Haller wins fourth council term
Simonds defeated in third straight try
November 7, 2007
By Lee Hammel TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
Reprinted from the Worcester Telegram article
WORCESTER District 4 Councilor Barbara G. Haller swept
into her fourth two-year term on the City Council with 61.9
percent of the vote in yesterdays election.
Ms. Haller defeated Lynne H. Simonds, a founder of the Worcester
Youth Center, by an unofficial count of 1,281 votes to 787.
It is the third straight time she has defeated Ms. Simonds,
who called Ms. Haller at 9:30 last night to concede.
Ms. Haller gave the victory sign and then pointed her fingers
at a band of supporters who gathered at Gilreins, a
blues bar Ms. Haller once owned, at 802 Main St. Our
victory is clear, our victory is decisive, our victory is
you, she told cheering partisans.
Our neighborhoods are what make Worcester great,
said Ms. Haller, who has worked to protect neighborhoods from
problem properties and from being overrun by what she called
unchecked social services.
Asked what her first initiative will be when she begins her
fourth term in January, she answered unabashedly, crosswalks.
She still delights in the recollection of eyes glazing over
when she announced in 2001 that one of her top priorities
would be trash in the neighborhoods.
Ms. Haller believes the key to her success is knowing what
bothers voters, even if its not what makes headlines.
She noted that a 77-year-old woman crossing the street was
hit by a car in Webster Square in the past two weeks, suffering
A dejected Ms. Simonds, who had been confident of victory
this time, said she does not know what went wrong. We
worked hard, she said, but there just seems to
be a disconnect.
She called Ms. Hallers election the will of the
people, and congratulated her and wished her well. Asked
whether she would run again, Ms. Simonds said, Im
really tired. Im going to take a vacation.
In increasing her margin of victory over Ms. Simonds from
271 votes two years ago to 494 votes yesterday, Ms. Haller
lost only one precinct, Precinct 3 in Ward 10 that includes
the Piedmont neighborhood, out of the 10 precincts in Wards
8 and 10. She said that her diverse campaign organization
included Latinos, Asians, Africans, Albanians and Russians.
While many of the issues were the same as two years ago,
Ms. Haller said her increased success probably stems from
the progress she has made in city government over the past
two years. That includes an initiative that is attacking problem
properties in the city and a task force she serves on
studying homelessness in the city.
Among those congratulating Ms. Haller at the celebration
last night were state Rep. Robert P. Spellane, D-Worcester;
School Committee member Jack L. Foley; Frank Kartheiser of
Worcester Interfaith; lawyer Hector Pineiro; Worcester Housing
Director Scott M. Hayman; Ms. Hallers old partner at
Gilreins, Robin Scott; Probate Court official Paul LaCava,
a former city official; and Javian Gutierrez, a Holy Cross
senior Ms. Haller credited with giving her campaign a big