For the record, "Single-payer" is not necessarily "government-paid health insurance". It just means that the government acts as a single-payer of health care to pool the risks and lower the total cost. It may then charge the participants, but that's a separate decision.
"Peter is an outsider who will consider decisions based on the merits and a person's qualifications, not political pedigree," Wilmot said.
Vickery will represent more than 90 communities in the four counties of Western Massachusetts.
"I'm a fresh face with a different perspective and a very new approach," said Vickery, who supports a woman's right to choose an abortion, favors gay marriage and creation of "single-payer" or government-paid health insurance.
Council members often are divided between a couple of different voting blocs, but Vickery is unlikely to take sides. "I'll wait and see which issues come up," Vickery said. "I'll vote my conscience. I won't follow anybody's cue."