Campaign volunteers seeking signatures for nominations flooding the city
By JOSH RESNEK
The summer has hit the big time with temperatures in the 90’s Sunday and Monday, with thousands flocking to area beaches or staying inside with air conditioners blasting cold air trying to beat down the heat.
Usually, the arrival of summer slows down political maneuvering.
Not this season.
Political interest is soaring as more and more candidates sign up to run.
Forty-eight candidates have announced their candidacies as of Tuesday afternoon.
Of those candidates, all 48 who have taken out nomination papers are actively collecting signatures.
Mayoral candidate Gerly Adrien, Councilor at Large Mike Marchese, and Ward 4 Councilor Jimmy Tri Le remain the only candidates to have had their signatures certified by the Election Commission.
The Everett city council at-large race is taking on the appearance of a Kentucky Derby with 11 candidates so far taking out papers for a seat.
Five at large seats are up for grabs.
At-large councilors, Gerly Adrien, who is running for mayor, and Wayne Matewsky, will be stepping aside.
Matewsky has announced he will be running in Ward 1.
Three longtime candidates for re-election are not assured seats.
Re-elections are not guaranteed.
However, John Hanlon, Mike Marchese, and Richard Dell Isola, Jr. must be considered odds on favorites to maintain their positions because of their popularity, favorability, and widespread name recognition.
Councilor Mike McLaughlin is coming out of the same starting gate with a good position.
He has told the Leader Herald he will be taking out papers for an at-large run.
McLaughlin’s election is not assured but he has shown citywide strength in recent council contests and is expected to do the same if he runs at large.
Ward 6 Councilor Mike McLaughlin is going for an at-large council seat.
The popular councilor told the Leader Herald he will be running at large, keeping with the spirit of his belief that he wants to help people in all the wards.
“When the legislature signed into law the charter change regarding how we elect councilors in Everett, I made my decision. I want to continue serving the community as a whole. I want to continue moving the city for- ward in a positive direction as a bridge-builder with everyone including the schools, city hall, business owners, and residents. Everyone in this city has a seat at my table at city hall,” he said.
His decision to go at large set off a contest between Ward 6 local businessman and friend of the mayor, Al Lattanzi, and widely known local Ward 6 resident Ross Pietrantonio.
Anthony DiPierro has officially announced his intention to seek another term as Everett’s Ward 3 City Councilor. DiPierro made the official announcement on Facebook this past Sunday evening. Nomination papers will become available at 8:00 AM next Monday, May 17th at which time DiPierro will take out papers for re-election.
“I am so grateful for the trust and confidence the voters of Everett have placed in me over my first few terms in office,” DiPierro said. “I’ve worked hard to be your voice of reason on the City Council, and I look forward to ensuring your needs continue to be met by City Hall,” he added.
DiPierro is a lifelong Everett resident and graduated from Everett High School in 2013. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University in American Government & Politics. He was first elected in 2015 and currently serves as Council President Pro-Tempore, Chair of the Legislative Affairs & Elections Committee, and a member of Ways & Means. Outside of city government, DiPierro works as an Insurance Professional at Sabatino Insurance Agency on Broadway in Everett.