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Two enter race for Council seat

Fontaine, Spinelli take out nomination papers for February vote

December 15, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Two residents have thrown their hats into the political ring to run for the Town Council seat left vacant by Laurent E. McDonald's death last month.

Lawrence N. Spinelli and Gary Fontaine have taken out papers to run in the Special Town Election, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 15, to serve the rest of McDonald's term.

"I recently had the desire to contribute more to the town," said Spinelli, a process engineer at Dexter Russell. "I've served on the Planning Board for 26 years and I decided that I should move up to an elected position. I've followed the Town Council over the years fairly closely and haven't agreed with a lot of what they have done."

Spinelli has also served on the Charter Commission, been a Boy Scout leader and worked on a study to analyze low-income housing in the town. According to Spinelli, experience, even-temperament and the ability to weigh both sides of an issue are what make him qualified for the job.

"Working on the Charter Commission really sparked my interest in town government," said Fontaine, who served on the Southbridge Police Department for 30 years. "I really enjoyed working with others on the commission. I have no animosity towards anyone on the council and I hope to achieve harmony with the town government. I know I won't change the world, but I pledge to give 110 percent."

Fontaine served as the acting chief for the Southbridge Police Department for two years and was a lieutenant for 12 years. He retired from the police department in 2006 and currently works with the Worcester County Sheriff's Department on the Civil Process and Apprehension Unit.

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

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