Thursday, November 17, 2011

We are requesting a recount!
Patch article.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boston Globe article on the Watertown election.


Wednesday, November 10, 2011

The Watertown TAB's headline today is incorrect.

We are still gathering input from supporters on the recount.
Please send reasons for or against.


Tuesday PM, November 9, 2011

I'd like to share some numbers with you:

15 days of campaigning
53 volunteers
1,695 hits to our website (2 from Bentonville, Arkansas, network name: Walmart)
5,000 postcards
91 votes short of being elected

Here is the Election Summary Report

Thank you all,



Tuesday, November 9, 2011

If you are at the polls during peak hours we will be distributing stickers.
Vote using your sticker and remember to fill in the black box next to your sticker as well.
Or write-in: Mike Mandel, 124 Maplewood Street



Monday, November 8, 2011

pre-election film screening:
Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price

7:00 PM

Watertown Public Library
123 Main Street
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

Everyone invited/free screening
Watch the film and learn more about what it would be like to have Walmart in Watertown.

Come meet Mike Mandel, candidate for Town Council at-Large.
Mike will be there starting at 6 pm.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

5,000 postcards were distributed throughout Watertown.
Thank you to all volunteers!

Boston Globe West article about our campaign.

If you have not received one, download yours here.



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sustainable Watertown has endorsed
Mike Mandel for Town Council-at-Large!

We appreciate their support. in an email to it's members dated Nov 5:

"Sustainable Watertown encourages voters to cast ballots in the at-large election only for the THREE explicitly anti-Walmart candidates, who support a vision of a sustainable Watertown: Susan Falkoff, Tony Palomba, Mike Mandel. Mike Mandel is a write-in candidate, and you’ll need to write in his address on the ballot: 124 Maplewood St. Mike is running on a strict No Walmart position, and promotes a sustainable vision for the town economy, its school system, and its park lands."

Today is a busy day for us: 4,000 postcards will be distributed by our army of volunteers to Watertown residents. Also, see Mike's letter to the Tab and the Patch from yesterday.

If you want to help with our campaign here is what you can do:

1. Volunteer to hold a sign and distribute election stickers on Nov 8
we have some slots open, send us an email and we will assign you a position

2. Volunteer to be a poll watcher after 8 pm
we need at least one person at each poll - send Chantal an email

3. Spread the word around about the film screening & meet the candidate:
"Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price" by Robert Greenwald
Monday, November 7 @ 7 pm
Mike will be there starting at 6 pm

4. We still have a few lawn signs left.
If you live on a high traffic street or you know someone, call for a lawn sign. These signs have been great in spreading our message.




Friday, November 4, 2011

Watertown TAB's Q&A with Mike Mandel

Tab Editor Dan Atkinson sent questions to all Town Council-at-large candidates on October 28. Although the TAB did not publish this, here are Mike's answers:

What is the most important issue the next Town Council will have to deal with?

The proposed Walmart will overwhelm Watertown Square with an additional 3,000 cars and trucks daily. Watertown will be in crisis: Walmart will harm local businesses, devalue homes, create light and noise pollution, and become a magnet for crime, a real threat since its location is very near Perkins School, Watertown High and Hosmer Elementary School.

How would you, as an at-large councilor, represent all your constituents equally?

A town councilor represents all constituents best by taking a clear position. I willl make myself accessible to everyone in town to hear every concern. Many times there will be differing opinions and that should be reflected by each councilor’s stand. This discussion furthers the democratic process as a healthy discussion leads to well thought-out consensus.

Does the council have a role in encouraging development in Watertown? If so, what is it?

The Council passed a Strategic Framework for Economic Development this past August. This document, which I support, promotes private investment in different parts of the town that focus on Life Sciences, Information and Media, Design firms and Advanced manufacturing. With good planning we can create jobs, strengthen the tax base, and build the future of Watertown.

What is the council's role in relation to the Town Manager in determining the direction and priorities of the town?

The Town Council is the legislature and the Town Manager the Chief Administrator. The Council takes the lead on long term planning, transparency in spending, promotion of schools, recycling, bike paths, trees, snow removal, etc. The town manager and staff provide the structure and fiscal guidance to realize these projects.

Until this week, there was no contested Town Council election. Is that healthy for Watertown?

It’s healthy! There’s greater awareness of the Walmart proposal. The Tab published each candidate’s position on this issue. This only happened because of my candidacy. I am for economic development. But we have options other than big box retail. Let’s preserve what we all love about Watertown, a real community that attracts families with kids and a great quality of life.


Take a minute and vote on the Watertown TAB poll

Who are you voting for next week?




Thursday, November 3, 2011

hear Callie Crossley interview from September 12, 2011: Wal-mart Redux
Steve Restivo, The Wal-mart spokes person
Tito Jackson, Boston City Councilor
Darnell Williams, President of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
Prof. David Merriman, co-author of a study on Wal-mart's impact on people and business in Chicago


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Take a minute and vote on the Watertown TAB poll

Who are you voting for next week? article:

Watertown resident Mike Mandel runs for council on anti-Walmart platform

Watertown Tab article

Write-in campaign for Watertown council
poses challenge for Mandel




Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Thursday, November 10, 6 PM
Watertown Middle School



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our lawn signs are in.

Send us a request and we will deliver it.


Monday, October 30, 2011

pre-election film screening:
Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price

Monday November 7, 7:00 PM

Watertown Public Library
123 Main Street
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

Everyone invited/free screening
Come meet Mike Mandel, candidate for Town Council at-Large.
Watch the film and learn more about what it would be like to have Walmart in Watertown.



Friday, October 28, 2011

Tab Article lists each candidate's position:

Do you support a Walmart on Arsenal Street?

Mark Sideris Town Council President Would not say
Anthony Palomba Council-at-Large No
Susan G. Falkoff Council-at-Large No
John A. Donohue Council-at-Large Would not say
Stephen Corbett Council-at-Large Yes
Mike Mandel write-in candidate for Council-at-Large No
Angeline B. Kounelis District A Would not say
Cecilia Lenk District B No
Vincent Piccirilli District C No
Ken Woodland District D Would not say

There are 5 candidates running for Council-at-Large. You can vote for up to 4 candidates.
If you are concerned about Walmart coming to town, vote only for the three who are against Walmart.

Mike's name is not on the ballot, you must write it in: Mike Mandel, 124 Maplewood Street.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mike talks to the Watertown Democratic Party committee:
here is his statement about why he is running for Council-at-Large.



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Walmart opponent launches write-in campaign for Watertown council

This is an extensive article the Watertown Tab published about Mike.

Man Running for Town Council to Oppose the Proposed Walmart in Watertown

Another article about Mike's candidacy by the Watertown Patch



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mike's press release announcing his candidacy for Town Council-at-Large.
Watertown Tab publishes the press release. Read the blog.



Monday, October 24, 2011

About 200 people attends the meeting organized by Sustainable Watertown.