Three pull nomination papers for vacated ward seat
Voter turnout would typically be a problem for a special election in the middle of summer, but the race to replace Al Fiore as Ward 5 City Councillor on July 19 is already shaping up to be a competitive one. Former Ward 5 Councillor John Powers, former Councillor-at-Large Linda “Santos” Rosa and Ron Clark, who ran against Fiore and Powers last year, have all taken out nomination papers for the seat.
Earlier this month, Fiore resigned from the City Council due to medical issues, setting up the Special Election. Nomination papers became available on Tuesday, and potential candidates have until June 7 at 5:00 p.m. to file the papers with the Election Department for certification. There will be no primary, with the top vote-getter of all certified candidates on Tuesday, July 19 earning the right to fill out the remainder of Fiore’s term.
Powers was the longtime Ward 5 councillor before losing to Fiore last fall. Powers, when reached by phone on Thursday, stated, “I certainly have the experience and the accomplishments.”
Clark is a lifelong Point of Pines resident and served as commodore of the Point of Pines Yacht Club for nine years.
“Santos” Rosa was a city councillor for six years and on the school committee for four years. She was the first woman elected citywide to the council in Revere’s history.
The last day residents who are not registered to vote can register to vote in the Special Election is Wednesday, June 29, by 8:00 p.m.
Political insiders believe the voter turnout will be low given the timing of the Special Election in July.