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Posted Friday, September 4, 2009

Candidates' records may steer voters

By Jessica Van Sack
Boston Herald Police
Bureau Chief
The ghastly driving records of several at-large City Council candidates could help voters pare down a vast field of 15 candidates running for four seats, a former councilor and candidate said yesterday.

If you have reams of violations . . . that's someone who's not paying attention to motor-vehicle laws, said former councilor Michael J. McCormack. So how can they justify having someone vote for them?

The Herald reported yesterday that five of the 15 candidates had had their licences suspended at least once, and several had lengthy records of speeding tickets, unpaid citations and other violations.

If its a pattern of ongoing, persistent violations, I think that's a problem, said former City Councilor Larry DiCara, chairman of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. “If you make laws, it’s very difficult to ignore a whole bunch of laws that a bunch of other people made.

Jean-Claude Sanon, 50, had his license suspended a whopping 10 times, according to his RMV record. Tomas Gonzalez, 38, of Hyde Park has had his license suspended three times.

An angry Bill Trabucco suggested yesterday that a record of his 1988 license suspension was in error. But a spokesman for the Registry of Motor Vehicles yesterday confirmed the suspension - and said Trabucco had to show up to a court hearing to win reinstatement.

One candidate with a flawless record, Robert L. Fortes, 40, of Dorchester, said a candidate's ability to follow the rules of the road is emblematic of something broader.

I just really think the more information the voters have, the better,” said Fortes, who resigned his job as assistant general manager for strategic planning at the MBTA to run for the council.

Candidate Sean H. Ryan, a 29-year-old Jamaica Plain resident, yesterday confirmed his RMV record includes a fender-bender in Cambridge in 2004 and an on-the-job accident in Georgia, for which he said he was not at fault.

Published Thursday, September 3, 2009.
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