Shouldn't campaigns be in full swing by now? Instead all I see is a ton of Linda Pereira signs in the North End and after much searching a few campaign websites.
Now in the 8th Bristol District Mike Rodrigues has it easy. He is running unopposed. Things are different however in the 6th and 7th Districts.
In the 7th Bristol District Representative Kevin Aguiar should be facing stiff competition. Aguiar has only held the seat a few short months, thanks to a special election. Sure Kevin is a familiar name thanks to years on the school committee but he has not had time to build a reputation in Boston. If anyone wanted to make a serious run at this seat THIS is the year to do it. Instead Aguiar faces John Rodrigues in the Democratic primary and will face Republican challenger CJ Ferry before returning to Boston. Oh I suppose I should say the winner will face CJ Ferry but let's be honest. Rodrigues and Ferry have both run for office before and neither has ever stood in the winners circle. They're not serious candidates, or at least it's tough to take them as serious candidates. Rodrigues faced Aguiar in the special election and ran a quiet an ineffectual campaign. Ferry last ran for both city council and school committee and came in last in both races. If either man was serious about unseating Aguiar they should have come out swinging, instead we've heard next to nothing.
The most interesting race is in the 6th Bristol District, as incumbent Dave Sullivan faces City Councilor Linda Pereria in the Democratic primary. Back when Dave lost the Fall River mayoral race I predicted the vultures would circle this coming election. There is certainly a short list of people who could seriously challenge Sullivan for his seat. Kilby, Whitty, and Poulin could all make a race of it. So could Council President Joe Camara, who has run for the seat before, but Linda Pereira?! True, Linda is a veteran city councilor. She has name recognition and a support base. Linda has introduced ideas to the council and has been outspoken on issues. However Linda is also haunted by her own past. There is the infamous racist joke that she told in public. There is also the odd sitation where she claimed a Herald News reporter fabricated an interview with her. Maybe too much has been made out of the joke incident and in the case of the Herald, I'd hate to call her a liar, but it does cast some doubts on her judgement.
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