Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008

A year ago, who could have predicted what locally, 2008 would bring?

Sure, Kevin Aguiar becoming State Rep. was something 'I predicted' but all the rest? Who could have seen Mayor Correia garnering all sorts of good will in his first 100 days, just to throw is all away in the next 100! Who could have seen the debacle with the school budget, (and I don't care how the Mayor explains it, he cut the budget and added on expenses.) Who would have believed that by the end of the year WSAR would no longer have Mike Moran or Keri Rodrigues?

It's been a crazy year! However, for Fall River bloggers it has been a noteworthy one.

Local blogs have generated over 300 posts this year and attracted over 150,000 visits! And local bloggers haven't just waited for things to blog about. Local bloggers have often shared an opinion long before a similar opinion is offered by the local paper or radio station. Local bloggers were proactive in championing a petition drive to reverse the Mayor's decision to change the fire chief to a contract position. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the petition drive garnered over 9,000 signatures. Local blogs (particularly Fall River-tastic) were speaking out about Miller Green long before the issue was covered anywhere else.

What's in store for 2009? You can be sure that with it being an election year that even more people will stumble across local blogs and that local bloggers will be sharing their thoughts and reminding you of campaign promises not kept. I know I'm looking forward to it.

Here's wishing you the best in 2009!

66 comments:

Tom Paine said...

There is one area that came to light during the year, but only briefly, and that was the old issue of Watuppa Heights.

For years now we have been promised that it would be demolished and 26 single family homes would take its place.

Bob Correia spoke about it when he announced for office and at the begining of 2008 he said it would be demolished by June 2008.

Then, behind the scenes, Bob signed an agreement with the state to build "at least" 60 units on the Watuppa site. What happened to the 26 single family homes??

In this MOA he agreed to come up with $4million!! Where are we going to get $4million when the city sent back at least $6million!!??

He also agreed to find vacant city owned land and put up an additional 20 units.

Then the issue went quite - why? - because the city council, which was not included in on the deal with the state - was upset.

Then the council came up with some ideas.....then pluff - the issue died.

So now the question is what will happen with Watuppa Heights in 2009??? Will the city get sued for dragging its feet?

Tom Paine said...

As far as 2008, I have to say that is the year that the bloggers in Fall River found their footing and gained a great deal of credibility.

The local newspaper not only checked out what was being posted, but on many occasions they would either use the information in their own opinion pieces or do an actual story using the information.

The local pols were especially upset with the info coming out on the blogs. Here was an area that they could not control (yet). They did not like that factual information was being released without knowing who was doing the releasing. I am sure they will redouble their efforts to try to find out who are these bloggers.

Then you have WSAR, who instead of embracing the bloggers and using their info for their benefit, just as the pols they turned against the bloggers and even made threats against the bloggers. The reason for this is too obvious to even mention.

So there you have it, 2008 was the year that the bloggers came into their own in Fall River. What will 2009 bring the bloggers?

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the blogger "activism" continue in 2009 even though local poltics dictate that the bloggers remain anonymous.

Perhaps the Watuppa Heights issue Tom Paine alwsys keeps a watchful eye on should be in the forefront now.


Charlotte

Anonymous said...

Lefty, I agree with your comments regarding the Mayor and the school department. We received a 2.5 million dollar increase in Chapter 70 money for FY 09 and the Mayor gave the school department 82.5 when last year they had 86 milion. This is cut by his administration no matter how you slice it.

Jefferson said...

Bloggers must continue to share their thoughts, ideas, and reflections- regardless of who is bothered by them. The colonists were once a mere annoyance to the King of England, but their powerful message was received by others and freedom was eventually won.
The analogy is a bit of a stretch, but the idea is that sometimes the message must be delivered anonymously due to retaliation from those in power. After all, bloggers most likely have some inner knowledge on the matters they address, so they either work in the controversial areas or know someone who does. This can lead to hesitancy to come forward and "blow the whistle".

Anonymous said...

If the Mayor added 4million to the budget, and charged the school department 4million, was the budget really 78.5 million? Or was the total budget 86.5 million, including the 4 million?

Anonymous said...

Funny isn't 4million what we need for watuppa heights????

Lefty said...

"As far as 2008, I have to say that is the year that the bloggers in Fall River found their footing and gained a great deal of credibility."

Thanks Tom! I agree local blogging turned a corner in 2008.

"I am sure they will redouble their efforts to try to find out who are these bloggers."

Thanks Tom! I don't want to start the new year thinking about that!

Lefty said...

Anon 10:14,

From memory, last years budget was just over 86 million dollars and this year the budget is just over 82 million.

2009 said...

AULD BOB SYNE

Should Bob Correia be forgot,
And never brought to mind ?
Should Bob Correia be forgot,
And left be-hind ?

For all he has tried, my dear,
For all he has lied,
We’re happy that o-eight has gone,
Here’s to two-o-nine !

And surely you will not be shocked !
Unless that you are blind !
For the tricks he has in store this year,
Will leave you crying !

For all he has tried, my dear,
For all he has lied,
We’re happy that o-eight has gone,
Here’s to two-o-nine !

Anonymous said...

In spite of the mess the city of Fall River finds itself in as the new year begins, Mayor Correia will be reelected because no serious opponent with a big enough war chest will appear to challenge him. There will be challengers but the power brokers want someone who is conservative enough to suit them. Right now there is now such candidate on the horizon. Fall River doesn't have a track record of voting for white knoghts, even though they may have their 15 minutes of fame. Eric Poulin certainly fits that decription.

Anonymous said...

predictions for 2009

city will still not have any renewable energy utilization despite two rivers and a hell of a river breeze

half f the ciy council voed out of office, following the proression of web and a more engaged new media

Route 79 exchange removal to be funded in feb bailout for states

With a thin and impoverished field, Correia wins relection

Fall River's unemployment rate reaches 16 percent

The carousel is sold

Weavers Cove abandons plans for the Riv.

Paul Viveiros opens a stripclub while city feuds over zones pushing the envelop once again over the people's choice for a strip club!!!

K Rod ends up on the air in New Bedford but has to focus on new bedford... a new chapter begins.

Barry leaves WSAR to join her and new management. Fall River collectively says thank god. Meanwhile Karam's counter.

A two year investigation by federal officials in fall Rive concludes...shhhhh

an anonymous watcher
hope i,m wrong

Nancy said...

I must say these blogs must be getting to people!! Barry and the hurricane keep talking about us. They call us cowards and want us to tell them our full names!!! Like antone at wsar says what they really want to say. We all know who they really talk for. Barry Richards never had a good word to say about the former mayor. this mayor has done nothing except change names of buildings, and he hails him as the best thing since sliced bread. No one at that station even slightly critisizes him. No one is perfect, yet nothing!

Tom Paine said...

The mayoral election is showing the true colors of the electorate.

Many are saying that no one can beat the mayor because of lack of funds they will have in their campaign finances and the mayor will have a ton of money. At the same time everyone is talking about the mayor's extremely poor record.

If he continues being such a poor mayor and wins re-election, we are to blame, not the lack of funds. If you truly believe that he needs to be taken out of office, get involved in the election.

Anonymous said...

I read a comment from paul walnuts that I am waiting for him to elaborate on. It alluded that the mayors insiders are growing tired of his performance as well.

This brings me to this thought- many of his insiders and supporters did so because they had a horse in the race and thought their horse was going to lose so they went over to the winning side. I think this happens more than we realize and may more to do with the election outcome then the warchest. That being said, if these insiders thought there was another viable candidate would they vote for them?

charlotte

Tom Paine said...

Charlotte, it depends on what group you are talking about. For instance, the developer group, such as the radio station owners, would not vote for a candidate or more importantly financially support a candidate that they believed would not protect their special interest.

There are groups that are worried about their minute piece of power. For instance, within the school department you have administrators who constantly try to gain influence with the mayor, especially when they realize that their job is really not required. So you have a person earning anyway from $80,000 to $110,000 that must protect their power base. You add family and friends and they will weild a small amount of votes and donations.

You have people who are looking for promotions, a granting of a variance, a letter of reference for a son or daughter for a job in the court system, protection of a public pension (more years and money means that condo in Florida). Etc. etc.

These groups, although they will complain at times about the condidtion of the city, are really more interested in their little world.

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how many components there are!

Anonymous said...

The Karams own alot of property. I know former mayor Lambert did not do them many favors so in turn bad publicity. I remember the editorial Bernie Sullivan did about former mayor Lambert.It was like the Karams wrote it and had Bernie read it. I don't know though this guy is making alot of people dislike him. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. We shall see. We need someone to run against him.

Anonymous said...

It is too bad that Kilby, Sullivan or Poulin aren't running for Mayor, any one would be a better choice than Correia. In terms of a comment though about one blogger mentioning 15 minutes of fame, I didn't read much about Kilby or Sullivan relative to the school naming issue and the Fire Chief issue and other key issues this year, but I did read about Poulin speaking out about both of them. At least he is staying involved and even though he has said he's not running it shows that he cares more about the community than about the "15 minutes of fame," that one blogger mentioned and that is a reason as to why some people get involved. Bob Correia certainly has a healthy ego that I'm sure he enjoys having fed regularly.

Tom Paine said...

As far as the fire chief issue, I believe that Sullivan was the only local Rep that did not sign onto it in the House. If that is the case that means he really did not support it.

Anonymous said...

Sullivan didn't speak out against the Fire Chief Issue at all. He was quiet about it until it passed. He could have lobbied to get it not to pass as a home rule. Why did he allow it to pass?

Anonymous said...

1) The more radio hosts talk about bloggers, the more bloggers will blog about what radio says about them.

2)When radio talk hosts bring bloggers' topics to the air, they push the bloggers' point of view on the issue, even -and ESPECIALLY if- they attack it.


The more radio pays attention to bloggers, the more they will blog. And if radio talks bad about bloggers, they'll blog that too, and their traffic will go up. Radio listeners will break away from the radio and go to the blogs to see what the hell has the radio folks' knickers in a twist THIS time.
If that's what they WANT, then all is well there.
But if it ISN'T, then they should starve the beast rather than feed it.
And why they can't see that baffles me.
We do not forget.
Expect us.
We are Anonymous, and we approve this message.

Anonymous said...

You may want to be careful with the Kilby angle. He is an honest person and I believe had the best of intentions with his candidacy for mayor. Unfortunately he did align himself with Al Herren to promote his run at office. Mike Herren was also on board for fundraising and whatever else he could benefit from. Poor decision by Brad.

Tom Paine said...

As I said, I believe he did not sign onto the Fire Chiefs bill. What else he did I do not know. You can always call him and find out.

Anonymous said...

Sullivan didn't sign on to the Fire Chief bill but he stayed as far away from the issue as possible, he didn't lobby for or against it, he just stood silent. Kilby has been quiet this year except to say nice things about Mayor Bob in a couple of Herald articles which is interesting considering how ferocious Bob was with trying to hang the Durfee football field fiasco around his neck during the campaign. It's nice that Brad can forgive and forget but I am wondering if he also thinks he needs to suck up to Bob a little since he will be running for Council again and he doesn't want to upset the Correia machine. If that's the case then we definitely don't need another Correia cronie on the Council.

Anonymous said...

Brad Kilby did not seek out the assitance of Al and Mike Herren. They came to him. The presence of Al Herren brought immediate hostility from the Editor of the Herald News.

The presence of an honest, forthright candidate was viewed as a threat to the candidate of the Radio Station across the river and brought out a number of character assasinating rants from one talk show host in particular. It was clear that the media, both print and electronic, had chosen their candidate and failed to acknowledge position papers sent to them by several candidates. On one ocassion a talk show host complained about a lack of specifics from candidates while reading verbatim from a position paper on LNG the station had received.

Al Herren's involvement with Brad Kilby's campaign was over by late spring, but this did not end the hostile attitude of the Herald News editor

The media played a role in the last Mayor's race that was both inappropriate and unethical. Perhaps those who were involved will own up to what they did as they have long promised.

Brad Kilby is a gentleman and will not speak badly about a political opponent. He is likely done with politics and has moved on with his practice of law.

Anonymous said...

Again the truth is lost.I was inolved deeply in the kilby run for mayor Brad sought out help from many people including the Herrens.Brad lost because he ran a campaign that was poorly organized and his vote was split by Poulin and Sullivan.Its amazing how inaccurate people who post on this blog are .Get your facts right or get off the blogs

Anonymous said...

I don't think you are who you say you are. I can prove what I post. Can you?

Anonymous said...

You were not involved deeply if you think herren was, I know that for a fact as well.
Kilby is a stand up guy as was poulin They were both shut down by certain people including the local radio station. Look up the coverage for yourself and do the research.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:16 you were deeply involved but the campaign was poorly run and herren was involved and brad sought him out. None of that adds up , nor does the get of the blogs
threat.

Lefty said...

I think you could fill several blog posts on why Bob won and why everyone else lost. Come to think of it I DID fill several blog posts on why.

I suppose you could look at every candidate and point out mistakes they made. However, you have to remember it was a crowded field and Correia raised more money than anyone else.

Money means a lot.

Especially when most voters sit back and wait for the information to come to them and don't research the candidates for themselves.

Money allowed Bob to visit more senior centers, run more commercials, more and bigger ads etc. etc. etc.

The large field kept any one competitor from establishing enough of a base.

There were not enough forums or debates for candidates like Kilby and Poulin to get their platform out there.

Once the primary was over Bob still had the big money advantage and Dave Sullivan ran a lousy campaign and was horrible in the debates.

Bob won.

Anonymous said...

Well I hope Poulin and Kilby still remain interested in Fall River and run for city council although I would prefer they run for mayor!!!

Anonymous said...

Brad Kilby had a terrible campaign manager.He was un organized and not ready for prime time period.He had little organization and zero experience in one vote races.He relied on false polling data and is a terrible meet and greet.He barely had enough poll workers ,no poll checkers,and no phone banks.Infact Brad left a bitter taste in many of his supporters mouth.You have to finish strong and remember its not about putting the most signs up its about getting out your vote

Anonymous said...

I was a supporter and did not feel that way, I'm not sure how much you actually did but it sounds like there is more to the story than that.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they felt they had better ideas and should run next time.

Anonymous said...

I heard he is running for school committee

Anonymous said...

Brad is a nice guy, it would be hard for him to run for Mayor though considering he has had flowery things to say about Correia plus he has already indicated he wouldn't but it wouldn't be the first time a politician changed their mind.

Brad may run for Council as he suggested he might in a previous Herald article and chances are he would get back in but again his overly nice language regarding Correia's poor performance may leave some to question whether he will be independent or another Pat Casey or Joe Camara. I personally think Brad is head and shoulders above people like that in terms of intelligence but I understand how people might be concerned that he would be another yes vote given some of his commentary.

Anyone else find it interesting that Correia gave himself a "C" after his first 100 days and also a "C" at the end of his first year? He didn't improve at all during the year? C'mon, a guy that has been in office for 30 years needs more time and couldn't hit the ground running? Now he can actually campaign on experience since he has been mayor but I don't think anyone should've been campaigning on their experience unless they'd been mayor before. How can you really know the job until you're there? Correia realizes that now but it's not what he said before when he ran.

Anonymous said...

No I heard his campaign manager is running for school committee and Brad for city council. Any word on Poulin running for city council yet??

Anonymous said...

If Poulin runs for anything he can expect 1 of 2 things: 1.) The radio station will ignore him completely or 2.) The radio station will beat him up daily. Do you really think that Hurricane or Barry or anyone would be allowed to invite him on their show or if they did that they would pitch him the same softball questions that Mayor Correia gets?

Anonymous said...

That is why the ANONYMOUS blogs are so important in 2009.

Lefty said...

If Eric runs for mayor he will have his work cut out for him. Mayor Correia may have many detractors but he will be tough to beat. Bob has the resources to run a winning campaign and Eric can't depend on the local media to help him in anyway.

However, if Eric should decide to make a council run I think he would easily be elected.

Anonymous said...

I remember Kilby making some comments for an article that the Herald News was running after the first 100 days of the administration. If you all rember correctly at that time the Herald was still writing favorable things about the administration as well, sort of a so far so good lets wait and see approach. In recent editorials the paper has admitted such and come to the conclusion that they had it wrong. I don't think Kilby said anything "flowery" but may have made some respectful comments along the same so far so good lines. I don't recall seeing any comments lately from him regarding the administration's first year and would be curious if he, like the Herald, has had a change of heart.

Anonymous said...

Kilby did say nice things about Correia in the 1st 100 days as did others. However, in the article where Kilby said he wouldn't run again for Mayor he did say some flowery things about Correia, basically that he thought he was doing a good job and that was well after the 100 days and after the tide had already turned on Correia.

Also Lefty, Poulin said he wasn't running for Mayor so that idea can be thrown out and I think you are wrong about him having an easy time to get elected to Council. The fact is Poulin being elected to any office in Fall River will never come to pass. Not saying he shouldn't be just that it would never ever be allowed to happen. Who is going to elect him? The 30-40% of people who actually come out to vote, most of which aren't coming out to vote for any type of change but instead have something at stake for themselves, friends and/or family members like jobs and other handouts? I think people are being a bit delusional. I'm sad to say it but everyone was calling for change in 2007 and nothing happened. You might get change if 60% plus of the population come out to vote like they did for President but that's not likely to happen, most folks in Fall River don't view voting for Mayor as very important, if they did you might get at least 50% (half) of the voters to turn out but we never do.

Anonymous said...

Brad Kilby is an evil politician just like the others. don't be fooled. He is not an honorable man.

Anonymous said...

Is someone afraid Kilby will run, sure sounds like it. He is not evil. You have not stated any facts either.

RadioFree said...

Brad is not evil, he's just an idiot. He can't answer basic questions like, "Why are you running for Mayor?" or "What would you do as Mayor?" without mumbling and bumbling through the same tired political vagueness most other city councilors do. He thought his old Durfee buddies were going to carry him off the field to victory and got smacked. He aligned himself with the wrong people, had no message, no vision and ran a pathetic campaign. The end.

Anonymous said...

They all sound flowery to me:


http://www.heraldnews.com/archive/x1620716915

Fall River — While Mayor Robert Correia handily defeated the field in September, most of his key opponents had plenty to say about what he’s been doing for the city after 100 days in office.
An exception was the second-place finisher, state Rep. David Sullivan, who lost by a 55-45 percent margin to Correia in the November run-off election.
He offered a brief comment:
“Any leader of any municipality in the commonwealth has challenges to face right now, and that’s all I’ve really got to say,” Sullivan said.
In the preliminary election, the five finishers behind Correia that were polled came within 500 votes of each other.
Alfredo P. Alves, a city councilor for nearly 15 years, said there are two major issues Correia should have addressed immediately and has not to date: trash disposal, as the landfill could be full within 15 months, and revenue to offset a $9 million reserve fund payment to the school budget this year.
He said creation of jobs should be a priority, which includes attracting businesses to the industrial park.
In giving Correia a “7 out of 10” grading, Alves, who finished third in the race, said, “Other than that, I think he’s done a very good job of putting some order in City Hall, which I think it needed. I think he’s created an ambiance of more respect and dignity.” He commended the mayor’s programs for cleaning up the city.
Reacting to Correia’s attention to the state and city piers, he said, “It’s wonderful to build a pier for cruise ships to come in, but you have to create the conditions. You have to build a tourist industry and the waterfront needs a hotel very badly,” Alves said.
Overall, he assessed, “There’s a lot of room for improvement here. We don’t live by cosmetics alone. We need results.” But Alves also stressed, “three months is not enough; six months is really where you give him a grading.”
Bradford L. Kilby, who placed fourth in September’s preliminary election, credited Correia for doing a good job during his first three months, adding he’s doing so with limited resources at hand.
“What I like is his ability to make the hard decisions,” Kilby said. “That style of leadership will get us through the tough times we’re going to face. I’m supportive of what he’s done so far.”
Kilby said it was still too soon to say if he would do anything differently, but said he agrees with the stance taken on Correia’s first day in Government Center to shake up the status quo.
The former City Councilor and School Committeeman said he would have likely taken similar steps to what Correia did in outlawing televisions, iPods and cell phones, as well as instituting a business casual dress code for employees.
“I’m definitely supportive of that,” Kilby said.
Looking forward to the remaining 21 months Correia holds in office, Kilby predicted good things.
“He’s got a style of leadership that will serve well in these tough times,” Kilby said.
“I think actually he’s done better than I expected,” said Eric M. Poulin, not shy during the campaign or now to differ with Correia. “I never doubted his capability to do the job; my question was always his style.”
The manner in which Correia pushed through changing the names of two new schools and proposing the fire chief be dropped from Civil Service are examples of how Correia has “very quickly moved to consolidate his power,” said Poulin, who served as project manager for three years under former Mayor Edward L. Lambert.
While Poulin, who finished fifth but less than 100 votes behind Alves, likened Correia’s style to “more machine politics,” he admitted, “If it gets things done, I think that’s all the public wants to see, and doesn’t care how he does it.”
Poulin said he hasn’t seen any crime or economic development initiatives announced, two of Correia’s stated priorities — along with education — during the campaign.
Asked for a grade thus far on a 1-10 scale, Poulin said, “I guess a five, whatever would equate to a ‘C’. I don’t think he deserves too harsh of a grade. I could give him a ‘B’ if I had heard him announce beginning economic development (plans).”
He said the Seaport Bond bill Correia recently announced was “already in the pipeline,” although he deserves credit for helping establish the bond fund as a state representative.
William F. Whitty, who served for 2 1/2 months as acting mayor when Lambert resigned, offered a brief prepared statement.
“A new administration needs time to define what they’re all about and I don’t think the first 100 days allows for that. Mayor Correia continues to assemble his team governing the day-to-day operations of the city as he begins to promote his ideas, and for that he needs time.
“I think the 2009 budget will be an important part as to how Bob will be viewed by the people. It’s not going to be easy. We’re in difficult financial times, and I wish him well, hoping he will be able to present a budget that continues to move the city forward,” Whitty said.

Anonymous said...

One of the chief complaints I hear and read is that we need to clean house and get new blood and elect different people. My question is what clear thinking, civic minded person who might think they have something to offer the city would want to subject themselves to the nonsense
and innuendo, and vague anonymous mud slinging that goes on. The last few posts on this thread about this guy Kilby is a perfect example. As far as I know, and I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, this guy hasn't declared himself to be a candidate for anything. He hasn't held public office since the end of 2007, but here we are at the beginning of 2009 and he's "evil" "an idiot" not an "honorable man" etc... and the guy is not even a public figure anymore.
So for anyone out there thinking of running for office this seems to be the deal: 1) when you are new and a fresh face and haven't had to actually take any votes on any issues you will be o.k. 2) If you happen to get elected and have to start voting on issues you will not be ok, because every vote you take is going to anger some portion of the public so be prepared for quick swings in public sentiment and keep family members and loved ones away from media outlets and the internet and 3) I haven't figured out 3 yet. Anybody out there who can tell me how long a person has to be removed from public service before they get to go back to being a private citizen ?

Anonymous said...

I think we are getting lost in the fact we are not happy with the current administration. We need some viable candidates.

Anonymous said...

You all forgot this article and yes Kilby has all but announced he is running for City Council if you go by his comments in this article:


Alves thinks he's done with politics

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By Michael Holtzman
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2008 @ 06:42 PM

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Fall River — After nearly an hour talking about his world travels, former city councilor and mayoral candidate Alfredo Alves suddenly remarked that his story would likely elicit controversy because of his political background.
“The first thing they’ll say is ‘I’m campaigning,’” said Alves, whose international adventures were noted at a recent City Council meeting.
“This is not true,” Alves said of a future political candidacy. “I’ve thought about it a great deal. I’ve thought about Fall River and its future and my contribution to its future.”
“I was not successful,” Alves said of his strong third-place finish in last year's mayoral primary. “In my life, I don’t think I’ll be back in the political process.”
Alves said he hopes other small business owners will pick up the political torch.
In the September 2007 preliminary election, Alves had 2,261 votes, finishing 255 votes behind state Rep. David Sullivan for second place.
Robert Correia, who handily defeated Sullivan in November, was far ahead of Sullivan (4,271 to 2,516) and four other well-known candidates in a crowded preliminary field.
Close behind Alves were Bradford Kilby, who was also a city councilor at the time and a former school board member, and Eric Poulin, former assistant and media spokesman in Edward M. Lambert Jr.’s administration.
Both were within 341 votes of making the run-off against Correia a year ago. Like Alves, neither plan to run for mayor in 2009, although Kilby is eyeing a council return.
“I’m not interested in running against (Mayor) Bob Correia. I’m working to contribute to his administration,” Kilby said.
“I do enjoy it,” he said of the political process. “There’s a good likelihood that I’ll run for City Council.”
Poulin, who surprised many with his strong showing, said he’d be hypocritical to run next year after calling for mayors to serve four-year terms — a change voters previously favored in a nonbinding referendum — and be limited to eight years in office.
“I’m not going to run against somebody who’s served less than a four-year term. I want to be consistent with my platform,” Poulin said.
“Anything else is probably too early for me to decide,” he said of another office.
Sullivan, who lost to Correia in the November general election, 9,642-7,813, said his recent election for state representative kept any mayoral bid off his radar screen. “I’m thrilled to be representing the Sixth Bristol District,” said Sullivan, who does not have a Republican opponent in November.
He defeated City Councilor Linda M. Pereira in the Democratic primary to earn his seventh term.


E-mail Michael Holtzman at mholtzman@heraldnews.com.

Anonymous said...

"You all forgot this article and yes Kilby has all but announced he is running for City Council if you go by his comments in this article"

One time, when I was 9 years old, I "all but announced" that I was going to be an astronaut, it never happened though.

I guess talking about doing something and actually doing it are two different things. get back to us when he makes it official, which I highly doubt will happen. From all that I have heard the guy finds it nice being out of the spotlight, running his law practice, and spending time with his family.

Anonymous said...

Coming off a very high profile Mayoral Campaign last time around; If Poulin and/or Kilby run for the Council this year, I would bet my house that they finish in the top three in the next election. Correia will also be re-elected easily. This is an easy prediction.

Anonymous said...

People, you must all understand this point. The City Of Fall River needs a Mayor like Correia at this time. God...could you imagine Sullivan as our Mayor. We would really be @#$%^%

Anonymous said...

Correia will get my vote next election. The main reason is that he had the guts to realize that Fischer was truly hurting the school system and Correia had the balls to get rid of him. Others would never have gone through the negative public opinion.

Anonymous said...

I guess if you can't beat em' join but that only works for some of the croanies.

Anonymous said...

Kilby is a vengeful person. I've seen him go after people in the workplace for a personal vendetta. Maybe that's a requirement to be a politician.

Anonymous said...

In the workplace???? Do you work in his law offic???

Anonymous said...

State facts not accustions and rumors. He is not in office so you can now come forward without fear of retaliation. Did you report this at the time?? I didn;t think so.

Anonymous said...

Please stop and negative comments and name calling. This is becoming very childish. Lefty should monitor this blog more closely.
The next thing we will hear is that Kilby drowns little pups on the weekends for fun.
Knock if off people.

Anonymous said...

Amen!!

Anonymous said...

If something is true, and you can't say it here, where can you say it?

Anonymous said...

If it is a fact or opinion you can say it. If you can't back it up and it is just a rumour you can't. Simple

Anonymous said...

Blog etiquette in this town?your kidding right? tonight nick christ a bank president was called a convict and a drug dealer.Mike herren and his daughters relationship were dragged through the mud. She is two i believe. Disgusting !! shame on the blogging community and the people who run them!

Anonymous said...

Then if I saw it with my own eyes, it's a fact, right?

Anonymous said...

Sure give us the undisputed facts. Date time witness

Anonymous said...

"shame on the blogging community and the people who run them!"

You are going to condemn the entire blogging community for comments made by a few? Shame on you! My guess is that you were already inclined or pre-disposed to hating on the blogging community in the first place or why else make such a far-sweeping statement of condemnation? Take a few statements that went too far and attempt to use it to condemn everyone. Nice strategy but it's a false/fallacious tactic that is very transparent/easy to see through. Sorry if you don't like that people criticize the Mayor, the radio station,etc. but a lot of the negative comments and constructrive criticism is valid. Namecalling isn't valid but not everyone does it so don't pretend we all do. Shame on you for trying that dirty trick!