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D'Antonio to face McGlynn for Medford mayor

Posted by Matt Byrne  September 14, 2011 12:04 PM

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Anthony D'Antonio will challenge Michael J. McGlynn, the longest serving mayor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the general election Nov. 8 in Medford.

In a primary that drew 3,668 voters, eliminated today was John Byers, who drew roughly 6.1 percent with 224 votes.

D'Antonio received 963 votes, far behind McGlynn -- an incumbent of 24 years -- who lapped the field with 2,434 ballots in his favor.

In a phone interview Wednesday, D'Antonio said that if elected, he would include more citizen input in city governance, grow ties to the City Council, file a home-rule petition to institute term limits, and bring a fresh vision to the city.

"The things that get done in this city are things the mayor can cut a ribbon for," D'Antonio said, who also advocated for stricter parking enforcement that could pay for more police officers.

"I bring new ideas and new vision to the operation of the city and the delivery of services," he said.

McGlynn, who is running for an historic 13th term, said that he would not be in office if the voters in Medford felt disenfranchised from government. He touted gains in financial stability and managing health care costs, citing a recent 6 1/2- year, $28.5 million deal to extend the city's inclusion the state-run health insurance pool, known as the Group Insurance Commission.

McGlynn said he continues to communicate with city councilors and cooperates with residents to include their views and concerns.

"Our reserves are up, our bond rating is up," McGlynn said. "We continue to do capital projects, and we will do more."


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