Councilor Wayne Matewsky said the way Everett elects its ward councilors under the present City Charter is undemocratic, a statement that drew the positive interest of many of his colleagues Monday night at city hall.
Matewsky’s plea for the city council to change how ward councilors are presently elected with a citywide vote to how it was done in the past, with only at-large candidates standing for election by a citywide vote, is considered sensible by most of the council and by voters in general.
The nuance is a wide divide, according to discussions among the councilors and for the city solicitor, who said she was awaiting comments and legal guidance from outside counsel as well as the Attorney General’s office about whether or not the city can return to voting for ward councilors with a ward only vote.
How to do it, if legal and right, is the rub, according to the city solicitor.
Because of the city solicitor’s caution, Matewsky’s motion was put off for a month for the city solicitor to receive the guidance she needs to make a legal and just rendering to the council on the matter.
“If you live in the ward and run for the seat, you should live in the ward and be elected by the voters in the ward,” Matewsky argued.
With the results of the recent municipal election comes the new configuration of what works, what might work and what might not work at all.
Let’s start at the top.
Councilor Fred Capone has his eyes on the mayor’s office.
Whether he wants to publicly admit to this or not, his thinking, according to those who know him best, has him running against the mayor in a little less than two years.
Capone’s way of looking at it – whether he wins or loses – is that this is his time to make a move.
After many years on the council, his time has arrived.
His huge vote count in the election proves his citywide popularity and viability.
Standing in the way of this is the mayor.
The mayor just suffered through a dreary municipal election where every one of the candidates he aided or supported outright lost. His stranglehold on the political community has cracked. The damage is evident. He knows it.
His supporters know it. He is facing a brave new world.
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.