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McDonald: 'The needs are crystal clear to me'

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Laurent McDonald (click for larger version)
June 19, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Laurent "Larry" McDonald thinks his resume is enough reason for voters to send him back to the Town Council.

The 75-year-old has been involved in town government in some capacity for decades, including 15 years on the Redevelopment Authority, 19 years on the council, 15 years on the Bay Path School Committee and three years on the Southbridge School Committee, plus a variety of appointed jobs.

"When a budget item comes before me, I can say, 'Been there, done that.' The needs are crystal clear to me. The issue is money," McDonald said. "… It will take some serious analyzing to come out of this, because the needs are this long (hands held apart) and the funds are not there."

On June 30, he faces fellow incumbent David Livengood, previous candidates George Chenier, Rinaldo Bernardone, and Ronald Proulx, and newcomers Stephanie DeMartino, Hector Delgado, Dennis Martinek and Denise Clemence for three seats. The third incumbent, Robert King, bowed out of the race May 29.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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