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May 10, 2013

Benton column: A good man for the job

Congratulations to retired Appeals Court Judge David Mills for topping the ticket in Tuesday’s election for the Danvers Board of Selectmen.

Mills should be a moderating presence on the board and will no doubt live up to his pledge to lend a careful and unbiased ear to all who come before it. He will also bring a good sense of history, being the son of a former town moderator and a former town moderator himself.

His election, along with the re-election of veteran member Dan Bennett, constitutes a clear endorsement of Town Manager Wayne Marquis and his administration, who over the past three decades have gained Danvers a reputation as one of the best-managed communities in the commonwealth.

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He wasn’t interested in running for Fred Berry’s state Senate seat, but Beverly’s Michael Cahill is clearly not tired of politics, announcing this week that he will take another run at the mayor’s seat. And this time he won’t have Bill Scanlon as an opponent.

Cahill mounted a formidable challenge to Scanlon two years ago and had the incumbent sweating the results right up until the final polling places reported. With former Councilor Tim Flaherty out of the race and Council President Paul Guanci on the fence, Cahill would have to be considered the favorite unless “American Idol’s” Angie Miller announces her candidacy.

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House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, R-North Reading, is not impressed with the $34 billion budget for the next fiscal year approved recently by his Democratic colleagues.

“Unfortunately, as adopted, the budget demonstrates the House Democrats’ continued willingness to rely on revenue found in the recently passed transportation finance bill. While the taxpayers of Massachusetts have avoided the enormity of Gov. Patrick’s $1.9 billion tax hike, our state’s residents should find no comfort in the $500 million tax increase approved by my colleagues across the aisle,” Jones declared. The Senate is expected to pass its own version of the budget sometime this month.

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