which state offices, such as treasurer, could be up for grabs in the coming year.

However, the mother of three school-age children says she’s sticking around. There are pivotal projects under way in Salem — from redevelopment of the Essex Street pedestrian mall and construction at the Peabody Essex Museum to the MBTA’s new train station and parking garage — and having an experienced mayor in the mix is key, Driscoll said.

“I’m still happy every day I walk out my front door to go to the office,” Driscoll said. “As long as that continues, I hope to have the faith of the Salem citizens.”

State Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, was among those who said they were pleased, but not surprised, that Driscoll will seek a third term.

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