Alfred Lattanzi officially announced his candidacy for Ward 6 City Council today, and launched a Facebook page that seeks feedback from Everett Residents.
“I’m encouraged by the early support I have received for this run and I’m looking forward to knocking on every voter’s door to hear their ideas and to ask for their vote,” said Lattanzi.
Al Lattanzi has been an integral part of the Everett community his entire life, through serving on various local boards and commissions. He has served on the Traffic Commission and the Board of Directors of the Everett Credit Union, first as Director then Treasurer. In 2009, he was elected to the Everett Charter Commission, which produced our current city charter that was then ratified by the voters in 2011. He is currently a member of the newly established Everett Redevelopment Authority and the owner of Everett Supply & True Value Hardware store on Main Street.
The councilor at large race with 11 candidates for 5 seats is arguably the most important developing political situation of the coming municipal election.
The Ward 6 race also tops the chart for importance for it links incumbent Mike McLaughlin and businessman Al Lattanzi in a political battle between two men who like one another.
Lattanzi is his own man. He is running, in part, to punish McLaughlin for questioning the mayor’s policies and especially the debacle at the Wellness Center.
What’s more, Lattanzi has the chance of winning.
Longtime political buffs believe McLaughlin has enough energy and friends to carry his seat, again. Some say he will send Lattanzi back to his Main Street hardware and supply business. Everything is being set up for this race to be a battle.
A modest slate of political hopefuls have pulled their papers for the upcoming municipal election. So far, only five candidates have been certified out of a field of 36 candidates for city councilor at large, ward councilor and for the school committee combined.
The councilor at large contest has set off a primary watch.
There are presently 11 candidates for 5 seats.
Only longtime councilor, the incumbent Mike Marchese and a newcomer, James Lavecchio have had their signatures certified.
One of the sticking points that has so far prevented Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox from paying the fines that are due on May 31 are highlighted beautifully in the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s seeking bids for an independent monitor to watch over Maddox and what he does.
The MGC is right now advertising for an independent monitor.
Without an independent monitor, the casino will not open.
A central finding of the commission’s investigation stated: “Over a course of years, a limited group of executives and employees in positions of authority at the Company, including in the legal division, were aware of certain allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Wynn involving employees, but they disregarded Company policies when it came to handling those allegations. The investigation also shows that in some instances particular Company executives, with assistance of outside counsel, were part of affirmative efforts to conceal allegations against Mr. Wynn. Their efforts at secrecy made it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for gaming regulators to detect potentially derogatory information through typical regulatory means.”
This is why as part of the MGC’s decision, Maddox must be followed around for the next 3 years.