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Newcomer announces bid for Malden council at-large seat

Posted by Matt Byrne  June 23, 2011 10:15 AM

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Pep.jpgPolitical newcomer and Ward 6 resident Andrew Pepoli announced he will run for an at-large seat on the Malden City Council.

The announcement comes more than a week after candidates could first pull papers to run, the first step in the nomination process.

“I am simply a concerned resident who is ready to step up, end politics as usual and provide the everyday voice that is missing from the current council," said Pepoli in the statement, released this morning.

Pepoli works as an asset manager for Boston investment and commercial real estate firm Spaulding & Slye, and is recently married to wife Ashley, a medical social worker.

In the statement, Pepoli introduces himself as a recent resident who moved to Malden a year ago and is equally uninitiated to its political landscape, acknowledging the challenge his candidacy will face.

"We are new to the city and don't know many people," he said. "It will be tough just to get my name out there and be recognized by my fellow residents."

But the hurdle of approaching the election as an unknown can come with a silver lining, he said.

"I know I am an outsider, but that has its advantages - I have no preconceived notions of how things have been done in the past and will not fall into the 'politics as usual' trap," he said. "I just want to do what is right for the City of Malden."

Pepoli will face at least one opponent so far: Gladys Rivera Rogers, who pulled papers for an at-large seat last Tuesday, the first day the documents were available.

A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in finance, Pepoli said his daily work on budgets, financial models, and contracts will prove "invaluable" during the council's annual budget review.

Pledging efficiency in the face of a prolonged recession, Pepoli said he would review "all programs, government positions and contracts" to eliminate waste, according to the statement, and decried what he called strong-arm tactics to push through new fees, taxes, and surcharges, citing the divisive Pay As You Throw trash fees and the upcoming residential parking program.


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