Peabody Republican Greg Bunn formally announced his candidacy for the 12th Essex District seat in the Mass. House of Representatives earlier this week.
Bunn said in a press release that he turned in more than 500 signatures at the City Clerk's office on Thursday.
“I am running to foster a more competitive environment for businesses both large and small to get the nearly 1,700 Peabody residents currently out of work back on their feet,” said Bunn in a statement. “By providing individuals the opportunity to work, we strengthen families and create healthier, safer communities.”
Bunn touts lengthy experience in the public sector and managing the North Shore Career Centers in Salem, Lynn and Gloucester, along with providing business services to local employers.
He says his primary focus will be bringing new businesses to Peabody and increasing local job opportunities, along with supporting residents facing long-term unemployment.
As for tax revenues, Bunn says the state needs to focus spending as effectively and efficiently as possible before “taking more hard earned money from Peabody’s working families.”
“Peabody is great because of our refusal to conform to any formula,” he said. “We are independent, and that is how I will represent our city.”
Bunn will kick off his campaign Jan. 28 at the Sylvan Street Grille.