The 34-year-old cited his newsletter, frequent mailings, and use of Twitter, Facebook, a website, and YouTube to get information to the residents of Ward 4.
As far as oversight, Palmucci said, he points to his success helping clean up the Brewers Corner neighborhood by updating the infrastructure, increasing police presence, and cracking down on housing code violations.
Palmucci said he also scrutinized the issue of zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries, and played an active role in the downtown redevelopment plans.
“I like to think of myself as a watchdog for the residents and neighbors of Ward 4. That’s the position I take on the council,’’ Palmucci said. “I represent Ward 4, and that’s who I have in mind with all the votes I take up there.”
At City Council meetings, Palmucci is anything but silent, bringing his background as an attorney to the table as he spells out his concerns, points out discrepancies, and draws out questions from others on the council.
Yet when it comes to whether he would run again for his seat against Healy, Palmucci remained tightlipped.
“I’m not even halfway through the term that the voters elected me to last time. I’m focused more on doing my job than figuring out my next move,” he said. “I’ll make a decision in the spring, when it’s more appropriate.”
At this point, Healy is the only person in the city who has established a campaign committee, which allows him to collect donations. He won’t be an official candidate until he files nomination papers, which will be available on May 6 and are due back by July 19. The primary election takes place on Sept. 19, and the general election on Nov. 5.
If Palmucci does run, the stage would be set for a spirited debate between two young candidates. According to Portz, the catalyst for intense political campaigns is typically a special issue that sparks interest in a community. “It’s episodic, depending on the community,” he said.
Regardless of what’s motivating Healy’s energetic efforts, he is already rounding up supporters.
“Mike is a homeowner and is committed to the community itself,” said Sheika Babin, who has been on board with Healy’s campaign since he announced his bid last month.
Others agreed that although Palmucci had done a good job, Healy would be the right man for the position going forward.
“He isn’t one of these guys running for the ego. He’s a fairly egoless man, which is important in politics now,” added Jim Jaehnig, a friend of Healy’s.
“In Quincy, there are great politicians, and I think Mike would be a great addition to that.”
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