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Officials turn eye to legislative agenda

November 07, 2010
The votes have been counted, and both returning incumbents and newly elected official will soon begin focusing on state and local issues.

According to State Rep. Todd Smola, R-Palmer, Republicans in the legislature are particularly excited about the party's victories in central Massachusetts. The number of Republican seats in the State House doubled largely due to the successes in the central part of the state and Smola is looking forward to addressing the challenges facing Massachusetts residents with increased support.

State Rep. Paul Kujawski, D-Webster, a 16-year veteran on Beacon Hill, lost to Republican Kevin Kuros, a former member of the Uxbridge School Committee member, and state Rep. Jennifer Callahan, D-Sutton, lost her effort for a fourth term to Ryan Fattman, a Republican selectman from Sutton.

In the 6th Worcester District, state Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, his hoping a recount will turn an election-night two-vote deficit back in his favor. The two-term incumbent is currently behind Peter Durant, a Republican selectman from Spencer.

"The voters have definitely sent the message that they are looking for change, especially in Worcester County," Smola said.

Among the most pressing challenges now facing the new Legislature are problems created by certain elements of the health care law, and Smola plans to promote the revision of plan design restrictions that are currently in place.

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

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