Panarese seeks City Councilor-at-Large seat

ALLEN PANARESE

Vote for Allen Panarese, number 8 on the November 2nd ballot for City Councilor-at-Large voted citywide. It will be a great privilege to continue serving my community and help the challenges our city is now facing as it continues to grow. The future of Everett lies in the hands of a community that continues to work together for a better Everett and together, we as a community, can accomplish this. I want to ensure that Everett remains a community that people still feel safe and have a voice. With my 20 years of experience as a member of the Everett School Committee, I can help the council better understand the needs of our schools. I have always said, “the city that takes care of their children ensures those children will come back and take care of their city”.

Lifelong resident of Ward One, graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1974.

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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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School Committee at-Large field still unsettled

By LEADER STAFF

Cynthia Sarnie rocked and rolled to an extraordinary ticket topping of 2,562 votes in School Committee At Large balloting last week.

Sarnie’s total dwarfed those of the top finishers in the contest.

Three At Large seats are up for grabs.

Sarnie certainly appears poised to retain her seat.

“I am extremely pleased,” Sarnie told the Leader Herald on primary night at city hall.

Samantha Lambert scored a solid finish in second place with 1,745 votes.

Lambert has shown herself to be popular with parents of EPS children as well as teachers.

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Ward 6 School Committee whittled to two candidates

Catherine Hicks will be facing Mike McLaughlin for the prize Ward 6 School Committee seat in November following Tuesday balloting.

Longtime School Committeeman Thomas Abruzzese did not make the cut in this hotly contested battle for the Ward 6 seat.

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Vivian Nguyen Announces Run for Ward 5 City Council


Hi! My name is Vivian Nguyen and I wanted to introduce myself as the candidate for Ward 5 City Council. Like many others in Everett, I’m a child of immigrants and refugees who came to America for a better life. For all the places they could have ended up, it was fitting that they moved to Everett. I have only lived in Everett, Massachusetts but the unique culture I was raised with is deeply ingrained in my identity. As a child of immigrants/refugees who grew up low income, I was motivated to run because of personal experiences of not feeling represented in my personal life and in the political world. And as an Asian-American who comes from a family that experienced political intimidation in their home country, it’s important for me to help give unheard voices a platform. I know what it’s like to not always be included in the narrative and my intentions involve running to advocate for the underrepresented and next generation of Everett.

Although this is just the beginning of my political career, I have always been politically active and an active member of my community. I have a strong background in journalism, and in the past have used my platform to advocate for myself and others. From writing for my school newspaper to writing for a paper that was distributed at a state-wide level, I worked my way up from answering minor questions my classmates wondered about to covering major issues like my high school’s discriminating hair policy and being a catalyst for “controversial” conversations. By covering bill hearings, I was exposed to issues that did not affect me, which inspired me to be the voice of the underrepresented. Through reporting, I learned my voice is important and it has been a vital part of me since.

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