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November 28, 2005

Candidate Questionnaires in the Somerville special election

PDS member Cos reports on PDS's questionnaires and upcoming candidates forum for the State House seat vacated by Pat Jehlen's move to the Senate.  --David

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville (PDS) today posted questionnaires filled out by the two candidates vying for PDS endorsement in the 27th Middlesex special election: Denise Provost and Elizabeth Moroney. (It's not yet clear whether Ward 5 Alderman Sean O'Donovan is running ... sound familiar?  The Somerville News reports that O'Donovan is in the race - but all they really say is that he pulled papers. We'll know who's on the ballot Tuesday night.)

The PDS questionnaire covers a variety of topics including local aid, election reform, police and public safety, the development of Assembly Square, and social divisions in Somerville. And both candidates will appear in person at the PDS November meeting this Tuesday, November 29th, at the College Avenue Methodist Church, 7-9pm. Each candidate will speak for about 5 minutes, then take questions for about 15 minutes, then PDS members will vote on an endorsement. The meeting is open to the public, so if you'd like to get to know these candidates, read their questionnaire responses and come to the meeting.

One measure of how valuable the PDS endorsement could be in this race: The number of volunteer precinct captains in the recent state senate special election who were affiliated with PDS is larger than the number of precincts in the 27th Middlesex.

[disclaimer: I am a member of PDS.]

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Sean O'Donovan is not running. I also I posted the agenda for the PDS meeting on my site if anyone is interested in knowing more about what the meeting is going to cover.

Posted by: Andy | Nov 28, 2005 7:32:03 PM

Andy: yup, I actually wrote this post yesterday (hence the "today" in the first sentence), but had to wait for David to notice and publish it. I got in an update about the Somerville News saying O'Donovan is in, but also my editorial note about not really believing it :)

Posted by: Cos | Nov 28, 2005 8:42:40 PM

If we wait long enough he might be back in lol. I don't O'Donovan looked impressive with his in and out.

Posted by: Andy | Nov 28, 2005 8:49:09 PM

are there any republicans running for the seat? how about a reprise from my high school classmate dane baird? (i really wanted to like the guy, but he just amde it impossible...)

Posted by: jajjguy | Nov 29, 2005 8:31:58 PM

Nope, no Republicans even took out papers.

Posted by: Ron Newman | Nov 29, 2005 10:44:09 PM

And is it turns out, John Roderick didn't submit his papers papers. Today was the filing deadline. That means the only candidate who will be on the ballot on February 7th, is whoever wins the January 10th Democratic Primary, which will be either Elizabeth Moroney or Denise Provost (who got the PDS endorsement this evening). Well, I guess that frees some of us up to start going down to Foxboro after Jan 10th, and help turn that district blue :)

Posted by: Cos | Nov 30, 2005 12:33:49 AM

What is up with O'Donovan? Does he like Hamlet?

Let's see; he was going to run for state senate (oh never mind)

He pulls papers for state rep (oh never mind)

A real profile in courage.

Posted by: the sound of one hand clapping | Nov 30, 2005 10:16:35 AM

This means the February 7 general election will be an expensive, but legally required, formality, with Denise or Elizabeth running against Nobody. (Or against Write-In, but I can't imagine anyone doing that.)

Posted by: Ron Newman | Nov 30, 2005 2:04:02 PM

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