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Remaining seated

Durant plans to retain selectman's post — for now — if votes stand

Peter Durant. (click for larger version)
November 07, 2010
If he eventually wins a state representative seat, which covers Southbridge, Republican Peter Durant said he plans to retain his Spencer selectman seat, at least for a while.

"I would resign closer to the [Spencer town] election," he said last week. "I would hate to see the town have to go through the expense of having a special election."

Durant's plans would be legal, according to state Election Division spokesman Brian McNiff. No Spencer bylaw prohibits Durant from holding both seats, according to Spencer Town Clerk Jean Mulhall. The seat also covers sections of Spencer and Oxford, and all of East Brookfield, and Charlton.

Election results last week indicated Durant had bested 6th Worcester District incumbent Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, for the seat, but only by four votes. Alicea, however, has said he plans to seek a recount because the vote margin is so small.

First elected in 2006, Alicea is seeking a third term, while a win for Durant, a Spencer selectman, would be his first to a state office.

Durant said he had no plans to hold both seats permanently and would only hold the selectman's seat temporarily, to avoid special election costs. A special election would cost Spencer about $3,500, according to Mulhall.

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

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