Bruce L. Vogel

for City Councilor At Large

Tuesday November 3rd!

“A politician thinks of the next election.
A statesman, of the next generation”
James Freeman Clarke
Bruce Vogel
Enjoy these current videos: 2017 City Council Candidate forum (Ward 4 is first, Councillor At Large follows)
Final Mayoral forum
Port Follies (I am the third act)


Generally, I am liberal-minded and in favor of the betterment for all; though in fiscal matters I tend to be a little on the conservative side.

Every community, Newburyport included, faces financial challenges – as a City Councilor, my responsibility to approve expenditures. It is also my responsibility to see that our service professionals, city employees and school teachers are properly and fairly paid. As a union representative for TWA flight attendants, my understanding and perspective on the need to negotiate towards sustainable goals is extremely helpful to the process.

That union experience blended with life experience drives me to settle issues by reaching consensus through dialogue as opposed to “winning” via debate. When one side “wins,” the other side “loses” – my preference is to find common ground. This is a healthy attitude my presence brings to the council.

On Governing and Government

Serving on the City Council is an honor and a position to be taken seriously.

Taking on the responsibility to work toward consensus breeds ownership of the process; ownership drives responsibility and the desire to “get it done.”

We can move Newburyport forward when government aligns and collaborates on goals and a “game plan.”

By being well-informed on the issues, listening carefully to the ideas and concerns of other city officials and constituents, a City Councilor should work on the behalf of the community – not on behalf one’s self.

The Newburyport City Council is charged with three duties:

The mayor is the “chief executive officer” of the city. A CEO is defined as “The highest-ranking executive in a company or organization, responsible for carrying out the policies of the board of directors on a day-to-day basis.”

Newburyport’s “board” is the other 16 elected officials; eleven councilors and five school committee members.

All 17 elected officials are the eyes, ears, and voice of the community and by being so, share in the responsibility of keeping Newburyport a great community.

During my four terms on council (‘04 - ’07, ‘14 - ’15, ’16 – ’17)) my attendance at City Council is 99% (I was sick for a September meeting and missed the shortest meeting of the year!).

Being a City Councillor is interesting, very often challenging, sometimes frustrating, occasionally lighthearted work that is always rewarding.