Adrien tops at-large, McLaughlin hammers Lattanzi, Martins beats Marcus, Tri Le buries mayor’s write-in, Capone scores biggest vote Unopposed

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(Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

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By Josh Resnek

Gerly Adrien scored a stunning victory, topping the ticket in the at-large race becoming the first woman of color and ethnicity to serve on the city council.

Adrien, who is Haitian, ran a highly organized disciplined campaign and was aided by professional organizers and a cabal of Everett supporters.

Her election and topping of the ticket is an eye-raiser for the mayor.

Another eye raiser – a certain sign of a changing political landscape – is the drubbing Councilor Mike McLaughlin gave to the mayor’s friend and closest supporter, businessman Al Lattanzi.

The mayor invested heavy political capital in Lattanzi’s race, which seemed headed for a victory except for McLaughlin’s dogged grass roots campaigning from door to door.

The mayor’s help in this instance was thoroughly rejected by voters with Lattanzi’s drubbing. Continue reading Adrien tops at-large, McLaughlin hammers Lattanzi, Martins beats Marcus, Tri Le buries mayor’s write-in, Capone scores biggest vote Unopposed

Looking at Politics

One Week to Go

By Josh Resnek

With just a week to go before Everett goes to the polls for this year’s municipal election, nearly everyone running is into their bit of hustle and bustle as Election Day looms on the horizon.

The key race in the city this time around is the Mike McLaughlin-Al Lattanzi contest for Ward 6 supremacy.

McLaughlin, the incumbent, has taken the high road by his own admission.

There hasn’t been an ounce of negativity out of him for his opponent.

McLaughlin has gone door to door throughout the city several times trying to advance his message of independence from the mayor and his basic honesty as a human being not trying to get rich off the backs of taxpayers.

Many of us believed he should have been attacking Lattanzi for getting rich off the city with his business and his relations who have significant city jobs.

His wife works for the mayor. His son the lawyer works for the city and may become the mayor’s chief of staff and Lattanzi himself will be working for the city if he is elected. His hard ware business takes in large sums of money from city business.

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Adrien councilor at large campaign peaking at just the right Time

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Council candidate Adrien Gerly (Left) in Everett Sunday shown with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.

By Josh Resnek

Gerly Adrien’s councilor at large campaign received a major boost Sunday afternoon when Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley came to Everett and endorsed her.

Pressley represents Everett.

Adrien packed the Kryol Restaurant on one of the worst days of the year.

With heavy rain and high winds whipping up a nasty storm outside, Adrien threw a campaign party attended by about 120 people undaunted by the weather, nearly all of them from Everett.

Pressley, 45, one of the most outspoken liberal members of Congress, arrived at the restaurant with a congressional aid about 3 p.m.

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Looking at Politics

Coming Down to the Wire

By Josh Resnek

Two weeks to go before the big finale – Election Day.

The political hustle intensifies, like a pot boiling with water all the political energy is now turning to steam as last ditch efforts come to the fore.

In the most highly contested election bid by first timer businessman Al Lattanzi and his friend the mayor, efforts to defeat incumbent Councilor at Large Mike McLaughlin have reached a frenzy of sorts.

Lattanzi is showing a growing sense of desperation charging McLaughlin with the destruction of his political signs last week.

The charges grew out of questionable assertions made about events that happened last July that were reported by another publication last week.

For his part, McLaughlin hasn’t so much as said a negative word about his opponent and has taken the high road during the campaign from its start.

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The Sign War Silliness

There is not a politician in this city running for election who has not had his signs torn down by opponents or their overzealous supporters in the hope of making their political bid for public office successful.

No one in the history of this city has put up more signs than former rep and present Councilor at Large Wayne Matewsky.

And there is no political candidate in this city who has had more signs torn down or ripped to shreds than Matewsky.

Ask Matewsky and he will tell everyone: “It goes with the territory.” Indeed.

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