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Cirba enters 6th Worcester race

Spencer resident says election will be 'an uphill fight'

Robert Cirba. (click for larger version)
February 20, 2011
The 6th Worcester state representative race became more interesting last week as Spencer independent Robert Cirba threw his hat in the ring, and he's "under no illusions" about having "an uphill fight."

"I thought, 'I'm going to take the shot,'" he said. "I knew I'd get flack for it."

As an independent, Cirba doesn't have to go through the primary process, meaning there's currently no contest on either of the primary ballots — Democratic Rep. Geraldo Alicea and Republican Peter Durant. Of course, potential candidates have until March 1 to submit their 150 valid signatures, so that could still change.

"I hope somebody else does jump in the primary," Cirba said, noting the country prides itself on choice.

At this point, the candidate list won't change from one specific direction — Michael Jaynes, a Southbridge resident who ran against Durant last year. During Tuesday's special town election, he was collecting signatures for Durant.

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

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