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April 30, 2013

Fiscal watchdog Lucy faces tough fight

This is the second of three profiles of the candidates for Danvers selectman. Voters will elect two selectmen to serve three-year terms. The election is May 7.

DANVERS — Selectman Keith Lucy’s mantra is that a selectman’s job is to make sure the town is spending taxpayer’s money wisely.

The biggest issue, he said, is “always taxes ... how you collect and how you spend people’s money, right? That’s always going to be No. 1 for me.”

With the resignation of Selectman Mike Powers earlier this month, Lucy finds himself the most senior member of the board as he runs for his fourth term.

He is also in a tough, three-way race for two selectman seats with Selectman Dan Bennett and former Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge David Mills, a former town moderator. One of Lucy’s colleagues, Selectman Gardner Trask, has been campaigning for Mills and supports Bennett. Selectman Bill Clark has remained neutral but said he intends to see if the board will nominate the loser to fill the rest of Powers’ term, which ends next year.

With three vacancies and three people running — though only two seats will be on the ballot — Lucy said the sense of urgency for voters may have waned.

“I’m not taking anything less seriously, because it’s about ideas and allowing people to ask the questions and get real answers and understand what you are all about,” he said.

Lucy and Powers are credited with coming up with the financing plan for the ongoing Danvers High project, which has been paid for within budget, without the need to go to voters for an override of Proposition 21/2.

Lucy is also an ardent proponent during tax classification time of making sure any tax hikes are spread fairly among homeowners and commercial and industrial property owners.

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