Ward II Race

Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

November 1st, 2017, 6:15 pm #41

The GDT has an article about the Ward 2 race which interviews the two candidates.

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... af1fc.html
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

November 4th, 2017, 9:17 am #42

GDT write-up from the Ward 2 debate...

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... 649ee.html
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Joined: November 5th, 2017, 8:05 am

November 5th, 2017, 8:20 am #43

Ken Hecht seems like a very nice guy who is making connections all over the city and on social media. I don't think it would be wise to vote a wealthy real estate developer and newcomer on to the city council this term. I sincerely question his motives.

From the website of Hecht Development http://hechtdev.com/corporate.html:

Kenneth W. Hecht
Principal

As the key Principal of the firm, Kenneth W. Hecht is primarily responsible for the identification and evaluation the Company’s acquisitions, the development of the properties, the securing of acquisition and permanent financing and overseeing the leasing of the properties. Ken’s extensive commercial real estate experience includes Property Acquisition, Investment Sales Brokerage, Investment Analysis, Property Management, and Leasing. Ken has been in the commercial real estate business since 1986. Ken’s recent experience has been as founder and President of The Hecht Company, a Retail Brokerage and Development firm founded in August of 2001. The Hecht Company completed 4 Million Square Feet of Wal-Mart transactions on behalf of Wal-Mart. In December of 2006, Hecht Development was founded in order to further focus on the development of the firm's equity portfolio. 

From 1991 to 2001, prior to founding The Hecht Company and then Hecht Development in 2006, Ken rose to Senior Vice President and Partner at CB Richard Ellis Whittier Partners, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. There he founded the Retail Advisory Group, which specialized in the sale of large retail investment properties. While at CB Richard Ellis Whittier Partners, Ken sold or leased over $500,000,000 worth of commercial real estate including over $100,000,000 of retail assets. Ken has completed a number of complex joint ventures, 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, long term ground leases, land sales for hotel development and leasehold interest sales. Ken’s largest retail investment sale was $32,000,000. While a partner at CB Richard Ellis Whittier Partners and previously at Coldwell Banker Commercial, Ken received a number of awards including the CB Richard Ellis Whittier Partners Team Player of the Year Award, the CB Richard Ellis Navigator Award for Retail Advisory Excellence, The CB Commercial Rookie of the Year Award for the Northeastern United States, The Coldwell Banker Commercial Top 5 Award, and the Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club Award from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. Prior to being in the commercial real estate business, Ken had his own time management training company for 3 years with clients which included GTE, National Semi-Conductor, Motorola, John Hancock, Prudential, Mutual of Omaha and Century 21. While running his own company, Ken achieved numerous production awards on a national basis. Prior to the time management business, Ken was an engineer working on high-level industrial projects across the country including the construction of a liquid natural gas importation terminal control tower in Everett, Massachusetts, a position that first brought him to Boston from the mid-west.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

November 5th, 2017, 8:49 am #44

I think Ken Hecht is a solid candidate.

Let's not assume suspicious motives just because somebody is a newer resident of Gloucester.
And because they have a lot of business experience.
Last edited by DM3194 on November 5th, 2017, 1:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: September 1st, 2012, 8:06 am

November 5th, 2017, 8:53 am #45

I agree with DM - people can be so backward/reactionary in their thinking.
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November 5th, 2017, 10:41 am #46

battlingignorance wrote: I agree with DM - people can be so backward/reactionary in their thinking.
Not backward or reactionary, just cautious. Note that I said that I didn't think Hecht should be voted in this term. It appears that he plans on sticking around for a while. In the interim, I'd like to see more of what he promotes on the various committees that he sits on. Joe Giacalone is a solid and established candidate with strong ties to the Ward II community who I think understands the complex needs of this diverse and vulnerable community.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

November 5th, 2017, 11:48 am #47

AreWeStillHere....

You do seem a tad reactionary to me.
newcomer....wealthy.....motives.........

You don't say a word about the positions of the candidates.
Just the fact that you are very suspicious!

We have two very good candidates in Ward 2.
I think you can support your guy without pigeonholing his opponent.
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

November 5th, 2017, 12:05 pm #48

Being from Glosta should not be a requirement to run for office. Giacolone senior was a local and was responsible for ruining middleton playground and he wasn't the brightest bulb on the tree.
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Joined: August 20th, 2007, 10:17 pm

November 5th, 2017, 12:25 pm #49

The list of Hecht's accomplishments looks pretty impressive. Only in Gloucester would accomplishments like those listed be considered a liability.

Maybe AreWeStillHere could provide a list of Hecht's opponent's accomplishments so we could make a comparison?
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