The political infighting and intrigue are intensifying.
Fred Capone and the mayor have never worked as hard at an election as this one.
The mayor cannot afford to lose.
He has been irascible and uptight since scoring the weakest vote in his political life.
Gaining only 45% of the vote in the primary indicates the mayor’s favorability has tanked and is continuing to tank.
The mayor has acted accordingly, veering dangerously from a campaign strategy dedicated to having him act and appear like a leader of the people and to not be come involved in fighting or answering of any kind.
He is spending enormous amounts of money from his campaign account to ensure a victory.
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.
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.
Adrien endorsement seen as critical in 5-week marathon, 56% of voters voted for challengers
By JOSH RESNEK
The mayor came in first, but his performance was the worst of his political career.
His vote revealed fundamental weaknesses as 56% of Everett voters did not vote for him. They voted for Fred Capone and Gerly Adrien.
Capone’s second-place finish leaves him 900 votes away from the mayor. His outing revealed he did not get out the vote he is capable of.
Adrien’s third-place finish with nearly 1500 votes is the equalizer – a disappointment for her – but as important a vote total to potentially come to his side as Capone could ever imagine.
How to bridge the 900 vote gap between the mayor and Capone, and how to woo, at the same time, Adrien’s 1,500 to his side is part of the political magic that must be conjured up to achieve that end for Capone to win and for the mayor to lose.
Other key questions remain following the primary.
Will Adrien endorse Capone?
Is Capone up for the uphill battle?
How and by what measures will the mayor energize his campaign?