The two contested ward council races are essentially polar opposites, with a former councilor challenging the incumbent in a rematch from 2011 in Ward 2, while two first-time candidates are squaring off in Ward 5.
In Ward 2, Melissa Cox swept past then-incumbent Ann Frontiero Mulcahey to take the seat based on her commitment to move the ward forward both in terms of opening the door to positive new development through a Fort hotel overlay district, and in tackling day-to-day ward issues and needs.
By all counts, she has done that and more in responding to residents’ concerns and dealing with the many big-picture issues confronting Gloucester’s busiest district. And she clearly deserves re-election to a second term.
In Ward 5, both Scotadam Chernov and William Fonvielle have been campaigning on the idea of improving services to their ward, including a revitalization of Magnolia and a long-term solution to fire coverage.
But while Chernov has brought great energy and commitment to the campaign, Fonvielle has the experience on the Planning and Implementation Review Committee and in community service with Cape Ann Symphony and Gloucester Stage to best address the ward’s and city’s needs. He’s been especially praised as a good listener; that means he will also make a good councilor, and deserves election Tuesday.