Proof is in the numbers

SEPTEMBER 27: Fred and Michele Capone along with supporters hold Capone for Mayor signs as the election shifts to Nov 2 finale. (Contributed photo)

On September 21, 2021, Primary Day, Everett voters demonstrated that they want change. That day over 6,300 votes were tallied. The mayor received 2,883 votes, but his two challengers received 3,452 votes.

A desire for change is in the air!

As I campaign across our city, many people have told me that 14 YEARS IN OFFICE for any mayor is more than long enough; that it is TIME FOR SOMEONE NEW.

Residents have expressed concern with current taxation despite significant casino revenue. Many supported the casino with the understanding that taxes would come down and now feel betrayed that it hasn’t happened. Concern was expressed that we need to better fund education and provide more opportunities for our students.

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The voters have spoken

Primary day “I Voted” stickers. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Voters are the ultimate jurors who deliver the ultimate verdict on our elected public officials.

Last week, 56% of Everett’s 6,300 voters did not vote for the mayor.

They voted against him, stunningly so in fact.

What they voted against is the mayor of Everett acting with impudence as a corrupt municipal leader.

They voted against the mayor signing a proffer agreement with the US Attorney’s office that allows him to operate as long as he provides information to the FBI.

Voters do not suppose he offered the FBI information about himself coercing and threatening the city clerk to pay him $96,000 recently.

They took notice of his threats to remove the city clerk and to ruin his life if he didn’t pay.

Voters do not and did not approve of the mayor receiving a $40,000 a year longevity package when he is supposed to receive only $10,000 a year.

Voters gave Gerly Adrien fully one-quarter of the total vote because Black, Brown, and Hispanic voters know the mayor does not care for them, does not advocate for them, and does not hire them to work in city employment.

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Thoughts about the Council

When Fred Capone asked his colleagues on the council to consider his motion to strip the mayor’s longevity payment of $40,000 Monday night at city hall, the reaction of most of his colleagues on the council was something to behold.

In a frenzied instant, Capone’s measure was given the rough equivalent of ridicule and contempt by the majority of his colleagues who basically support the mayor and his wishes and whims.

In this case, 6 out of 9 of Capone’s colleagues opted to bury the issue for weeks in committee rather than to discuss the reality of the situation, which is, the mayor is receiving four times what he should receive for a longevity payment.

Councilor Anthony DiPierro, who would jump off a rooftop if his cousin the mayor told him to do so, was first to urge his colleagues to bury this issue – an issue that is of more than passing interest to many taxpayers wondering how such a situation is allowed to exist.

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Surprises in Primary voting trends

New voters cast ballots, but new, younger residents not getting involved yet

By LEADER STAFF

A breakdown of the 6,300 who voted in last Tuesday’s primary reveals that 45% of those voters did not vote in 2019.

In addition, 2,000 primary votes were cast by voters who never voted before.

In other words, new voters who came out for the first time as a category scored a figure that dwarfed all expectations from those who follow vote totals in this city.

A further breakdown of the vote that came out by age is a mind boggler, or at the very least, an eye-brow raiser.

Somewhere between 4%- 9% of the vote was made by men and women between the ages of 18-24.

This proves that younger people by the widest margin, take little to no interest in local politics or at least take little to no interest in this primary.

Voters aged 25-34 also showed minor interest in the primary. About 630 voters in that age group voted last Tuesday.

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