By endorsing Councilor Capone’s mayoral candidacy, Councilor Adrien is drawing a line in the sand.
She has said that she will not endorse and could never endorse the current mayor for a wide variety of personal and political reasons.
Her endorsement of Capone puts an exclamation point to Adrien’s thinking about who ought to be the next mayor of Everett, and what might he be bringing to city hall?
The line in the sand she has drawn is between her and the mayor.
He can’t stand her. She wants no part of him.
Capone, on the other hand, is more of Adrien’s type of candidate.
He is honest. He has personal integrity. He keeps his word. He is careful, thoughtful, incisive and he is ever the thinking man’s lawyer about many things.
Capone’s perspectives on life vastly differ from the mayor’s. Adrien perceives the mayor as someone who does not care for her, not just because she is Black and successful, but because she’s , Black and successful.
Her voting bloc an important addition to his mayoral campaign
By JOSH RESNEK
Pledging allegiance to a new day that may alter the horizon in the hotly contested mayor’s race, Fred Capone has received and enthusiastically accepted the endorsement of Councilor Gerly Adrien in his bid to become the mayor of Everett.
Adrien’s endorsement is a huge score for Capone during a critical time when his momentum is palpable in a close election that will go down to the wire.
Adrien campaigning for Capone could likely turn the tide in this race.
She has a long reach in the city. She is an influencer. Thousands of people listen to her and believe in her.
Adrien, of course, finished third and out in the recent mayoral primary. However, her close relationship and knowledge of the Haitian community should be crucial as well as beneficial to Capone.
Her endorsement is a big deal in this race.
It is important and Capone welcomed it.
Adrien has a wide base of support throughout the city.
That support includes women, men, younger people, and nearly everyone who considers themselves part of the new Everett.
This is the second of two interviews with JOSH RESNEK
Q: The number of Blacks, Browns, and Hispanics working for the city amount to about 5% of the city workforce. What will you do to change the imbalance?
A: The diversity of our community is one of our biggest strengths and our city workforce should reflect that fact. That said, my hiring process would be open and impartial. Employment will be offered to the best-qualified individual and/or who would be the biggest asset to our city. Focus will be on what you know, not who you know. There will be a preference for Everett residents with an earnest effort made to better represent our diverse community.
Q: What kind of outreach and support for the Haitian community will mark a Fred Capone administration?
A: The Haitian community, as all our diverse groups, are valued members of our city. Rev. Myrlande DesRosiers, Director of the Everett Haitian Community Center, and Rev. Mimi Daniel of the North Shore Evangelical Missionary do amazing work within our community. I commend both organizations for their recent Haitian relief efforts. Under my administration, outreach and support will be the same for all groups within our community. Everett truly belongs to all of us. There will be open, honest communication with plenty of support for one another so that we can collaborate to make Everett the best community possible for every resident. I’m actually in the process of planning a multi-cultural meet and greet at our campaign headquarters.
Mayoral candidate Fred Capone said earlier this week that an audit of the city’s finances would be likely when he is elected mayor.
“Transparency at all levels of government is essential particularly when it comes to city finances,” he told the Leader Herald.
“It is crucial to have a thorough and accurate understanding of our city’s financial well-being in order to properly plan for the future. An overall municipal audit following proper accounting procedures seems appropriate. Depending on the findings, a forensic audit may be required,” he added.
There’s a lot of risk for the mayor with Fred Capone breathing down his back.
For his part, Capone is making a good run, the honest run, the decent man’s run against a misfit who has some how tied up the city to do his bidding and to keep mouths shut during his 14-year mayoralty.
The mayor has a noose around the city’s neck. It is tied especially taught around the necks of all those standing in line to climb the steps to the Carlo gallows, keeping their mouths shut about his depravity to save their jobs, lest the trap door should swing open and the condemned speed through it on their way to ruin at the end of a rope.
The Carlo DeMaria house of cards for city employees and all others who are perceived to be in his way provides for swift punishment for all those who do not toe the DeMaria line exactly, day to day, all the time.
This includes businessmen and women, all political opponents, leaders of local organizations, and with the mayor’s recent appointment to the School Committee, teachers and administrators will be fearing for their jobs should they step out of line.
The mayor’s control of city hall’s social, political, and economic apparatus precludes debates of any kind about policy, decisions made, and underhanded deals going down.