Today (Apr 30) is the day to vote in local Middleboro elections and the Senate primary.
There are contested races for the Board of Selectman, the MG&E Commission, and I think the Housing Authority.
Where are the Polling Locations for Elections?:
TOWN OF MIDDLEBOROUGH POLLING LOCATIONS
PRECINCT 1 – OAK POINT CLUB HOUSE, 202 OAK POINT DRIVE
PRECINCTS 2, 4, 6 – MIDDLEBORO HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM, 71 EAST GR0VE STREET (RTE 28)
PRECINCT 3 – SOUTH MIDDLEBOROUGH FIRE STATION, 566 WAREHAM STREET (RTE 28)
PRECINCT 5 – MIDDLEBOROUGH COUNCIL ON AGING, 558 PLYMOUTH STREET
At the last two Middleboro Board of Selectman’s meeting – the town clerk presented the BOS with the option to combine the spring town election and the special primary election that is being held this April to fill the seat vacated by Senator Kerry when he accepted the job of Secretary of State.
Here are the applicable videos
Simply put – the way I see it, we have Republicans pushing their agenda on the town. At 57 minutes into the meeting, Selectman Rullo calls out the lame objections for what they are – partisan nonsense.
That’s what I see. What do you see?
Looks like we have four people running for two seats on the Middleboro Board of Selectman:
Ms. Dalpe and Ms. Stewart will be running with political newcomer Donald Jonah of Shaw Street and EMS Committee member John Knowlton for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. Neither Chairman of Selectmen Al Rullo nor Selectman Steven Spataro plan to seek reelection this year.
I’ll be sorry to see Mr. Rullo go. Although I didn’t always agree with him, I think he did a fine job and was very fair, thoughtful, and evenhanded.
Any candidate who asks can have a post on this site – perhaps to introduce themselves to the voters, or to discuss their positions.
In addition to the big race, there are seats open for on the School Committee, Board of Assessors, Housing Authority, Parks Commission, G&E Commission.
School Committee member Sara Cederholm is circulating nomination papers, as is Maureen Franco, a newcomer to elected office who serves on the Community Preservation Committee. School Committee member Michael Pilla Jr.’s term also expires this year.
Assessor Anthony Freitas, Park Commissioner William Ferdinand and Housing Authority member Buddy Chilcot have also taken out nomination papers.
Both incumbents on the Gas and Electric Commission whose terms expire this year, Thomas Murphy and Michael Solimini, have indicated they will seek reelection.
Planning Board member David Maddigan’s term also expires in April.
In 2008, an optimistic Barack Obama took the oath of office with a sincere desire to end partisanship in Washington and work with Republicans and Democrats to change the country and world. Four years later, the GOP has tried to block every initiative good or bad – refusing even to do legislative housekeeping such as raising the debt ceiling.
The blue tie was not a random choice
Rep. Joe Wilson shouted out “you lie” during Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” When Obama was trying to get healthcare passed, GOP senator Jim DeMint said “”If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” – signaling that the GOP was more interested in destroying Obama than crafting a health care law.
The 2009 Obama took the oath of office with a red tie ready to work across the aisle. The 2013 Obama wore a blue tie that says to the GOP – “I’ll do this without you if necessary”. I expect that Obama II is going to be wild ride and that he will make massive use of executive orders and any other means at his disposal to get around a recalcitrant GOP that so far has shown that it is more interested in thwarting Obama than governing the country.
I will also say that the partisanship problems are not completely the fault of the GOP …… just 87.5% their fault.
BOS candidate Leilani Dalpe is having a meet and greet on January 27.
NOTE that I will post anything for any local candidate within reason,