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Brown rolls victory tour to region

Travels state to thank voters; hears concerns

U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown signs autographs and greets people in the lage crowd that turned out at the Maxwell-Silverman Restaurant in Worcester Saturday. The stop was part of Brown’s victory tour across the state to thank voters and supporters who backed him in the Jan. 19 special election. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
February 01, 2010
WORCESTER — Area residents are issuing marching orders for U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown.

"I want to focus on jobs," said Southbridge resident Alice Shackelford as she loaded groceries into her car at the Big Bunny plaza Sunday afternoon.

Brown, a Republican state senator from Wrentham, defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, in the Tuesday, Jan. 19 U.S. Senate special election. He will fill the seat of the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

In addition to creating more jobs, residents also want Brown to focus on other economic issues. Shackelford said he should work create more tax incentives for small business to open in the state. Ed Ciesluk of Charlton agreed, saying those methods would let businesses hire more employees.

"Jobs is the number one thing," Ciesluk said. "I know a lot of people that are out of work."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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