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Jaynes aims at Alicea

'I think he's become complacent'

Republican Michael Jaynes has his sites on state Rep. Geraldo Alicea’s seat — but first faces a GOP primary against Spencer Selectman Peter Durant Sept. 14. (click for larger version)
April 06, 2010
Brown's recent win, a local Republican threw his hat in the state representative's race to challenge Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton.

"I think I have common sense and I have a big advantage in that I don't owe anybody anything for getting where I am," said Michael Jaynes, a member of the Republican Town Committee, Board of Registrars and Cable Committee in Southbridge. "I'm a fresh look and have no baggage."

Jaynes joins Spencer Selectman Peter Durant on the Republican ballot with about two more weeks left for other potential candidates to add their names to the race. At present, no Democrat has publicly declared their intention to challenge Alicea.

One whose name has been tossed around — and came up during Jaynes' interview Tuesday — is School Committee member Scott Lazo. Lazo, however, specifically rejected such a campaign.

"I seriously considered it, but given my position on the School Building Committee and the building project, I'm not running for state rep," Lazo said, praising Jaynes for his volunteerism for the town.

"Geraldo, for the most part, is well-liked in Southbridge," Jaynes admitted. "I'd be hard-pressed to be critical of him, but I think he's become complacent and it's time for a new face."

Actually, the Republican does have two key issues against Alicea. First, he still disapproves of the Democrat's decision to vote against sending an amendment that would have banned gay marriage to the ballot back in 2007. Jaynes said he thinks the voters should have decided it, but notes he's also "not a fan of the Defense of Marriage [Act]," the federal law barring married gays from getting federal benefits straight couples get.

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