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November 1, 2013

The campaign trail: Mac Bell

Mac mounts challenge through visits, social media

Mac Bell sashayed between rows of seated bingo players, displaying a sheet cake decorated with his mayoral campaign logo to the applause and occasional cheers of about 80 of Gloucester’s elders Wednesday.

“It’s nice to have him come here to us,” said Grace Curcuru, as she waited for the bingo game to begin. Several seniors echoed that sentiment.

Bell has run on a platform that emphasizes his campaign’s “voters’ bill of rights,” which first and foremost calls for respecting all taxpayers and their tax dollars.

Some of those who deserve most respect, he says, are the older folks. Wednesday’s visit to the Senior Center came the morning after he celebrated his mom’s 91st birthday with her and his 101-year-old father.

Bell has echoed his idea of government “at your service” throughout his campaign.

“My comfort level with people is such that I’ve been doing this my whole life,” Bell said. “For me, it’s the love of community and of service. The relationship of being able to work with people, of being able to enjoy working with people, is something Gloucester deserves.”

Bell, with a couple of helpers, handed out cake slices from a hefty blue tray, whispering to each bingo player to ask whether she or he preferred vanilla or chocolate. After distributing the cake, he walked around the room with a jug of coffee, serving it up as naturally as a waiter at George’s or Zeke’s.

Bell stopped to speak with those who recognized him. He leaned in to talk with one man seated in an electrical chair, cracked into laughter, then laid his brown suede jacket across the back of the chair, asking the man to hang onto it as Bell headed off to greet a “young lady” with bright eyes and white hair.

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