Weymouth: Town council candidates gather in meet and greet

The North Weymouth Civic Association sponsored a candidate’s night at the Whipple Senior Center in North Weymouth Thursday night to meet and greet five candidates running for district one town councilor.

The five will be whittled down to just two for the general election ballot to fill a seat left open by District One Town Councilor Francis Burke, who has stepped down.

Although he’s on the ballot, one of the candidates, former Town Councilor Victor Pap, said he’s not actively campaigning because of health reasons.

“I had a significant health scare just a few weeks ago, so I’ve been advised not to undertake any strenuous activity pending some test results and I’m waiting for those to come back. The suspense is killing me – figuratively.”

Candidate Nick Giannone is affiliated with the communist party and believes he’s the best candidate.

“I’m a member of the Communist Party U.S.A. I’m in favor of a democratic form of socialism, not a one party dictatorship. No gulags – no police state. I think that working people should run society in their own interests and in a democratic manner.”

Candidate Becky Haugh said she’s very active regarding the issues in town.

“Well I’m very passionate about the issues that are facing Weymouth. I’m kind of a younger voice for the residents. I’m very active – everything from the Fore River Bridge to Southfield.”

Kevin Harris believes he’s the right candidate because of his vision for North Weymouth.

“I think that it’s important that we not take and just choose somebody because they’re our friend, because we live near them, because we went to school with them, but we choose someone that has a vision that we share.”

Angel Montanez said he cares greatly about the town and the issues.

“I care about Weymouth. I’m very professional and well qualified. Weymouth’s got a lot of issues. I want to take care of some of those issues – look into a few things. I have the time, I have the experience.”

The special primary election is slated for Tuesday September 17.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.