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Opinion

October 31, 2013

Our view: Voting for change in Salem

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All three have our enthusiastic endorsement.

City council

Three hundred and two. That’s the number of votes it took for the Salem City Council to replace outgoing president Joan Lovely this January. It was a shameful performance that put the spotlight on a cabal of naysaying city councilors who seem to yearn for a return to the moribund days of yore.

No one wants to see the council become a rubber stamp for the Driscoll administration. What we would like to see, however, is a group interested in a positive approach to addressing the city’s problems and willing to take advantage of the promising opportunities that continue to present themselves.

Among those we would recommend for election to the City Council next week are Heather Famico (Ward 2), David Eppley (Ward 4), Elaine Milo (at-large) and Norene Gachignard (at-large, formerly of the school board).

In addition, we would strongly recommend the re-election of Ward 1 Councilor Robert McCarthy, whose courageous stand in opposition to an effort to stack the council against the mayor bought himself a stiff challenge from spurned aspirant Steve Pinto. Evidence of voters’ distaste for the obstructionist element came during last September’s preliminary election in the strong showing by newcomer Beth Gerard against veteran incumbent and Pinto ally Paul Prevey. We hope Gerard prevails on Nov. 5.

And for the other two at-large spots, we recommend the re-election of veteran Councilor Tom Furey and William Legault, who was eventually selected to fill the seat vacated by Lovely in January. Touted as a compromise candidate, Legault has shown an ability to work with all councilors. It’s a skill many of his colleagues have yet to learn.

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