Councilor faces challenger after BearCat vote

Last modified: 9/13/2013 10:23:19 AM
City Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton gained an opponent for her seat after voting in favor of accepting a $258,000 grant to purchase an armored BearCat vehicle Monday night.

Kevin Bloom, a lobbyist and brewery consultant, filed to run for city council in Ward 4 yesterday. He said Monday’s BearCat vote was the “driving issue” behind his candidacy and that he’ll run on a platform of “peace and frugality.” He said he personally canvassed Ward 4 before the BearCat vote and the majority of people he talked to opposed the BearCat.

“I felt that my city councilman voted the wrong way and was not responsive to constituents’ emails and phone calls either,” he said.

Bloom, 52, has lived in Concord since 2009. He helped found Rothbard, Stirner and Dobbs, a local lobbying firm, this January.

Grady Sexton, who was elected in 2009, filed for re-election last week. She declined to comment yesterday on Bloom’s specific allegations regarding the BearCat, but she said she takes constituent services seriously.

“I do have an excellent record of constituent services and of responding to all constituents in my ward,” she said. “I have not, in my last three and a half years (on the council), heard from Mr. Bloom on any items that have come before the council.”

Bloom was the only person to file for a council seat yesterday. Jean Barnes, John Williams and Michael Gfroerer all filed to be ward moderators, and Genevieve Van Beaver, Valerie Perkins and Kristina Schultz filed to be ward supervisors. Stan Kelly filed for the position of ward clerk. No one filed yesterday to run for school board.

The filing period for both the school board and city council ends Monday, but petitions will be accepted until Sept. 20. School board candidates can file to run with the school board’s clerk at 104 Pleasant St. City council candidates can file at the city clerk’s office in Concord City Hall on Green Street.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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