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Jesse Adams to run for third term on Northampton City Council

Jesse Adams, Councilor At-Large

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— At-Large City Councilor Jesse M. Adams will seek a third term on the council this fall.

The incumbent becomes the first person to announce his candidacy for one of the council’s two at-large seats, a position he’s held since 2009. The other at-large seat is currently held by William H. Dwight.

“Serving on the council is important, rewarding and difficult work,” Adams said in announcing his re-election bid late last month. “I value public service and hope to continue as an advocate for all the citizens of this city.”

The council recently selected Adams, 35, as its first-ever vice-president, a new position established under the city’s revamped charter. Adams said he is proud of his accomplishments this term, one of which included supporting the new charter that voters overwhelmingly approved last fall.

Since that passage, he has earned praise from fellow councilors for redrafting the council’s rules to be consistent with the new charter. He will also serve on a committee that reviews city ordinances to ensure the rules on the books comply with the new charter.

Adams, who lives at 187 Main St. and operates a law firm, is chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee and serves on four other boards, including the Ordinance Committee and public works and School Committee conference committees.

Looking ahead, Adams said his top concern is working to find ways to close the city’s budget deficit because “we need to keep our schools strong and continue the level of city services that people require and deserve.”

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