When I came right out and said vote for Tom Salemi, I wasn't intending to "diss" the other candidates that I know ... I was referring to those 5 people specifically ... (see below for more about that).
So while I'm not that much into endorsements, I'll say that I also am quite familiar with Steve Cole and Bruce Menin from their work on the School Committee.
I think either or both of these guys would also work diligently on this endeavor and probably are not going into this with an "agenda," at least one that I would not like. Nearly everyone has an agenda of some sorts; it's human nature.
That's the criticism I'm hearing, by the way - that a lot of the people are going into this with an agenda. And that's why I think that it probably was not the best idea for those 5 to go to an event that was not inclusive and was hosted by the wife of a candidate for mayor, however prominent she is in her own right.
Other candidates I "know" (aside from Olga MacFarlane, who I really only know a bit; like Steve Cole, she is a native -of sorts, having grown up at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury):
I know Bruce Vogel slightly, I know Sheila Mullins slightly ... I know Jim Stiles maybe a little better ... I met Kathleen Bailey 2 years ago at a Yankee Homecoming planning meeting that I was covering for the Current ... I've interviewed Hugh Kelleher over the phone but I've never met him ... and I met Bruce Brown a few weeks ago when he was campaigning for his son out here on the island (I talked to him for 3 minutes, tops, since he was more asking me for some guidance on finding addresses he was looking for and less trying to engage me in meaningful discourse).
So (wow) there are 9 people who are running for Charter Commission that I have met, if I include Olga, and a 10th one I've only talked to on the phone. I have no complaints to report about any of them.
In this instance, I think that people who have lived here longer than I, have the advantage over me.
I like to observe people, their actions (which I do believe speak louder than words) and form my own opinion. I have just not observed, much less spoken to, most of these 20 people.
It's not that I'm not interested - it's more that I have had a conflict with every "meet and greet" that has been organized to introduce them to the public. I really think it's a disservice to the community that there was not some formal, organized event that was taped for cable access, with them speaking and/or answering questions.
Having said all that - I think the fact that we have 20 people willing to commit to that much time by serving on this commission is extraordinary and wonderful. Even if every one of them has an agenda, it is an act of self-sacrifice on behalf of their community that I think should be rung from every quarter.
Welch poet on fire at Actors Studio.
3 days ago