November 15th, 2016

relaxing with friends from our Sister City Tamano Japan

I am a lifelong resident of Gloucester and attended Gloucester Public Schools, graduating from Gloucester High School in 1963. I attended Bryant & Stratton Junior College of Business, in Boston, majoring in data processing, and received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Franklin Pierce College in 1987. I spent 25 years in the computer industry, as a programmer, salesman and regional manager of customer support. I have previously served two terms on the Gloucester City Council, serving on the Budget & Finance Committee, and as chairman for one term. For the last 17 years, I have been the Gloucester City Clerk and have run over 30 elections and served the city council, state and federal agencies, and the general public.


Government and public service have always been important to me.
I registered to vote on my 21st birthday (21 was the voting age then), and I’ve voted in every election but one primary, when I was out of state, unexpectedly. Before I got involved in elective office, I was a member of the Cape Ann Jaycees, Republican City Committee (later as chairman) and I supported a number of candidates, both partisan and non-partisan.

My wife and I raised two children, who attended Gloucester Public Schools, and both graduated from state colleges. Both have attained advanced degrees. Our daughter Cheri is an elementary school teacher, (and teaches dance part time) and has recently presented us with our first grandchild, Claire Elizabeth Spencer. Our son Bobby graduated law school and is a practicing attorney. He is now pursuing an MBA, and hopes to be a corporate attorney.

I am passionate about Gloucester, and am pleased that the voters have allowed me to continue to help make it a better place to live for all of us. I believe that I have learned a lot in my lifetime, especially in the last 17 years, in the clerk’s office. I listen, I think, and I act.
In the 70’s and early 80’s, I served two terms on the City Council, so I know what is required to do the job right. As a retiree, I have the time and I am willing to put in the required effort, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve my city.

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