On Asselin, Hurst, and segregation

The city’s License Commission has turned down an application from Chris Asselin, the one-time state rep turned convicted felon, to sell used cars in the city.

Sometimes the jokes write themselves.

Not so funny is the fact that Commission member (and Ward 8 City Council candidate) Orlando Ramos had to abstain from voting because, as the Republican’s Pete Goonan reports, “he was contacted by Asselin multiple times before the hearing, with Asselin asking questions and seeking his support.”

• Another Council candidate, Justin Hurst, officially kicks off his campaign today with an event at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club from 5 to 7 p.m. Hurst, the son of former School Committee member Marj Hurst and one-time mayoral candidate Rick Hurst and the husband of current School Committee member Denise Hurst, is running for an at-large seat. Check out his website for information about his campaign.

• Finally, Goonan (busy man, he) also reports on yesterday’s City Council subcommittee meeting to discuss a new report showing deep racial segregation in the Valley. Attendees, Goonan notes, called for “regional strategies” to address the problem. Unfortunately, the meeting was light on participants from outside Springfield.

Author: On Springfield

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