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Town Council challengers debate, incumbents no show

Five hopefuls largely in agreement on key council issues

The five challengers — clockwise from left, Amelia Peloquin, Steven Lazo, Dennis Martinek, Shaun Moriarty and Jean Heid — had the floor to themselves for Saturday’s Town Council debate because incumbents Denise Clemence and Larry Spinelli did not attend. The incumbents reportedly had family commitments, but no one made a formal statement explaining their absence. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
June 12, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Town Council debate resounded with a lot of familiar themes Saturday, June 9, as all of the challengers opined on budget, taxes, the landfill, water issues and the existing council.

The two incumbents up this year, Denise Clemence and Larry Spinelli, reportedly had family commitments and could not attend.

The others — Steven Lazo, Dennis Martinek, Shaun Moriarty, Jean Heid and Amelia Peloquin — tended to have broadly similar views on those main topics, although differed in the details. In general, they agreed that taxes, rates and the trash fines are "not justifiable," the industrial park concept hasn't yet benefited Southbridge, and the current council hasn't been open to citizen involvement as much as they'd like. They generally agreed the town should provide water to its neighbors if it's fiscally beneficial, but also needs new ideas and approaches to problems.

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

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