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Alicea, Durant face off

Taxes, jobs take center stage

Peter Durant, left, debated his opponent, incumbent state Rep. Geraldo Alicea, right, last week for the 6th Worcester District state representative seat. The debate was moderated by former state Rep. James Whitney, center. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
October 24, 2010
CHARLTON — Taxes and jobs were just two of the topics candidates for the 6th Worcester District state representative seat debated last week.

Republican Peter Durant and his opponent — incumbent Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton — squared off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. The hour-long debate was held at Charlton Town Hall, and former state representative James Whitney moderated.

They differed on most issues during the debate. Durant, a Spencer selectman, said he would try to get people back to work, which would help them afford health insurance.

"The most important thing we can do is get [people] a job," Durant said.

Alicea countered that he had worked on measures to contain premium costs, but said more work remains.

"We didn't have time this year [to accomplish more reforms]," he said. "We cannot come up with an answer overnight."

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

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