Group releases mayoral candidate’s bankruptcy filings

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The race for Brockton mayor has turned nasty, after an activist group that opposes a proposed power plant in the city released personal financial information about a candidate who supports it, making public the fact he filed for bankruptcy protection three times in the last nine years.

The revelation by Stop the Power about Bill Carpenter prompted other candidates in the five-person race to question his ability to manage money. Several said Carpenter, a city Board of Health employee, should end his campaign.

Carpenter, 56, is seeking the job held by incumbent Mayor Linda Balzotti, 52, the city’s first female mayor, who is running for a third term. The others in the race are retired businessman Ron Matta, 70; Ward 7 City Councilman Christopher MacMillan, 48; and travel agency owner Arnold Greenblatt, 81.

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