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Robillard to run for Ward 6 Council seat in Malden

Posted by Matt Byrne  June 27, 2011 02:30 PM

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 john1.jpgMalden resident and retired business owner John Robillard will run for City Council in Ward 6, he said in a statement.

Robillard, a 23-year resident of the city, said in the statement that with his candidacy he seeks to repeal the pay-as-you-throw trash program, re-examine a recent round of bond issuances, oppose any override to proposition 2 1/2, and press for better management and fiscal practices.

"My vision for Malden is a first-class city with excellent schools, good roads, a low crime rate with adequate police and fire protection," he said in the statement.

Robillard will face incumbent Ward 6 councilor Neil C. Kinnon, who has held the office since June 2007, and who has pulled papers to run for reelection to the seat, according to the Malden City Clerk's office.

A member of the board of directors at Malden's Bread of Life, Robillard said in the statement that he was awakened to the issues facing the city when he got involved with the charity.

"These are tough economic times and all of us must work together," he said. "Both government and citizens must find ways to accomplish our goals while keeping our budget intact. The citizens of this city cannot afford any increase in taxes and fees."

Robillard, who grew up in Cambridge, has worked most of his life in the furniture business, and owned his own store in Cambridge for six years. He arrives to politics a newcomer, he said.

"We need a new openness in Malden, where citizens are better informed," he said, adding later: "While the position of city councilor is a part-time position," he said, "It will be my full-time passion."

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