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Races go to the voters

Decision day for town looms Tuesday

As with every election, candidate signs festoon the hillside beside the Rotary, but a few people are not represented. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
June 26, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — After four debates and candidate forums, 15 written profiles, almost as many video blurbs on cable, countless letters and Soundoffs, voters will finally get to decide on Tuesday.

"Don't find an excuse [to avoid voting]; there are no excuses," said Town Council Chair Catherine Nikolla at the panel's most recent meeting. "If you can find five minutes to go to the corner store for a paper or a pack of cigarettes, you can find five minutes to get out and vote."

Obviously, most of the interest will focus on the three contested races. Nine candidates — incumbents Laurent McDonald and David Livengood, previous candidates George Chenier, Rinaldo Bernardone, and Ronald Proulx, and newcomers Stephanie DeMartino, Hector Delgado, Dennis Martinek and Denise Clemence — will vie for three seats on the Town Council. Five seek two seats on the School Committee — incumbents John "Jack" Jovan Jr. and David DiGregorio, and newcomers Martena Shea, Michael Murray and Sean Gilliard. And two seek the normally uncontested town clerk's job — incumbent Madaline Daoust and John Pulawski.

Three other seats are up for election, all of them unopposed. Holly Christo hopes voters will confirm her appointment last year to fill a vacancy on the Redevelopment Authority. Larry Boutillette is seeking re-election to the Housing Authority. And nobody returned papers for Southbridge's seat on the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational Technical (Bay Path) School Committee, although Andrew Gresenz did take them out.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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