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June 28, 2013

Benton: Good showing by Gomez

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In that case he might want to change his slogan to “NIMBYs First.”

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Over in Peabody, one who was there tells me that Tom Walsh, who has been out of politics for many years, had a large and enthusiastic turnout for his recent fundraiser at Toscana’s. Walsh, who once represented the city on Beacon Hill, would be a fine replacement for Jim Liacos, who is not running for re-election after many years serving the city on the school board and as councilor-at-large.

Also vying for the five at-large seats on the council are Liacos’ four fellow incumbents and newcomers Scott Frasca and Margaret Tierney.

Meanwhile, Ward 3 Councilor Rico Mello’s decision not to seek re-election, along with the formidable challenge being mounted against Ward 2 representative Arthur Athas by Peter McGinn, could put a big dent in the Leather City’s NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) cabal.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt, who thus far seems destined for a free ride this November, ought to be seeking qualified candidates for Mello’s seat not named Dick Jarvis.

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In case you were wondering what Bill Hudak is up to these days (and who wouldn’t be?):

The Boxford Republican who ran against U.S. Rep. John Tierney three years ago is on YouTube touting what he himself calls “a worldwide legal pyramid” that he claims can make your dreams of financial security come true.

All you have to do is get two people to buy into the scheme and click your heels twice … something like that.

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