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State legislative ballot is taking form

April 27, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — With Tuesday being the deadline for filing signatures in state legislative races, Southbridge voters can look forward to just one contest this fall.

Two Republicans — Spencer Selectman Peter Durant and Southbridge resident Michael Jaynes — are vying to run against Democratic State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton. A fourth potential candidate, School Committee Chairman John Jovan Jr., said he wasn't running because he'd prefer to focus on school issues.

Nobody took out papers against Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, making this the third straight election in which he's been unopposed since trouncing Jerzy Jachimczyk in 2004 by 30,000 votes.

"We're excited," Durant said after dropping off his last signatures in Southbridge. "At least we've passed that first hurdle, and it now goes to the state. They can accept or reject pages, too. It's quite the process."

Specifically, candidates for state representative needed to file 150 valid signatures to get on the ballot; senate hopefuls needed 300. Those went to the town clerks Tuesday for certification, then the campaigns send them to the Secretary of State's office.

Alicea said he welcomes the competition, seeing it as a referendum on constituent services and "how responsive I've been to their needs."

"This is no different from when I won my seat," he said. "It's up to the people to decide who best represents them."

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

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