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July 10, 2013

Marblehead's Moulton hits campaign trail

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“I like the way he came across in the video,” she said. “He stated clearly, ‘I’m a Democrat,’ and he gave his credentials up front.”

Still, Onasik said Moulton will have a difficult time beating Tierney.

“(Tierney) is a professional politician, he’s got money, and he’s an incumbent. That’s a triple whammy,” Onasik said. “(Moulton) has a hard run ahead of him.”

Beverly resident Kevin Beckwith said he was interested to hear what Moulton had to say. But Beckwith also said he has learned not to be swayed by first impressions of a political candidate.

“I’ve heard his take before about change in Washington,” Beckwith said. “I have yet to see anybody do it.”

Moulton was accompanied by two aides, including Gavin Pascarella of Cambridge, who, like Moulton, is a Harvard graduate and a Marine officer.

“I just graduated from Harvard, and I thought I’d help Seth out before I go overseas,” Pascarella said. “I know how great of a leader he is in the military, so I know how great of a leader he’ll be as a civilian.”

Moulton, who is the co-founder and president of Eastern Healthcare Partners, started his morning at the Lynn train station. He went from there to the train station and Red’s Sandwich shop in Salem, stopped at the Beverly fire station, then was headed to Lobsta Land in Gloucester. He plans to visit all 39 communities in the district over the next 10 days.

“As with anything, when you start off, it can be a little intimidating,” he said of greeting voters. “One of the things I really miss about being in the Marines is the sense of serving people every day. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to go into public service again. I’ve got to be honest; I’m really enjoying it.”

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

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