A forum for Quincy Ward 6 city council candidates took place March 23 at the First Church of Squantum, organized by the Squantum Community Association.
Five candidates are running: William Harris, Nathan Knowles, Kevin Mock, Brian Radell and Herbert “Alie” Shaughnessy. The Ward 6 city council seat was vacated after Brian McNamee passed away on Dec. 23, 2015. McNamee had served as city councilor since 2006.
Ward 6 covers Squantum, Marina Bay and parts of North Quincy.
The forum opened with candidate introductions, then had an hour for audience questions and closing remarks. Residents asked about developments in the area, such as C-Mart opening a supermarket, the demolition of the Star of the Sea Church for housing and FedEx buying a warehouse at 500 Commander Shea Boulevard to be redeveloped a ground distribution center in 2018. Increased traffic due to development, lack of communication and pollution were concerns.
Harris is the U.S. postmaster in Woburn. He ran against McNamee in November 2015 and lost. Harris sued Quincy based on a 1943 city law stipulating the first runner up of an election should assume office, with the court date set for today. If he wins, no special election will be held.
Knowles is a project manager and supervisor at the New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center.
Mock is an electrical lineman for the Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant.
Radell is an underwriter for XS Brokers, an insurance firm. He ran for the Ward 6 seat in 2011 and lost to McNamee.
Shaughnessy is president of Alley Cat Crane Service in North Quincy.
Elected officials who attended the forum included state Sen. John Keenan, along with at-large councilors Noel DiBona and Nina Liang.
The preliminary election will take place April 5, while the special election will be held May 3.
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