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Mayor, council president to run for re-election

Marlborough As summer is finally heating up, so is the city’s political climate, with a stream of candidates pulling papers and beginning to campaign for the upcoming election. Despite an influx of new faces, many of the current leaders have opted to run for re-election.

    Putting to rest rumors of a bid for mayor, City Council President Arthur Vigeant, who has served the city for the past 16 years, said that he has decided to run for re-election. Citing concerns over the demands of running a campaign for mayor, Vigeant said that at this point he would not able to make that type of time commitment.

    “I love being a councilor … I still enjoy the job as much as when I first started,” Vigeant said. “I want to continue with the projects that I started … We need to keep building the industrial base and work to keep the budget down.”

    Also seeking re-election, Mayor Nancy Stevens said that working as an elected official can take a toll on a family and her decision to run for a third term came with 100 percent support from her children.  

    “I love this job,” Stevens said.  

    In addition to working with the City Council through one of the most difficult budget crises in history, Stevens said she is proud of her role in acquiring $11 million dollars of funding for the Waste Water Treatment Center, increasing the city’s stabilization accounts, obtaining state grants for projects like windows for the building at 250 Main St., and a negotiating a new citywide health insurance plan that saves both the employees and the city millions of dollars. 

   Working with city representatives to keep taxes down and maintain services, Stevens explained that her job is about giving residents a good quality of life. Having created relationships with companies to expand the city’s industrial base and with state officials to advocate for local grants, Stevens said she has also worked to establish federal ties.  

    “Senator [Edward M.] Kennedy called me the morning after I was elected. He said you cannot govern just from the city. I took that to heart; three months later, I went to Washington,” Stevens said. “It was that advocacy that got us a lot of grant money.”

    Marlborough native and recently retired Marine Joseph Collins has also pulled papers seeking the office of mayor. Collins, who currently works in accounting at a Boston-based law office, said he admires the work that politicians do and has always been interested in working in local politics. Although he has no prior political experience, he explained that he was seeking the office of mayor because he felt the tug to serve the community and wanted to commit to it on a full-time basis. 

    Not concerned about a lack of political experience, Collins explained that as a Marine he learned that the two most important qualities in a leader are honesty and trust. Looking to the upcoming months of campaigning, Collins said that his top priorities are the economy and education.

    New faces pulling papers include Jennifer Boudrie and John McEnaney for councilor at large; John F. Chagnon running in Ward 2; Matt Elder, John Raymond and Paul Brodeur running in Ward 3; and Natalie Lashmit for School Committee.

    Lashmit, who served on the City Council for eight years, including a year as president, said that all five of her children went through the Marlborough Public Schools and she wants to give back. After working for the past 10 years in as town planner in Boxborough and Grafton, she explained that she has worked with six different school committees. With the schools facing tough economic times, Lashmit said, she could bring a perspective to the committee that it currently does not have. Lashmit’s experience includes sitting on superintendent screening panels, grant writing, balancing budgets, union negotiations and writing grants.

    Boudrie, who is known in the community as the founder of Green Marlborough, said she wanted to represent residential and commercial taxpayers on issues that are important to them.

    Residents want to know that the city parks will be maintained so kids can play sports on mown fields, roads will be fixed, open space will be preserved, schools will have adequate funding, and recycling efforts will be increased and this will reduce our waste disposal costs,” Boudrie said. “Residents want to know that leaders are protecting their quality of life in Marlborough.”

    Seeking re-election for School Committee are Michelle Bodin-Hettinger, Mark Hediger and Jennifer Hardy, who was recently appointed to the committee after Brian Murphy resigned. City Councilors who have currently pulled papers to seek re-election include Councilors at Large Patricia Pope, Steven Levy and Michael Ossing, Ward 2 Councilor Paul Ferro, Ward 1 Councilor Joseph Delano, Ward 4 Councilor Peter Juaire, Ward 5 Councilor Robert Seymour, Ward 6 Councilor Ed Clancy and Ward 7 Councilor Donald Landers. 

 

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