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Jovan eyes Alicea

'Serious' in mulling challenge to state rep.

John Jovan. (click for larger version)
April 18, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — He may have made his mind up over the weekend, but on Friday, School Committee Chairman Jack Jovan was talking very much like a candidate when he told the Southbridge Evening News he was "seriously considering" a challenge to fellow Democrat and incumbent state Rep. Geraldo Alicea in November.

Acknowledging a tight timeline (nomination papers are due by April 27), Jovan didn't offer a definitive timeline on making a decision, but said, "I haven't made a decision, yet. I need to talk to my family."

There have been rumblings in recent weeks that Alicea, who has come under criticism as he works to return a Registry of Motor Vehicles branch office to Southbridge, might see a challenger emerge from within his own party.

Two Republicans — Spencer's Peter Durant and Southbridge's Michael Jaynes — have already emerged as potential opponents.

If Jovan jumps in, it could set up two interesting primaries and giving Alicea a roadblock on his way to a third term in the Statehouse.

Alicea was first elected in 2006, when he defeated David Singer of Charlton. Two years later, in '08, he bested former Southbridge Town Councilor Ronald Chernisky, who had unsuccessfully run in '06 against Singer in the Republican Primary.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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