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December 31, 2012

Our view: Salem voters deserve full discussion on council candidates

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Corchado, for example, is also a former councilor, representing Ward 1 from 2004 to 2007. She said her interest is more in filling the remainder of Lovely’s term than in running for re-election.

Sicuranza is the director of communications for the New England Police Benevolent Association and is also active with Go Out Loud, a Salem-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender initiative.

“This is very much a city on the rise,” he said last week. “If you want to talk about a demographic that’s not being represented ... I would like to be the voice of the people for a new generation. I mean that sincerely.”

Legault is well-known around Salem as the former fitness director at the Salem YMCA. He currently works as a personal fitness trainer and as a consultant to a group hoping to open a restaurant in the city.

Pinto, who served four years as councilor-at-large before being ousted in 2011, has been actively lobbying councilors to return him to the council.

“I enjoy being a city councilor,” he said. “I was born and raised in Salem. I miss it. I worked hard at it, I was very serious about it and enjoyed it.”

Pinto said his experience would allow him to “hit the ground running.”

That may be true, but it could also be said for Corchado. Sicuranza and Legault also have backgrounds that could prove useful in the months to come. That’s why the council needs to take their candidacies seriously.

It has been a little more than a year since citywide voters ousted Pinto, making it clear they wanted the council to move in a different direction. If some councilors are going to reject that vote, they need to offer a compelling reason why Thursday night.

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