Robert DeBerardinis, Ward 6 challenger
Mr. Kinnon who do you represent? You are founder and on the board of trustees of the charter school, and ward 6 city councilor. You constructed a Dog Park in Trafton Park to keep the charter field clean. More than 12 HOMES signed a petition against the Dog Park. You wouldn’t discuss it. Is this how you address citizen’s concerns?
John Robillard, Ward 6 challenger
Based on our current meals tax, Malden is pursuing bonds to cover the cost of some 10 projects. Some of these projects are renovating MacDonald Stadium, South Broadway and Pine Banks Parks etc. I know there are grant moneys involved along with other sources but doesn’t this proposal seem somewhat ambitious based on revenue from a .0075% meals tax?
Neil Kinnon, Ward 6 incumbent
Twelve million dollars of bonding was authorized this year for capital projects citywide. Over eight million will benefit Ward Six; High Rock Acquisition, South Broadway Park Renovation, Hanover Area drainage solution, and Bike to the Sea which will clean up the railroad tracks. My opponents have stated they would revisit the bonding. Which project(s) would they cut or revisit?
Now lets look at the views of these three. One is different from the rest.
Robert seems to have always had an issue with the dog park. Rumor has it that if the dog park was not put in, a sober house would have been built on that land. I would rather put up with a dog park IMO. But is that all you have to run on? 12 homes signed a petition against the dog park. Ward 6 has more issues then a dog park, and I am not sure he understands this. Ward 6 goes beyond the 12 homes. A lot goes on in ward 6, but he has his anger focused across the street at that darn park.
This is why he will be the first to go in the primary.
John seems to have made his platform on "The Meals Tax". A tax that many cities around us have adopted. Now keep in mind...IT IS 75 CENTS TO EVERY $100. If you go out to eat and spend $100 I do not think 75 cents will break the bank. And if you want to travel outside the city to eat, that is fine. But do you think you are saving money. 75 Cents worth of gas will not get you out of Malden. Now some might do it out of spite,and that is your own freedom. But stop acting like this tax will make you go broke. Over time this money will build up and grow and go into repairs and other things needed around the city. Many people said "Parking stickers and a meals tax, give us one or the other." Well you got the meals tax. And your still crying. What does John know about Grant Money? If John was more involved in politics, he would understand the financial plans the city goes through to secure such projects. It goes beyond buying a king size bed and a ottoman.
This is why he will lose the Election.
Kinnon takes 72% of the vote.