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Today’s Lowell Sun “The Column” had a brief mention that Lowell School Committee member Jim Leary may not run for reelection next year. That piece of information is believable. Jim and his wife have just adopted a baby boy; he is self-employed and his demanding career that requires a lot of traveling.
However, I do not believe the comment by a “some political insiders” who whispered to the Sun that “it is more likely because he [Leary] has lost political allies and isn’t getting his way on the committee.”
My guess is that those “insiders” are the so-called former political “allies.” (As the going goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies?) I have met and spoken to Jim on a number of occasions. He fully understands the fine art of political compromise and believe me he is not afraid of being a lone wolf on any issue.
I hope Jim reconsiders but we fully understand that family comes first. Given the financial burden and time restraints on elected officials, anyone who is not retired, self-employed in the City, independently wealthy or has a partner who is supportive will not be able to serve. This is not good.
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