Guest Op-Ed : Setting the Record Straight

By Al Lattanzi

When I first pulled nomination papers for the Ward Six Council seat, my opponent and I vowed to each other that we would both run clean, positive campaigns. Campaigns based on records, accomplishments and most importantly, a passion to serve the community we know and love. Unfortunately, he has not kept his promise.

I have spent the entire summer on the streets, knocking on thousands of doors while listening to your concerns. My opponent has done the same. However, instead of talking about the issues that matter and his record, or lack thereof, he has chosen to allegedly talk negatively about my family, my business, and my character. He has even gone so far as chastising my supporters and allegedly removing my campaign signs. He denies such behavior and states that he was allegedly “begged” to remove the signs. If that is the case, why was I called to replace my signs? Why did this individual feel compelled to write a complaint to the Council President? The behavior exhibited by my opponent is erratic, hostile, threatening and is simply unacceptable for someone that holds an elected office.

Since 1950, my family has operated Everett Supply & True Value Hardware Store – the last independent hardware store in the city. My parents, Mary and Babe, taught me the value of hard work and how to run the business that I eventually took over. While other independent businesses folded over the decades, my honest and trustworthy persona, and my dedication to Everett ensured that my business kept its doors open, serving Everett residents and their hardware needs. My parents began doing business with the City of Everett as a local vendor in the late 1950s.

My opponent and his supporters have attacked my character and business, implying that I’ve done something wrong in doing business with the City. It’s not the first time my business and character have been attacked for political gain. I know that small businesses are the backbone of this community. If elected, I will work with the DeMaria Administration and the City Council to promote the use of more local vendors and support of small businesses. After all, shouldn’t the city support those that are rooted in Everett, pay taxes in Everett and provide jobs in Everett?

In fact, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts encourages municipalities to use local, small business vendors.

For my opponent to paint my campaign in a negative light is nothing but a mere distraction. A distraction from the fact that I am the only homeowner, business owner and property taxpayer in this race. Ward Six deserves honest, serious leadership. My record as an honest and trustworthy businessman in this community speaks for itself. You be the judge.Al Lattanzi is a candidate for Ward 6 Councilor

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