A new mayoral candidate appears to be armed with a bold plan to protect residents and revitalize business in Brockton, but would also include a deal to build a power plant in the city. On Friday, supporters packed Joe Angelos Café to hear Bill Carpenter share details of his campaign. Carpenter, who served two terms on the school committee, says he’s anticipating some healthy debate in the coming weeks about a number of city issues.
“I think I’ve put out a plan, I think we’re going to spend the next six months debating the future of the city of Brockton,” Carpenter said. “I think the future of this city is built around bringing businesses and jobs back into this city, cleaning up our neighborhoods so that parents are willing to let their kids go to the playground, so that senior citizens can walk to the bus stop without being afraid. I think it’s time for us to look at the water plant, the power plant and start running the city of Brockton like a business.”
The one problem he could face regarding a potential power plant deal is that a majority of city councilors are opposed to the project. Carpenter say he thinks that could change.
“If I knock off two term incumbent running on this platform, I think they will understand the message from the voters and they will be ready to work with me,” said Carpenter.
Brockton resident Keith Hayes says he likes Carpenter’s plan, including a limited partnership to build a gas-fired power plant.
“Lets get the power plant here, because we fought this for so long, we’ve cost this city a lot of money, a lot of jobs and a lot of revenue,” said Hayes. “It’s time. It’s been that time for years now and I’m glad that finally someone got up and spoke on it.”
Carpenter is joining a crowded field that includes City Councilor Chris MacMillan and Ron Matta, who are also challenging Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti.