Malden Vol. 28, No. 25 -FREEwww.advocatenews.net More candidates ready to run By Barbara Taormina T he race for the Ward 3 City Council seat is the hot item in Malden’s most recent round of pre-election news. Assistant Registrar of Voters Carol Ann Desiderio has posted another update on candidates who have pulled nomination papers to run for office in this year’s municipal election, and the list is growing. However, as Desiderio has said in the past, pulling nomination papers is the first step in the process and the names on these early lists may not be the same names that ultimately end up on ballots. The mayoral race is still a two-candidate contest with Ward 3 Councillor John Matheson stepping up to challenge Mayor Gary Christenson, who is running for a third term. But two more residents have pulled papers to run for the open Ward 3 City Council seat, which may now be headed for a preliminary election in September. Amanda Linehan announced in March that she is running to represent Ward 3 on the City Council. And for a while, it looked like Linehan, the communications director for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, might be unopposed. But Linehan will be running against Julianne Orsino, a business management consultant and chair of the city’s Community Preservation Committee and Paul Weston, a former financial services exec who now has a real estate firm in Malden. The other interesting twist in the ward councillor races is the addition of Andrew Vanni to the list of potential candidates who have pulled nomination papers. Vanni seems poised to challenge City Council President Jadeane Sica in her bid for a fourth term representing Ward 8. Some may remember Vanni as one of the finalists in the 2017 search for a city treasurer who dropped out before his interview. Others may remember him as the subject of an investigation of email fraud after he allegedly sent a message about the treasurer search to city councillors under Councillor-at-Large Debbie DeMaria’s name. Vanni has said it was all a misunderstanding. As for the remaining ward councillor races, Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe, Ward 2 Councillor Paul Condon, Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley, Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy, Ward 6 Councillor David Camell and Ward 7 Councillor Neal Anderson are currently unopposed in their bids for another two-year term. There are no recent changes in the race for the three at-large seats on the City Council. Incumbents DeMALDEN SCHOOLS SUMMER FOOD SERVICE SITES SEE PAGES 12 &13 ADVOCATE Published Every Friday 617-387-2200 Friday, June 21 , 2019 Moving right along at Encore THE RIGHT DIRECTION: On Monday, Malden’s own Jason Law is shown working at his new job as a traffic attendant for Encore Boston Harbor at the casino/resort’s entrance. Since December he has been working in the Transportation Department, where about 1,000 combined Everett and Malden residents now work. Maria, Craig Spadafora and Stephen Winslow are all in the race along with challenger and former School Committee Member Jerry Leone. In the races for seats on the School Committee, incumbents Michael Drummey, who represents Ward 1, Jennifer Spadafora from Ward 3, and Tara Beardsley, who represents Ward 5, are currently unopposed. Newcomer Anna Geoffroy, a digital news service editor, has Second Annual Malden Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at Malden Senior Center on June 19 pulled papers and announced plans to challenge Rob McCarthy, a vocational and career specialist for the Wakefield School District, in his bid for a second term as the Ward 2 representative on the Committee. Joseph Grey, who has long been active in school and municipal affairs, is running for the Ward 6 School Committee seat currently occupied by Colleen Leone, who has not made any announcement. In Ward 6, Keith Bernard, a local activist and member of the Malden Democratic City Committee, and real estate agent Michelle Luong will be vying for the seat left open by incumbent Catherine Bordonaro, who will not be seeking another term on the Committee. Meanwhile, School Committee Vice Chair Leonard Iovino is facing a challenge from newcomer Dawn Macklin for the Ward 4 seat. And former teacher and longtime School Committee Member John Froio is being challenged for his seat representing Ward 8 CANDIDATES | SEE PAGE 13 $3.39 $2.45 GALLON GALLON We accept: MasterCard * Visa * & Discover Price Subject to Change without notice 100 Gal. Min. 24 Hr. Service 781-286-2602 CELEBRATING HISTORY: Erga Pierrette held the proclamation of Juneteenth Freedom Day during a special event this past week at the Malden Senior Center along with state and local officials including Mayor Gary Christenson, State Representatives Paul Donato and Steve Ultrino, and city councillors Debbie DeMaria and Neal Anderson. See page 11 for more photo highlights. (Advocate photos by Sara Dunn)

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