The blog has taken on many different shapes in the past 6 years. Starting as a commentary on loft living in a rather empty downtown, it grew into a commentary on what I was learning about how messed up our city government seemed to be. That mess went all the way to the top seat and this blog soon became a very politically charged resource for challengers of Chip Clancy, namely Judith Flanagan Kennedy. Over the past year or so, we've been insanely focused on downtown activity and producing art in DTL. So much so, that the blog has taken a back seat to rehearsals, productions, etc.
Once again, we find ourselves amidst a very important election. We are faced with choices for Councilor-at-Large this year on November 8th at the ballot box as well as School Committee. Time for the blog to get political for a month or so. My apologies to those who hate it when it gets this way. I can't wait for the hate mail. That's always the most fun.
I witnessed the largest travesty in Lynn voting two years ago when this city failed to elect Eugene Schneeberg to City Council. Eugene had intelligence, passion, and experience working with the youth of this city. Eugene, however, didn't have a last name that screamed "LYNN" to everyone at the polls. We therefore found ourselves at City Hall on inauguration day staring at a panel of middle-aged white men once again. Eugene is now working with the U.S. Department of Justice and advisors to the President in Washington, D.C.
We are now in 2011 and have another chance. Another chance to not only better reflect the face of Lynn in our city government but bring in a leader with the experience and passion to make an actual difference. That leader is Hong Net. If you haven't yet done so, please read Hong Net's responses to the 3 questions from downtownlynn.com.
Hong Net has a great platform, fantastic ideas, and through his campaign and current work as a child support enforcement officer, he has shown that he has the energy and follow-through to really make a difference. His experience is exactly what we need. I hope in this year's election you will consider filling in the circle next to Hong Net.
This year I'm only giving you one more name to remember. Dan Cahill. Two names, Hong Net and Dan Cahil. Yes, you can vote for four, but don't.
As many of my readers know, I have grown to really respect Dan Cahill. He is currently serving as Councilor-at-Large and seems to me to also be a bit of an outsider. He doesn't have family members riddled throughout city hall and various other departments. He doesn't just go along with whatever the council president wants and he is often seen in the Downtown area supporting our local restaurants and attends all of the many Downtown events. More than I can say for any other candidate. Dan is very experienced with city finance, government policy, and the state's involvement in our city politics. He is often the voice of reason in council session and is always questioning what we all wish someone would question. Without Dan Cahill, I fear what we would have seen coming out of the council this past year. Whether we are overreacting (Adult Entertianment / Dog Muzzles) or under reacting (Parking Department, City Budget), he is always keeping the council in check. He really should be the council president and I hope he runs again this year for that spot.
Buzzy Barton and Tim Phelan seem to be shoe ins. The other two need to be Hong Net and Dan Cahill, period.
Please vote on November 8th and as always, don't take my word for it. Watch the debates on lynnhappens.com and make up your own mind. If you decide to be lazy though, that's ok - just remember two names: Hong Net and Dan Cahill.
VOTE VOTE VOTE - If you want change, it's the only way you're going to get it!