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October 4, 2010

Schetzsle fighting for a little name recognition

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When Procter & Gamble bought Gillette in 2005, Schetzsle took a job with Gillette. He and his wife, Kelly, moved to Boston and eventually to Beverly.

"As soon as we got here we loved it," Schetzsle said. "We knew this was home."

Trying to catch a wave

Inspired by John McCain's presidential campaign, Schetzlse became involved in politics for the first time in 2008. He joined the Beverly Republican City Committee, helped open a campaign office in downtown Beverly and began advocating for more active local participation in a state that has been dominated by Democrats.

"He was great at reaching out in the community," Beverly Republican City Committee Chairman Andrew Channell said. "He was so sincerely energized by the need to get the party up and running."

Schetzsle said he met with some of the city's Republican leaders to see if anyone would challenge Mary Grant, the incumbent Democratic state representative who ran unopposed in 2008.

"There were no takers," he said. "I said, alright, if nobody else is going to do it, I'm going to do it."

Schetzsle acknowledges that he began the race well behind Parisella in name recognition. Parisella, a lawyer, is making his first run for public office, but he's a Beverly native from a large extended family with deep ties in the city.

Schetzsle appears unfazed by the challenge. He has studied previous elections and expects approximately 17,000 people to vote.

"You can't get to 8,501 on family and friends alone," he said. "We know how many votes we need to get, and we're going to find those people who are already predisposed to thinking like I do on the issues and are just happy to have a choice."

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