Happy Halloween ! The Sun Political Column got into the Spirit of the Day and did a TRICK OR TREAT COLUMN
The Treat – A Message Board allowing candidates to post their final words in the last days before the election.
The Trick – At the end of the Column the Sun took shots at Jackie Doherty and all but formally announced Bill Samaras’s intention of running for the School Committee and took shots at the City Manager (property tax increases and a 24% pay raise over 4 years) and the Councilors who support him (comparing them to fawning Nancy Pelosi followers).
In other happenings: The native Lowellians who don’t like the Manager have already begun criticising new Building Commissioner Robert Marsilia who isn’t certified but has impressive credentials and has I believe a grace period to get his certification.
City Councilor Patrick Murphy is getting support from the public on his motion regarding the city primary and asking to resolve issue of requirements for preliminary elections. Better to do that before the spring and before papers are issued. Let’s resolve this now BEFORE we are in the thick of the season.
Jamison Tomasek is a nice guy who is running a clean campaign and just took a cheap shot from a political active union that is in bed with the democratic legislature. Welcome Jamison to MA. Politics!
State Reps. Kevin Murphy , Dave Nangle and Tom Golden all who are running unopposed ran ads in the Sunday Sun asking for votes. Golden also ran ads during Saturday Morning live and was the only one who felt he had to highlight his achievements , while Murphy and Nangle acknowledged they were unopposed but wanted to respectfully ask for your vote.
A shout out of Thanks to the City of Lowell Elections Dept. Manager Gail Cenick who was very helpful in answering a couple questions I had on Friday afternoon at 4:30. Those who knock city workers don’t realize the dedication of most employees.
Eileen Donoghue is taking nothing for granted and along with her supporters were pounding the pavement all weekend rallying people to get out and vote and asking for their support.
I met and spoke with Dracut State Rep candidate George Boag and his wife Thursday night at Jamison Tomasek’s event at Dracut House of Pizza. George is a genuinely nice guy who is very knowledge on state issues. He did share that if he is unsuccessful he will NOT be a candidate for Selectman though some had hoped he would.
Afterwards I stopped next door at Colleen Garry’s Campaign office to wish her well an say hi to my friend Colleens sister Cathy Garry. It’s been a tough year for the Garry family but Colleen has run a strong campaign.
Another name that has popped up for a possible Selectmans run is unsuccessful Senate candidate John Kelly who even after he dropped out received 411 votes. Compare that to already announced candidate Pete Wilde who received only 484 votes in last years Selectmans race and Kelly with some work would make a strong challenger.
With approx. 19797 registered voters in Dracut, wanting 50 to determine Zoning Laws and Bylaw issues at the November Town meeting still seems like a bad idea. Here’s hoping over 250 residents turn out and vote down that proposal.
Later this week I’ll post a column that compares the Lowell Teachers Union Contract against the Greater Lowell Technical Teacher’s Contract. I have been very vocal in stating that the Lowell Teachers Union needed to make concessions and a Lowell teacher friend pointed out that I had never said anything about the Tech teachers contract. It is a very interesting comparison….
Tomorrow I will do my predictions for many of the State and Local races and ask you to post your predictions. Let’s see who is the best prognosticator.