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House sale brings town clerk under fire

State Republicans question integrity of 6th Worcester election

Madaline Daoust. (click for larger version)
April 25, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Secretary of the Commonwealth is "taking under advisement" a request by state Republicans to run the 6th Worcester District election in Southbridge after allegations surrounding Town Clerk Madaline Daoust.

Last week, reports revealed that Daoust had been in the process of selling her Poplar Street home to Angel Miranda, a key witness for State Rep. Geraldo Alicea, at the same time the court case surrounding last November's recount was in court. According to town assessing records and the Registry of Deeds, Miranda purchased Daoust's home Jan. 27 for $175,000, about $2,500 more than its most recent assessed value.

On the stand, Daoust never mentioned the ongoing sale, and was never asked about it, but did vaguely indicate she did know at least who Miranda was.

In a letter to Secretary William F. Galvin, Republican Chairman Jennifer Nassour asked him to "intercede in the upcoming special election in the 6th Worcester House District to ensure the integrity and honesty of the election in the Town of Southbridge. Recent troubling revelations raise serious questions about the Town Clerk of Southbridge and the election process in that town."

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

Janines Frostee
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