See Who Took Out Papers to Run for Town Council President

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Clyde Younger

Clyde Younger

A familiar face in Watertown politics may challenge incumbent Mark Sideris for the position of Town Council President.

Clyde Younger, who had two stints as Town Council President, has pulled papers to run for the top position on the Watertown Town Council. Sideris is running for reelection and former firefighter Bob McCarthy has also pulled papers to run.

Younger said he has not been satisfied with the way the town’s government has been operated.

“After watching a few meetings and seeing the direction of the town, I felt that I needed to get involved in a formal way in order to be heard,” Younger said in an email. “I have some ideas about the use of our deteriorating library buildings, strengthening input into council decisions from the public and improving our infrastructure. I am also concerned about the concentration of power in one or a few people in the community.”

Younger was Council President from 1997 to 2003, and lost to Pam Piantedosi in 2003. He won the rematch in 2005, but then lost to Sideris 2009. Younger also served as a councilor and a School Committee member.

He last ran in 2013, when he lost to Sideris in the race for Town Council President.

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