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Lara asks forgiveness for crash, driving when she shouldn't have

City Councilor Kendra Lara (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) today apologized and sought forgiveness for her June 30 car crash, in which she veered off Centre Street in Jamaica Plain and into a house, after which police issued her a summons for driving an unregistered and uninsured car with a suspended license.

In a statement today, Lara also indicated she will not step down:

We are all accountable for our actions, and I am no different, which is why I offer my sincerest apologies to everyone, especially the people of District 6. As an elected official, I've worked hard to center the dignity and humanity of my constituent. Today, I ask you to also see mine as I work to correct my mistake.

As your City Councilor, I will continue to steward our collective vision at City Hall and work hard to earn and maintain your trust. The grace you've shown me is a testament to the strength of our beloved community, and I intend to continue earning it.

Lara also thanked family, friends and neighbors who helped her and her son Zaire - who required several stitches and whom police say was not properly fastened in a child seat - as they recovered.

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She was driving with a revoked license, expired inspection, no registration, likely not insured and having her child improperly seated resulting in minor (and depending on another type of collision, could've been much worse) injury requiring stitches.
She needs to be held accountable for all of those infractions.
I say that as a Boston liberal democrat.

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She messed up, we all have ... but wtf is she doing bringing all this religious connotation into it? Good gawd... grace... testament? Just own it girl.

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Which year of driving without a license were you referring to when you say "she messed up"?

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Bit shouldn't oppo research have divulged that?

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Mary Tamer was too nice of a person to do oppo research?

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Tamer ran a racist campaign attacking the other candidate with quite audible “dog whistles” that is clearly not the reason.

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Still amazed Dempsey didn’t find out that Dizoglio spent time praying away the gay.

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Can the gnomes and their hammers give the ability to delete a comment, Adam?

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She didn't mess up. She knowingly got behind the wheel of a car while her license had been revoked. She makes no mention or claims of not knowing her license was revoked because she was well aware that it was. She knew exactly what she was doing and did not care that she was breaking the law. She also did not care that her kid was not properly seated in the car. She needs to do more than own it. She needs to resign.

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My English teachers always taught that passive voice is poor writing.

Specifically because it avoids attributing responsibility. The thing she claims to want to do.

“In formal discourse, the passive voice is unacceptable if it is being used to avoid saying who did some thing. There are two instances when this typically happens. The first involves an attempt to avoid first or second person. The second derives from a lack of knowledge or research.”

https://www.usu.edu/markdamen/WritingGuide/CGGS/400passiveintro.htm#:~:t...

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n/t

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I've reread the article, and can't find a single use of the passive voice, either in Lara's statement or in Adam's text.

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Right in the first sentence “…Zaire and I were involved in a car accident.”

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I am ground down by necessity; somewhat reluctantly I will concede that that is in the passive voice. I will now go after your English teacher. The usual transformation of that clause into the active voice yields "A car accident involved Zaire and me." Is that less evasive, or more direct, than the original?

I must stand up for the honor of the passive voice. Should "his hands were drenched with blood" be replaced with "blood drenched his hands"? If I read that, I would think that the writer was overly influenced by his English teacher. By the way, that last clause was in the passive voice. Your English teacher would prefer "the writer's English teacher overly influenced him". Do you remember the phrase "Now we are engaged in a great civil war"? Would this be better rendered "Now a great civil war engages us"? Maybe English teachers in Kentucky in those days hadn't learned the evils of the passive voice.

Personally, I think that a great many things are better expressed in the passive voice, but what do I know? I am lost to this world.

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Or maybe "I crashed a car into a house while driving my child Zaire. I have no insurance, and my license was revoked because ..."

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is in the passive voice. While I agree that the passive voice can be used to avoid taking responsibility for actions, it is often just how we say things. The fact that you tried to provide an example of how she could have spoken more actively presented a passive statement just shows the extent to which this is a silly point of critique.

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It’s not the passive vioice per se that’s the issue; it’s the use of the passive voice in the exonerative context.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistakes_were_made

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She offers her "sincerest apologies" because she's accountable?

That's not taking responsibility for almost a decade of illegal behavior, that's easy, fluffy words because she finally got busted. It's not even a full apology, but a nothingburger apology, without the meat in the middle. What's she going to do for restitution? What's she going to change in her behavior? She skips right from regret to forgiveness, do not pass remediation or restitution.

We'll see if there's some accountability on June 19th. Maybe she can "center the dignity and humanity" of everybody else on the road in her hearing with more than a facile press release... but it sure looks like she'll have to be dragged kicking and screaming (about trust and grace, naturally) to it.

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Something about this Counselor really gets you, huh sock puppet? Taking a lotta time out of your busy schedule to cry all over UHub about Counselor Lara. What is it about women of color in power that get sock puppets here and on Twitter so worked up?

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No, the letter writer just does not like hypocrites and fakes. Their letter was very well written, and you did not address a single point they made.

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Always great to start with the race card, emac. You got any others in your deck?

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Somehow Ruthzee Louijeune, Julia Mejia, Gabriela Coletta and Tania Fernandes Anderson all manage to serve on the Council without endangering the public.

And while they don't serve on the Council any more, Sen Lydia Edwards, Rep Ayanna Pressley, AG Andrea Campbell, former Mayor Kim Janey and Mayor Michelle Wu all manage to not drive unlicensed, unregistered cars into houses.

This is not a mess-up. This is almost entirely within her control. It's possible she borrowed a car from someone which had a lapsed registration. But she hasn't had a license for a decade? Does she ride a bike and take the T everywhere?

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I didn't see Sock Puppet write anything negative about Julia Mejia, Ruthzee Louijeune, Tania Fernandes Anderson, or Mayor Wu. Is it possible the objection is to this individual's behavior, and not her demographics?

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But, for me, if we found out 5-Car Flaherty doesn't have insurance or registration on any one of his cars or a valid license to drive them, then I'd expect him to leave in disgrace too....and he doesn't even need to cause a crash with a young kid not in a proper, legal car seat for me to feel that way.

Hell, maybe Lara's crash got him wondering if anyone's going to start asking about the lack of plates on Car #4 or something which is why he's leaving...who knows? But if it is, then he's doing the right thing by stepping down ahead of being found out.

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I wouldn't have thought any more or less of a city councilor who broke the law daily for a decade, and then tried to avoid responsibility for his or her actions, and who was of any different national origin or ethnicity. If it were a person who had grown up with all the advantage of wealth and privilege - which it appears Lara did not - then I would probably think less of that person.

Having a temporary lapse in something - inspection sticker, insurance, even license - is understandable, if disreputable. Doing it for a decade is shameless.

I would like our city councilors not to be shameless.

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Even if Lara got a license at this point- it'd be suspended another 60 days for this offense

Driving around for 9 years sans license/ insurance is more than the "oops" offense her and her supporters want to make this out to be

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Seriously?! All you’re focusing on is race and not the other six laws that were broken including child endangerment. I’d say you’re the real racist here.

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I think any driver that does this should lose their ability to re-apply for a drivers license for at least several years. And once back licensed, they should face a probationary zero tolerance period, mess up, back on the license suspension.

Of course, that all assumes that BPD does any amount of serious traffic enforcement (Hint: they don't!) that would've addressed reckless, unlicensed driving like this.

Man, imagine if we licensed cyclists too? Look how good it worked here!

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Or are you suggesting we should remove licensing, registration, inspection, and restraint laws for vehicles?

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I'm suggesting not licensing cyclists (keep those laws though!)
Keep the current setup of licensing/registration/inspection/laws for motorists.

Hold BPD accountable for ignoring traffic enforcement, I find it hard to believe that Councilor Lara drove without a license for several years with this crash being the first instance of reckless driving.

You want to expand the bureaucratic state to include 4 year olds registering and insuring their push bikes. Little strange since you strike me as a limited government fan, I might be wrong though.

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Her license was revoked. It wasn't like she never had one and can just go to the RMV to get one. The RMV took it away from her and hopefully they won't give it back to her any time soon. She had no business driving that car that day.

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She should step down. Actions have consequences. They also show who a person is. She is not fit to be in office.

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How could a City Councilor EVER think it is under any circumstances OK to be operating an unregistered and uninsured car?

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It wasn't her car.

The other day I drove my friends to the airport in their car and then drove it back to their house. I didn't check the sticker on the plates...or the inspection sticker...or ask them whether it's fully insured before I got behind the wheel. Who does that? If I noticed any of that, I might say something to them...and I might stay on them about it if a new sticker doesn't appear in due time, etc. But nobody goes all "license and registration, please" when using a friend's car especially if you have your own insurance.

Of course, we know she probably didn't have her own insurance either since she didn't even have a valid license. And since she's willing to shirk that law, even if she knew it was uninsured and unregistered, I think we have enough reason to suspect she didn't care.

But if I could find myself in the same situation even for different reasons, I can't exactly condemn someone for that in my view.

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Also, nice job overlooking the suspended drivers license.

Honestly why make excuses for someone in power.

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I would assume if someone lent me a car or asked to borrow mine, both parties would be licensed and legal to drive.

But no way am I going to be a passenger in a car of someone who lost their license and I'm sure as hell not going to loan a car to someone in that spot.

The fact she lost her license and skipped court appearances is probably the biggest violation in my book.

The fact her friend had an unregistered car is a separate, serious problem.

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Having an unregistered car isn't an issue if it is just sitting in your private driveway/garage and not being loaned out to unlicensed drivers.

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In many MA cities (Medford certainly, probably Boston) it's against zoning code to leave an unregistered car exposed on private property in an area zoned for residential housing. The owner of that lot risks getting a fine.

Of course, that's vastly preferable to loaning that car to someone who's had their license revoked.

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I've never heard of that existing in Medford - or being enforced outside of, say, Andover where they obsess over it.

Never was an issue for Medford that we had a "seasonal" car for a while, or when we had cars that we had taken off the road pending donation. I know several people who kept an old car on their driveway without plates for their college students to use during the summer.

It is a violation to keep one on the street, certainly. But even then it is tough to do anything about it unless it is clearly abandoned. See also "the Man Cave Jeep of Boston Avenue".

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It's Sec. 38-35 of Medford municipal code. Here's a link to that section. Look at subsection (b):

No unregistered or inoperable motor vehicle, boat, trailer, camper or recreational vehicle shall be stored in the front yard, which is 15-foot setback from the property line, of the residential district.

I know this because I sometimes read the Medford code violations and people get formally reported from time to time.

The inspectors don't go around town looking for violations like this but if they get a report for someone will visit the address.

I remember that Boston Ave jeep well. It would move around from time to time, at least moving a few feet.

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I say this with a perfectly straight face ... One of my favorite things about reading Universal Hub is the minutia of things like little unknown Medford municipal codes.

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How is it "accountability" if one is not subject to any concrete consequences for one's actions? The only responsible thing to do is to resign. But that would never happen of course because Lara would subsequently find herself flat broke given her lack of qualifications for any kind of employment outside the 5th floor of City Hall. Her resume prior to her election points to that being the likely outcome for her. So she apologizes and holds on for dear life. Not unlike her best buddy, Ricardo Arroyo. Of course she'll be given a pass by the good people of JP given the fact she "centers" equity, blah blah blah

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As someone who posted earlier on this story that she needs to face consequences for her multiple infractions, I wouldn't say that it includes needing to resign from an elected position.
Any consequences that be handed down upon any private citizen wouldn't make it that the person should be made to quit his/her job, would it?
You're bringing politics into it.
I don't like anything about what she did in this story but that doesn't mean she's not capable of her job.

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Remaining in office with that slew of violations? No calls for resignation? What would the rhetoric be if Erin Murphy did this?

This is known as black privilege.

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This statement is about 10% “sorry” and 90% “I’m not going anywhere.”

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Most of our elected representatives prove through their actions that they believe that they are not bound by the same by the same rules that the rest of us live under.

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100% of the "I'm not going anywhere" is actually "Don't even think of either filing papers to challenge me or supporting someone who does because you will be one very sorry sonofabitch"!

Ok, there could be 1% of "My city, my rules. They are for thee and not for me."

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put together well enough to become a city councilor, yet an entirely dysfunctional mess otherwise.

Of course this isn't limited to city councils. Aliens would probably think insanity was our most important perquisite for any elected office in our society.

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The headline is misleading - she asked for forgiveness, but never mentioned that she was driving without a license in an unregistered, uninspected vehicle.

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is a criminal offense. my husband got pulled over for going straight in a right turn only lane and discovered that his license had expired the month prior. he did not realize it because they stopped mailing reminders. no excuse, but nonetheless, he UNWITTINGLY drove on an expired license. And we were told if I was not in the car too and could take the wheel, they would have impounded the car and he could have been arrested

SO WTF on her just walking away from this.

Also, we waited a week for this sh*t apology? She didn't make mistakes. She made terrible decisions. She does now show good judgement whatsoever. For me, that's relevent to her ability to be a city counciler.

Resign. You are beyond redemption, and your lack of accountability in addressing this is shameful.

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I don't live in JP but as someone who is particularly at risk from people like that, go fuck yourself, Lara.

You are the reason why we have to spend all this money redesigning roads. You are the reason why people needlessly get injured just going about their day and are stuck with unexpected medical bills and high insurance rates.

You're a selfish fool and don't deserve an ounce of sympathy.

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By blaming bad drivers you are letting 70 years of bad design choices off the hook.

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apologize to the owner of the house she crashed into? And I wonder how repairing the damage will work, given that she had no license so wasn't insured.

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Convict her of a crime and then force her into the labor of fixing it, as our 13th Amendment allows.

God Bless America. Ain't our constitution great?

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Good grief, what strong anger over the Councilor's crash and her child's stitches! Yes-yes, it could have been terrible, but judging from reports, it really wasn't.

Last time I loaned my car, the last thing I said was "Oh, and by the way, the registration is in the glove box-just in case."

As a resident of Lara's district, I am willing to forgive her foolhardy behavior and the harm she caused; however, I hope to vote for an alternative candidate in the upcoming primary.

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You are someone who relishes the exemptions that allow you to force black people into slavery. That is far more reprehensible than anything she did.

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She has yet to say she crashed a car into a house. It’s the most generic apology one could give.

And it took her almost a week to write it.

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https://www.universalhub.com/2023/really-smashing-wall-jamaica-plain#com...

I suppose there could be an investigation
By Waquiot on Mon, 06/05/2023 - 9:56am.
But it would appear that you are just going to skip that step and go straight to sentencing.

Remember the car that hit the porch of the triple decker on Washington Street in Roslindale a few months back killing a guy. So many people on this website were ready to throw the driver in jail. It turns out that there were charges, and when the guy who wasn't driving the car was charged, we found out that the driver of the car who hit the porch wasn't exactly at fault.

It's so weird not to see your usual zeal for car apologia and calls for waiting for an investigation. The police only issued her a summons for driving an unregistered and uninsured car with a suspended license.

If she is in fact at fault, I'd like to see a hefty years long block from being able to re-apply for her driver's license. Do you feel the same?

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do nothing but add insult to injury. What is the vetting process to run for a seat on the City Council in our city? Let's start with the question "Do you have a valid driver's license?" Look at all of the embarrassment ( to our city), property damage, and personal injury (to a young child) that could have been avoided with just one question. Because then, it may have been discovered that she was a no- show to court for another traffic violation, and has been driving without a license since 2014! I would hope that would have disqualified her or anyone from running in the first place.

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provided that you don't, in fact, drive or intend to drive.

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This is nothing more than a typical non-apology. She claims to be apologetic but does not say how she will be holding herself accountable. It's just a load of BS because she got caught. The only way to truly hold herself accountable would be for her to resign. She knowingly drove on a revoked license, without insurance and put her own child's safety in peril by not properly seating him in a required booster seat. She does not care about rules or laws and should not be holding a position where she is allowed to make rules and laws for others. She needs to resign if she really wants to be accountable for her actions.

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How can anybody justify continuing to support her?

I understand that she represents a set of views that many in this city share, but aren’t there others in District 6 that don’t have as much toxic baggage?

On this incident alone, she committed a crime by getting behind the wheel of a car while knowingly having a revoked license. That revocation didn’t come out of the clear blue sky. She knew she was not legally allowed to drive and yet she put her constituents and, more importantly, her own child at risk.

The fact that the car wasn’t registered, insured or inspected is the fault of its owner, but Councilor Lara makes repeated references to driving on her Twitter feed and has reportedly been driving to city hall. Whose car is she driving?

This comes at the end of a long string of concerning reports about her (allegedly filming inappropriate videos with her child present, her comments about zionists, standing by Arroyo, etc). If I lived in her district, I’d be embarrassed to have her as a representative.

For her allies on the council, most notably Tania Fernandes Anderson, to celebrate her day late and dollar short “apology” and to paint her as a victim should boggle the mind of any reasonably intelligent person.

For the mayor to once again not step up and show leadership, it reflects poorly on her as well.

District 6 deserves better, and so does the city.

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Not with that weak, half ass apology.

D6 voter.

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Another shining example of why Boston has the city council it deserves.

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Our city council now includes:

Arroyo: fined for ethics violations, and likely has more fallout coming from the Rachael Rollins thing.

Fernandes Anderson: past ethics violation for hiring her sister and her son in city positions in her office. Married to a convicted murderer who is currently incarcerated. Hopes that you never bring up that fact, despite previously arguing his innocence before running for office.

Mejia: decided it would be a reasonable thing to go on Facebook live next to a homicide victim in the middle of a crime scene. Just let that sink in.

Lara: had a revoked license for a long time but probably drove to work every day. Did not have a child in a child seat and crashed her car, and is damn lucky that she did not hit a pedestrian.

Now here is the kicker. All of these people should not be in office any longer. If you told me that all four of them will get re-elected, I would not be surprised in the least bit.

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City councilors don't have much say in actual policy or city governance.

I used to be skeptical of the "strong Mayor" style of government most MA cities use but I've come around to think it's preferable to having a powerful council given the types that get elected to them.

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You’re forgetting Walsh is no longer the mayor, right?

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Our mayors rise from the same ranks.

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She's ever used the "Do you know who I am" line?
She gives off that type of vibe.

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Aren't the known facts of the case enough, without making up stuff based on an imagined "vibe"?

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The nerve of me.

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She’s up for reelection in November.

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Luckily, there are some candidates in the race who could give Lara a challenge. One of Bill King and Ben Weber will face Lara this fall, and hopefully enough D6 residents have had it with Lara's shenanigans that they get more votes.

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I’ll be voting anyone but Lara. She makes 6 figures but cannot properly secure her young child? That’s what pusses me off the most.

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We are all accountable for our actions, and I am no different,

Well, you sure are acting different.

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