Councilor Peter Napolitano has been knocking on doors, greeting voters at house parties and getting his message of change out to the voters every morning and night and weekend since June when he announced his candidacy for mayor.
Running against an incumbent is usually an uphill battle. However, Napolitano says that he has found in the last six months that voters are unhappy.
“Most people are unhappy about the tax rate, about the mayor’s face in the newspaper too much and that the mayor is taking credit for things that he shouldn’t,” Napolitano said in an recent interview.
“Many people are not happy with the way he answers their questions,” he added, “People want someone who will listen to their problems.”
Napolitano who was first elected to the Common Council in 1999 has been an outspoken critic of the way that the city is being operated.
At a recent Common Council meeting, Napolitano and four other councilors criticized the mayor for providing no details to the councilors on the state health insurance plan. While Napolitano said that he was in favor of saving Everett taxpayers the additional $2 million cost of the added premiums, he wanted details on what exactly they were voting on.
Napolitano said that he is out working and will continue to knock on as many doors as he can. He has a citywide mailing going out and will be campaigning up until the polls close.
“My top agenda item if I am elected,” he said “is to get a firm picture of where the city is financially and work on what we can afford and bring the tax rate down so we can attract quality businesses and residents.”