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January 11, 2014

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt's inaugural speech

As prepared for delivery.

Thank you reverend clergy. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I am truly honored to be here with you this evening.

Let me begin by recognizing some very important people in my life who are here tonight: my mother and father Ed and Barbara Bettencourt, my sisters Karen and Julie, Julie’s husband Thad Broughton, my brother Kevin and his new wife Meghan. Your love and support over the years has helped me to realize a lifelong dream - to become mayor of the city of Peabody.

There are four other very special people I would like to acknowledge: my wife Andrea and our three beautiful daughters Taylor, Ally, and Avery.

Thank you for your unwavering love and support and for the many sacrifices you make which allow me to serve the city I love. I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful family.

It is my privilege to recognize the elected officials in attendance tonight including Congressman John Tierney, Senator Joan Lovely, Representative Ted Speliotis, and District Attorney Jon Blodgett. Thank you all for your friendship and for your ongoing commitment to the city of Peabody.

To the members of the City Council, School Committee, Electric Light Commission and Board of Library Trustees: each of you are to be commended for your willingness to put your name on the ballot, work hard each day for your constituents and give your time and energy to the great calling of public service. Thank you all.

I would like to thank all of our city department heads, staff, and municipal employees for dedicating their professional lives towards improving our city. I also extend my gratitude to the many volunteers who serve and have served over the years on our boards and commissions. Though it often goes unheralded, your service is the foundation of our community’s strength - past, present and future.

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