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Alicea to run for a third term



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State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, plans to seek a third term. File photo. (click for larger version)
August 29, 2010
CHARLTON — State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, is going for a three-peat.

The 46-year-old sophomore legislator said last week he plans to seek a third term to his Sixth Worcester District seat in the state House of Representatives. While he has already started campaigning, he plans to make a formal announcement after he finds a campaign headquarters.

"Even during the tough times we have been facing, I think we have made some great accomplishments," he said of why he decided to seek another term. "I still feel I have a lot to contribute to this district. I love the job. I love the people I represent."

His district includes Charlton, East Brookfield, Southbridge, and parts of Oxford and Spencer.

While Alicea has no Democratic challenger in a primary race, he will face the winner of the Sept. 14 Republican primary: Peter Durant, a Spencer selectman, or Michael Jaynes of Southbridge. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Alicea won re-election in 2008 when he defeated former Southbridge Town Councilor Ronald Chernisky.

Alicea said he does not anticipate a difficult challenge from either Jaynes or Durant because voters recognize the commitment he has shown to the district.

"If people just look at what I have done during my first two terms … the feedback I have been getting from door knocking … that's my reassurance that people do like the work I'm doing."

Alicea said he was instrumental in bringing Westfield State College's new criminal justice program to Southbridge, as well as a satellite campus of Worcester-based Quinsigamond Community College. He proposed a now-approved law banning the sale of novelty lighters statewide. Alicea has been instrumental in bringing a branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles back to Southbridge a year after the agency closed its former branch at the Big Bunny plaza. He also worked on legislation regulating the use of cell phone by motorists.

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

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