Both Pinto and McCarthy said issues involving Ward 1 — the closure of the power plant, National Grid’s plans to replace high-voltage transmission lines and others — are prompting them to run for office.
“Ward 1 has a lot of issues right now, a lot of things going on, a lot of moving parts,” McCarthy said. “I feel that over the past six years, I’ve developed working relationships that put me in the right place at the right time to make the right decisions for all the constituents in my ward, to make sure all the projects move forward in the right way.”
Councilor-at-large Kevin Carr is the only incumbent — from the mayor to City Council and School Committee — who has decided not to run for re-election this year.
Candidates have until next Friday, July 26, to take out papers to run for office. Papers must be returned to the City Clerk’s office by Tuesday, July 30.
As of yesterday, City Councilors Todd Siegel (Ward 3), Josh Turiel (Ward 5) and Joseph O’Keefe (Ward 7) are running unopposed.
Jerry Ryan, the Ward 4 councilor and council president, has decided to run as an at-large councilor, along with at-large incumbents William Legault, Arthur Sargent and Thomas Furey. Newcomers Elaine Milo, Paulette Puleo and Norene Gachignard have also pulled papers for councilor-at-large.
With Ryan’s move to the at-large race, three people are seeking the Ward 4 seat: Gina Flynn, David Eppley and Sean O’Brien.
In Ward 2, Councilor Michael Sosnowski has one challenger: Heather Famico, niece of former City Councilor (1976-1989) Frances Grace and daughter of Don Famico, the city’s animal control officer.
Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey also has a challenger: Beth Gerard, a policy analyst who lives on Larchmont Road and works part-time at Pamplemousse on Essex Street.