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October 30, 2013

Our view: Progress in Peabody

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Deserving of another term among those running citywide is Tom Gould, whose promise we touted in his first bid for election in 2011 has been met by a strong performance in the two years since. As council president, Gould has set the tone for the past two successful years.

We also endorse Anne Manning-Martin, whose attention to detail and willingness to ask uncomfortable questions serves the city and its citizens well.

When investigating complaints about buses stored on Pulaski Street, for example, she found some were actually garaged there, leading to another $70,000 in taxes for the city. And it was Manning-Martin who sought to mobilize city government to help process applications for fuel assistance when the partial federal government shutdown put that program in danger.

Another incumbent deserving of re-election is David Gravel, who like Manning-Martin has also served on the School Committee. As a business owner, he has out of necessity become an expert on the city’s efforts to solve its chronic flooding problems. As the council’s expert on zoning issues, he has also become a key driver behind efforts to revitalize the downtown. Like others on the council, he has made it a priority to keep the tax rate stabilized.

In Ward 2, the choice is Peter McGinn, who understands how growth helps keep taxes in check. In Ward 3, businessman Thomas Serino’s private-sector experience gives him the edge. Finally in Ward 5, we prefer Joel Saslaw, who was chosen by Bettencourt to be part of the committee overseeing the revitalization of Centennial Park.

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