The mayor will do much to defend his position in the coming months.
Everything his paid city hall staff is doing is exquisitely designed to promote the mayor as the city’s boss and king.
He can point to new parks and several which have been redone twice.
The painted bicycle and bus lanes adorning the street give the city a modern look and feel.
He can take pride in being a transportation wonk. He wants Everett’s new thousands of residents to take buses or to ride bicycles rather than to own cars and try to park them.
The many can point to many, many things he has accomplished.
The casino would be number one among them if it were not for persistent remnants of the licensing process floating about in political circles indicating strongly that the mayor may have charged a fee to get Wynn the former Monsanto land and the license.
Such a rumor, or if it is, in fact, a truth as asserted in court documents, is a black eye for the mayor.
The mayor is said to be fearing a run by Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien.
Let’s put this aside for a moment.
Councilor Fred Capone is ready to announce.
He has been quietly putting together a campaign. Capone is a lawyer. His wife is a lawyer. He is successful at what he does as a lawyer. The same can be said about his wife. He is also a real estate owner throughout the city.
Capone doesn’t want to be mayor to make money.
He already has his own money.
He’s got two kids in college.
After serving a long time in public office, he believes this is his moment.
He’s got it in his mind to run and to win the corner office at city hall against all odds.
He understands the mayor is a formidable candidate.