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November 6, 2013

Kimball vows to be a political fixture

Despite mayoral loss, he will regularly bring issues to city leaders


Of the 9,310 total votes cast on Tuesday, Fiorentini got 6,490 — clearly a wide majority to bring his sixth term as mayor, a Haverhill record. Elections officials said it will likely be several days before they know the total votes received by Kimball because those write-in and sticker votes must be counted by hand.

One of the platforms of Kimball’s brief campaign was getting young people to understand the importance of agriculture and how the community gets its food.

Yesterday, he said one of the issues he will now push involves the city making money from the sale of eels caught in the Merrimack River. He said if the city invests $10,000 for traps, Haverhill city could make $2,000 a day from the sale of eel meat, which goes for $3 a pound.

“It’s a resource we have,’’ he said.

Kimball said he will also push for a greater police presence downtown to make it safer at night and weekends. He said he will also propose a program called “trash for food,’’ which involves homeless people picking up trash in exchange for receiving meals.

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