2 open councilor at-large seats: Your chance to run, baby, run!

24 Apr

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Pssst …

Hey kid, over here. Yeah, you. Wanna run for councilor at-large? Now’s your chance.

Just don’t let all the insider political rump swabs know that I told you.

You see, they want a clear path for their boy, who we’ll call “Waldo,” who wants to take his “scary” political “talents” to the council after several years of doing damage on a different elected board.

This just in …

waldoWe have learned that there likely will be two open seats for councilor at-large in this fall’s city elections. One, State Rep Tom Walsh, you already knew about.

But now comes word that long-time Peabody pol Mike Garabedian is telling people he won’t run again.

Now, the “cool kids,” who think they run Peabody, don’t want anyone to know and are keeping this a secret so Waldo breezes to victory. In fact, we’re hearing that they’re trying to convince Garabedian not to announce his retirement until July, which would then limit the number of new candidates, since nomination papers with signatures are due back in late summer.

Here’s hoping now that we get multiple competitive candidates to run at-large. With two open seats, your odds of winning just went up dramatically. And, isn’t it time to break up Peabody’s good-ole-boy political establishment?  Haven’t these people already done enough damage?

If you run, give me a call and I’ll even find you some sign locations.

Or, encourage as many people as you know to pull papers. Please, I beg you. Keep our little berg from becoming the Kingdom of Moronica.

But remember … you didn’t hear it from. 🙂

6 Responses to “2 open councilor at-large seats: Your chance to run, baby, run!”

  1. anonymous April 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    That’s really sad Bob. I really hope the mayor and his friends wouldn’t conspire to do something that sneaky. He must think Rosssingnoll is weak and a good candidate might beat him. Also shame on Mike Garabedian for pulling such a stunt.

    • anon April 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

      I don’t think he views him as a weak candidate. They are buddies and he wants to make it as easy as possible for him because it will make good ol’ Ted’s job easier in the long run. As far as Garabedian goes, good riddance, he is a moron.

      As for Bob’s comment about the “cool kids”, he is right on the money and that is going to last as long as Ted is mayor. He’s lining everything up so he gets whatever he wants. Sound familiar?

  2. Super Voter April 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    There seems to be a race in 3 out of the 6 wards as well as at large. pmlp, and school committee. How about wards 1 and 2? Don’t you know that an elected official is most vulnerable after his or her first term?? As far as Demo goes, just leave him alone, he could trip and break every bone in his body by election time.

  3. Anonymous May 1, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    I read the fluff piece on Salem News regarding the updates to the races in Peabody and very disturbed that no one feels they can beat the Mayor. All he has done is spend our money and when he wants more he just raises taxes. Where is the effort for bringing in new streams of income for the city? The farm!?! Our biggest stream of taxes aka the mall is a limping and when Macy’s and Sear’s finally decide to call it quits in Peabody; we are all going to be wrecked. Businesses are leaving faster and faster to towns that border us. Lynnfield and now TJ Max to Middleton. This is city is going down fast and he is spinning how great he is with spending all our money with ZERO rate of return…

    The fact that he try’s to own the Middle School as a huge achievement that all started with the previous mayor and also has a board is laughable. The other laughable items that need to be mentioned is that he has not been able to get a true superintendent for the schools and he as the Mayor and Chair have not led the HS out of its level 3 status that turns the entire city into a level 3…Guess what AP courses to the max do not fix that!

    When the Salem News released all the salaries for the city, as always our city employees are doing almost 4 times the household avg in Peabody (btw the avg went down). How is the Chief of Police not being scrutinized for all the OT/details that are being paid above their base salary? I respect the police and fire for what they do but you cant tell me that someone that made over 75K in OT is effective in their normal shift…Maybe we need more officers to have a better control on spend. At least we know what they will need to budget for instead of asking for another million. The Mayor made some comment it had partially to do with Crystal Lake and honestly the project just got started and is moving at a snails pace.

    The other night the Mayor wanted to reduce the requirements for parking to make them more valuable. He should want to do the opposite to control these larger developments building more of those Avalon style apts. If they have low parking requirements they will build as high and wide as they can. He is turning Peabody more and more into a Lawrence and Lynn. The school system is going to be overwhelmed in the next few years if you see more and more of these units coming into play. The taxes generated on these buildings does not support the amount of money necessary to educate families with multiple children in these units.

    For someone that allegedly has all this power, why has he not been able to persuade business to come to Peabody? Why isn’t he partnering with Simon to help correct the outflow of the retail spaces in the mall. They are just throwing out liquor licenses to get restaurants to come but there is no real future thinking of what the city needs to survive…

    The city is in for a lot of hurt in the near future and the city doesn’t find someone that is going to be proactive and seek out businesses that want to invest in its future then our current Mayor will just continue to spend to make himself look good and take more of our taxes via property. Has anyone seen the actual bill for all these Centennial celebrations?

    • #ILoveThisCity May 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

      The true costs for the Centennial celebrations will never see the light of day. I bet the parade alone was over $250k (including the tidy sum paid to the organizer). I would love to see how much this stupid ball is going to cost. The one where the only attendees will be elected officials, their spouses/partners & wannabes.

  4. DottieV1 May 2, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Bet Levine will be there….. with his donations to the School Committee and his face right up the Mayor’s *%&

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