With Shane Burgo’s election, five of 11 city councilors in New Bedford are now persons of color. That’s something the city can take pride in. And it illustrates the changing nature of our city.
Voters in Ward 6 ousted the president of the City Council Tuesday, as Ryan Pereira, a newcomer to city politics, handily defeated six-term incumbent Councilor Joe Lopes. Turnout in the […]
All four incumbent at-large councilors were re-elected, and Ian Abreu topped the ballot with 15.7% of the vote.
Your vote is of immense importance in local elections because that is where it has the most power. When policy reform happens at the local level, you see and feel it almost instantly.
We have a lot of vacant and abandoned property in our city. I would like to see us sell them off as first-time homebuyers programs (affordable).
Corporations and speculators are buying homes in cash at as much as $50,000 above the market rate. This is going to dramatically increase the property values in the next term of the tax assessor. This will lead to increased gentrification.
We need to make sure inclusionary zoning is a part of any housing development and guarantees that at least 20% of the units being rented will be affordable housing units.
The city needs to take back abandoned properties and sell them at less than market-rate, with deed restrictions.
Graduation rates and high scores should correlate with instilling confidence, character, determination and goals that shape our students.
In Ward 1 and Ward 6, the incumbents have been among Mayor Jon Mitchell’s most reliable supporters. And both challengers sound like members of the minority opposition led by councilors Linda Morad and Brian Gomes.