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October 12, 2013

Election 2013: Full house of candidates seek at-large seats

There are some crowded races on Gloucester’s city election ballot this fall — none more so than the run for councilor-at-large.

There are four seats available and a full slate of eight candidates seeking an at-large seat in the Nov. 5 city elections.

There are three incumbent councilors-at-large — Joseph A. Ciolino, Robert D. Whynott and Sefatia Romeo Theken — seeking re-election. There is one ward councilor — Ward 5’s Gregory P. Verga — looking to move up to wider representation, and a former Ward 3 councilor — Steven Curcuru — looking to make his way back onto the council.

Then there are the new challengers — Paul A. Lundberg, Dennis Latham and Robert K. Whitmarsh. Though none has held elective city office, each is familiar with the landscape of city government.

Lundberg served six years on the Gloucester Planning Board (two as chairman) and served on the board of directors for the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library. Whitmarsh was a member of the steering committee that helped secure state approval for the new Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District and Latham considered running for mayor in 2011, but did not return papers because of family concerns about his decision to run.

Here is a quick look at each of the eight candidates, with basic biographical information and their choice of the three issues they expect to run on or which they believe will define the campaign:

Joseph A. Ciolino

Address: 28 High Popples Road

Age: 66

Occupation: Owner of The Weathervane shop on Main Street

Current office: Incumbent councilor-at-large

Three campaign issues: Continue moving toward sensible development of the waterfront to increase tax base through additional businesses and jobs. Create incentives for businesses to relocate to Gloucester while protecting the city’s maritime heritage. Assist in the development of a five-year plan for city schools based on continuing the philosophy of community schools.

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