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Take My Council, Please: But Will They Notice Me…?

SPRINGFIELD—The skimpiness of the evening’s agenda was no impediment for a lengthy and at times Byzantine City Council meeting.  Though subjects like tax rates, snow removal and parking bans are familiar matters, councilors managed to expend considerable time and summon from the well of procedural

Take My Council Please: To the Riverfront of the Line…

UPDATE 11/21/17 1:21AM: The Springfield City Council approved the bond 12-0 on Monday November 20. SPRINGFIELD—Fresh from elections that returned all incumbents seeking another term, the City Council returned to a session full of finance and riven by accusations of inequity. Among the financial items

Briefings: Council Pres. Ramos Says He’s Cleared for Round 2…

Not 24 hours after the polls closed Tuesday, Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos declared he had the votes to remain Council President for another year.  It was a swift, but not unanticipated announcement. By now it has become habit for Springfield council presidents to

Endorsements on Parade: Effective Council in Springfield 2017…

Springfield has a unique opportunity with so many open seats, all at-large, in this year’s election. It represents a paradigm shift away from the pre-ward representation Council. With nearly all of the (incorrect) institutional memory about the Council’s weakness fading, there is a real possibility

Courting 36 Court: Walsh & the Art of Experience…

Courting 36 Court Street is a series of quick interviews with Springfield’s at-large candidates. **All interviews are edited and condensed for length.** Should she be reelected, Kateri Walsh will become the dean of the Council. Over the years, Walsh has been adept at lining up

Preliminary Glimpse Favors Lederman, Ryan in Springfield…

UPDATED 9/21/17 11:28AM: To include a quote from Ryan. SPRINGFIELD—Amid anemic turnout, voters in the 413’s largest city narrowed its unusually large at-large fields for City Council and School Committee. Incumbents seeking reelection romped in their races, leaving most of the action among who those

Courting 36 Court: Residency, Transitions Stand out for Hurst…

Courting 36 Court Street is a series of quick interviews with Springfield’s at-large candidates. **All interviews are edited and condensed for length.** Justin Hurst says Springfield residents have been clamoring for somebody to speak out and argues he’s been doing just that. Residency remains a

Courting 36 Court: Ashe Eyeing Policing Changes in New Term…

Courting 36 Court Street is a series of quick interviews with Springfield’s at-large candidates. **All interviews are edited and condensed for length.** Three of five current at-large councilors predate ward representation. Two of them are retiring. Thomas Ashe started just as the new council format

Courting 36 Court: Felix Ready to Get into the Game…

Courting 36 Court Street is a series of quick interviews with Springfield’s at-large candidates. **All interviews are edited and condensed for length.** Marilyn Felix says raising her kids kept her from diving into the political arena, but it has always held her interest. Now, changes

Courting 36 Court: Lessons Learned Informs Ryan’s Bid to Return…

Courting 36 Court Street is a series of quick interviews with Springfield’s at-large candidates. **All interviews are edited and condensed for length.** From 1994 to 2003, Tim Ryan served on the City Council through what history might consider Springfield’s most defining time in the last