SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 11, 2013

Flynn: A common-sense approach

Bethany Bray
The Salem News

---- — Note to readers: Gina Flynn is one of three candidates running for Ward 4 city councilor in Salem. The Sept. 17 preliminary election will narrow the field to two.

SALEM — Gina Flynn said she’ll bring common sense, a mind for business and a feel for the importance of family to the City Council.

Flynn, a branch manager at Eastern Bank’s downtown Salem office, has a lot of connections in the city’s business community and has lived in Ward 4 for more than 30 years. Now that her children are grown and out of the house, Flynn said she has the time, experience and commitment to devote to the city’s governing board.

“Being in the neighborhood for so long and owning property, it’s time to give back to what’s most important to me,” Flynn said. “I’m committed to Salem’s success. I want to see it succeed, I want to see it grow and go in the right direction.”

And she thinks she can help. “I think I can make a common-sense approach,” she said.

Flynn said she was prompted to throw her hat in the ring after the “embarrassment the city faced” in January, when councilors took a tie vote, over and over until 2:30 in the morning in attempt to fill a board vacancy.

She grew up in Peabody, but later moved to Beverly schools and graduated from Beverly High. In Salem she’s been active in the downtown community, volunteering with the Farmers Market, the Salem Heritage Days ice cream bowl and other events.

Flynn would also bring an attribute now absent from Salem City Council: a woman’s perspective.

“We need some women ...,” Flynn said. “Having a woman’s point of view is important.”