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Put former mayor Concannon down for a "No" and a "Maybe"

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 20, 2008 08:45 AM

7:45 AM

Former Mayor Tom Concannon said he voted "no" on the override this morning, saying that the city's government has numerous structural problems that should be taking priority.

concannon.JPGCould Tom Concannon be striking this pose in the mayor's office again soon? (Globe file photo)

Concannon was less definite on whether his place for the future include another run for the office he held from 1994 to 1998. Mayor David. B. Cohen announced last week that he would not seek a fourth term, sparking a wave of speculation about possible candidates to be his replacement.

Concannon said he believes that the city's financial troubles can be traced in large part to structural problems with the way Newton is governed. The city's charter should be changed, he said, to reduce the size of the Board of Aldermen and to place term limits on both the mayor and the aldermen.

But would he also want to be the first mayor to test those term limits?

"I'm thinking about it," he said.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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