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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Congressman's Son, A Progressive Democrat, and the wife of a Former Alderman...

...are all included in rumors swirling about who is running for elected positions in the city.


So far, Michael Capuano Jr is rumored to be running for Alderman-at-large as is former mayoral candidate and current Progressive Democrat, Suzanne Bremer and former Dot Gay employee, Sean Fitzgerald. Mike and Sean's name have been included in Ward 5 Online's discussion about the political landscape come November 2011, but Suzanne is a newcomer to the rumor mill. Welcome, Suzanne! The only Ward 5 rumor surrounds Teri Swartzel of SOMESENSE fame. Rumor has it that she will challenge Alderman Sean O'Donovan.

In other Ward news, Joan Puglia (wife of former alderman Andy Puglia) is rumored to be running for Ward 7 alderman against Bob Trane.

The plot thickens...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the rumor mill, Courtney! Any sense on the viability of any of these rumored candidates?

Courtney O'Keefe said...

Hi, Anonymous...

All of the Alderman-At-Large candidates can compliment the Board of Alderman in their own way. All are smart, motivated, and politically involved from different platforms. There is a cohesiveness, however, with the current Board that have a lot of residents both worried and comfortable...depends on who you ask. Either way, it will be an interesting election year.

I'm not looking too closely at the Ward 7 race as it doesn't involve me, but what I do know is that the ward is changing with buyable property increasing-pushing students out. Purchasing vs renting has always meant more voters for candidates to go after, so this could be a demographic change choice come November.

Anonymous said...

Joan is also the daughter of a former alderman, Walter Whitney. She is has deep roots in this City and has worked at Tufts University for almost 30 years. She is definitely no-nonsense. Will be interesting to see what happens in Ward 7 and the At-Large races.

Anonymous said...

Boston Globe is reporting that a Katjana Ballantine is running for Ward 7.

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/somerville/2011/03/ballantyne_announces_candidacy.html

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Joan Puglia live in New Hampshire??

When her husband Andy, spoke before the Board of Alderman---supporting his son-in-law, John O'Brien, as a candidate passed-over to be a Somerville firefighter; I thought Andy stated he came down from New Hampshire to vocalize his "dismay" with the process that "skipped" over his son-in-law as being appointed as a firefighter in Somerville.

Anonymous said...

Katjana is running. She released her statement and went live with her website yesterday. Joan definitely lives in Somerville, as does Andy and their son-in-law, Sean O'Brien.

James1 said...

Maybe Andy Puglia has a vacation house in New Hampshire that he "came down" from? As in, "I left my vacation and came all the way down here to tell you this because it's so important to me."

I have no idea but I also don't have a reason to believe they don't live in Somerville.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm going to leave this on all the "Being Discussed" links:

Walter is out. Who do you like in 4?

Anonymous said...

Joan lives in Somerville. Works at Tufts.

Anonymous said...

I'm posting this on all three too...

Who do you like in 4? Tough choice there as both candidates would do well.

Barry Rafkind said...

Learn more about Joan Puglia at http://JoanForWard7.org