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May 3, 2013

Rockport voters choose selectmen, alcohol sales Tuesday

ROCKPORT — Rockport voters will be faced with two key choices on their town ballots Tuesday — deciding which of two candidates will win a seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen, and whether, once and for all, a town grocery store should be able to sell beer and wine, if and when such a store opens in the months to come.

The only contested candidate race on the ballot is the selectmen’s race, where the lone seat up for election this year opened when selectwoman Frances Fleming said she would not be seeking re-election after accepting a new position with a religious institution.

The candidates are Don Campbell Jr., the internet sales director of the Pride Motor Group in Lynn, and Eliza Lucas co-owns the Bearskin Neck restaurant Top Dog with her husband Scott, in addition to be being a freelance media producer, primarily for the Bose Corporation.

Campbell’s wife is also a member of the Rockport Parent Teacher Organization, he had previously served as a reserve officer with the Rockport police department.

Both cited their professional lives as giving them a good background to step into town government.

Lucas said that, by working in a creative, collaborative environment, she is able to work well with others to answer tough questions.

“I’ve been a business owner in Rockport for 12 years,” she said. “I am available all the time.”

Campbell said some of his skills from his professional live include sound negotiation and identifying needs versus wants.

Campbell said he would not accept the health care offered with the seat, saving the town money; a question about which officials took the health plan came up during the previous town meeting.

Lucas said Thursday she was unsure if she would accept the plan offered by the town, but added her family does have a health insurance plan from a part-time employer.

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