Congrats to Mike McLaughlin

Councilor Mike McLaughlin’s re-election to a ward seat on the city council is another example of the city’s changing political landscape.

Because McLaughlin was not supported for re-election by the mayor and his cabal of city employees, cousins and paid supporters, it was taken for granted that he couldn’t win against the businessman first-timer Al Lattanzi.

Even Lattanzi had been persuaded by his best friend the mayor that he couldn’t lose.

Lattanzi campaigned hard. He spent some money. He went through all the motions and he got thoroughly beaten.

McLaughlin ran a high road campaign with no negativity.

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Council asking for executive session about alleged sign controversy an Absurdity

The city council voting to have an executive session of the Committee on Legislative Affairs as requested by Councilor Anthony DiPierro to get to the truth of a highly questionable and rather meaningless political sign incident, is an absurdity.

All of us with an ounce of common sense understand this an effort by DiPierro to ridicule and to humiliate Councilor Michael McLaughlin to satisfy DiPierro’s cousin the mayor.

DiPierro alleges McLaughlin, tore down several political signs in a fit of anger last July. The incident was apparently reported in October.

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The Line-Up

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By Josh Resnek

Here’s the Election Day line-up and some handicapping.

For City Council in Ward One I am predicting unequivocally that Fred Capone is going to be a big winner.

Obviously, he can’t do anything but win as the longtime councilor with aspirations for the future is running unopposed!

Ward Two pits former councilor Jason Marcus, who has been out of office for five years, in a last hurrah type of comeback effort against Stephanie Martins.

Martins has worked long and hard on this campaign and is looking for a win.

Marcus, too, has been stumping all over the city in an effort to come back home again to the council.

Ward Three empresario Anthony DiPierro, one of the busiest young men doing the mayor’s bidding in this city is a guarantee to win, I am predicting. He, too, is running unopposed.

Ward Four should be won by newcomer Jimmy Le, the real estate guy who is on the ballot by himself.

However, Le has a write-in candidate running against him.

Write ins are tough elections to win. I predict Le becomes the councilor.

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City Should Change Voting Law for Council Elections

The City of Everett needs to change its voting law governing how ward councilors are elected to public office.

The city must morph from the rather short sighted and foolish proposition that anything democratic is obtained by voting citywide to elect ward councilors as is currently the legal requirement.

The election of ward councilors should be entirely and exclusively a ward affair, geographically and politically.

Why?

Because this was always the fair way to elect ward councilors.

It is not fair to have citywide balloting for ward councilor races. What happens in Ward 6 has almost nothing whatsoever to do with what happens in Ward 1 and vice versa.

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Martins Kicks-Off Campaign For Ward 2 City Councilor Voted Citywide

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Stephanie Martins (center) alongside supporters at a recent campaign event. 

It was a full house at the 8/10 Bar and Grille on August 15, as the candidate for the vacated Ward 2 seat Stephanie Martins welcomed residents to her kick-off.

A number of elected officials, candidates, community leaders, teachers, seniors, and residents were present to show their support. Martins was introduced by longtime Everett business owner and former

Chamber of Commerce and Everett Kiwanis President David Larovere who praised Martins for her accomplishments and reaffirmed her potential as a new addition to the council.

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