James Blatchford, the Town Clerk for the Town of West Newbury Massachusetts. James is a graduate of Lawrence High School, after graduating went on to attend the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In 2008, James was appointed to a 5-year term on the Lawrence Planning Board and left UMass Lowell before completing his studies. James went on to work in politics: working on political campaigns and for political consulting firms, from Chicago to Boston and all-over New England, even getting elected himself to the Lawrence School Committee in 2011 serving from 2012 until 2016. James briefly served as a legislative aide at the Massachusetts State House before returning to university to complete his Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in History and Political Science in 2017.