SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 30, 2013

Hunt vows to speak for neighborhood

BY PAUL LEIGHTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — As a resident of Gloucester Crossing, Scott Hunt said his neighborhood sometimes gets overlooked by those in power.

“Because they’re lower income, people think they don’t matter,” he said. “They do matter.”

Hunt said he hopes to become a voice for the neighborhood and for Ward 3 by becoming a city councilor. This is his first run for public office.

Hunt was born in Beverly, grew up in Salem, graduated from North Shore Technical High School (when it was located in the former United Shoe complex) and from the New England Culinary Institute.

He spent 25 years in the food-service business as a cook, restaurant manager and chef. His career included stints as a cook at Ritz Carlton hotels in Boston and Florida and as the head chef at a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont.

The long hours began to take their toll, however. Hunt switched careers and now sells life insurance.

“I just got burnt out and needed a change,” he said. “Especially when you have a young family.”

As a city councilor, Hunt said he would keep an eye on the implementation and financing of the proposed new middle school, as well as the development of the waterfront.

He said the downtown area also needs to be addressed. “The sidewalks are in rough shape,” he said.

With a new mayor and at least three new city councilors, not to mention a new police chief and superintendent, in store for the city, Hunt said he wants to be part of leadership evolution.

“There’s a lot of transition in Beverly,” he said. “It’s time for a change. The city is getting stale. I feel that I can do a better job.”

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

 

SCOTT HUNT

Address: 13 Grant St.
Age: 43
Employment: Benefit coordinator at American Income Life
Education: North Shore Technical High School, Class of 1988; graduate of New England Culinary Institute
Family: Wife, Melissa; two children, ages 12 and 8
Previous elective office: None
Community involvement: Gloucester Crossing neighborhood group
If elected, will you take the city's health insurance?: No
Favorite pastime: Golf, skiing