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October 24, 2012

Letter: Support Ives for state Senate

To the editor:

Sometimes, when people are asked during an election season why they’re voting for a particular candidate, they find it hard to put into words specifically why they’ve made their choice. But for me, when asked why I’m voting for Kathleen O’Connor Ives for state senator in the 1st Essex Senate District, it’s an incredibly easy request.

Kathleen O’Connor Ives is unquestionably the right choice for those of us living in the 1st Essex Senate District. Katy is one of the most intelligent, conscientious, and loyal individuals I have ever known. Her approach to problem solving is to always take a collaborative approach while also doing her own homework so that she can arrive at a well-thought out decision that is based on logic, hard work, and consensus. As a city councilor in Newburyport, Katy has demonstrated time and time again that she can work successfully with individuals across all of the political parties. As a result, she has widespread bipartisan support from her constituents throughout the area.

Katy is the only candidate who has pledged to be a full-time state senator for those of us living in the Merrimack Valley. She will work tirelessly for you and me without distractions from other outside jobs and interests. Katy’s sole job when elected as our state senator will be to represent our district and to advocate full-time on our behalf. Our district needs and deserves a state senator who will take the job seriously and who will devote her entire workday to the citizens of the 1st Essex Senate District.

As a Democrat, Katy is the only candidate in this race who will be able to chair a committee in the Democratic-controlled state Senate. This party affiliation will truly allow Katy to have a more significant voice in the state Senate than any of her three opponents.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, I ask you to please join me in voting for Kathleen O’Connor Ives as our next state senator for the 1st Essex Senate District. By voting for Kathleen O’Connor Ives, you will be voting for another new voice in the state Senate — yours. Learn more about Katy at: www.voteforives.com.

Susan E. Acquaviva


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