Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mayors, sharing a common cause

Swept into office with grass-roots campaigns stressing financial reform and change, Salem's Kim Driscoll and Gloucester's Carolyn Kirk know they share a lot in common.

Besides being the first women elected mayors in their cities, they're also self-described "working moms" who balance 60- to 70-hour workweeks with family.

While they run two of the oldest seaports in the country, their greatest asset - and similarity - they said, is their passion for balancing the budget, a skill that has become even more challenging as their cities brace for anticipated cuts in state aid.