In Vote, Bay State City Opts To Restore Self-Rule
RESIDENTS in Chelsea, Mass., near Boston, voted 60 percent to 40 percent to return their city toward self-rule yesterday, by accepting a proposed charter that drops a mayoral form of government in favor of professional city manager. The vote will end three years of receivership.Skip to next paragraph
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The city's last three mayors had been convicted kof bribery or of lying to a grand jury.
Receiver Louis Spence welcomed the vote: ``I had faith in the people of Chelsea. It was important that the people reject the old-time politics that savaged the city in the past. The vote was proof that the city could overcome divisive ethnic politics.''
``The people apparently came out a lot stronger than expected,'' said alderman Don Jordan, who supported the Vote No group.
``I'm disappointed in the outcome,'' he said. ``I thought the charter should have been revisited.''
The home-rule petition now goes to the state legislature for approval and a new city manager is expected to be in place by next April.