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LETTER: Town Meeting Rep Endorses Buck

The following is a letter to the editor.

To the Editor:

 

To my fellow Chelmsford voters – it is time to fish or cut bait.  Being one of many who collected signatures to reverse the effect of the redistricting that occurred over ten years ago to no avail, I challenge you now to take advantage of this one shot we have to get a Chelmsford resident to represent Chelmsford on Beacon Hill. 

 

After September 6th if I hear a single Chelmsford resident complain about the lot we received from redistricting I will ask that person “did you vote for Alex Buck in the primary?” and the answer needs to be “YES”. 

 

Alex is the person who WILL represent us and the entire 3rd Middlesex District. I have every faith in him because I know what he has done and what he is capable of. He has worked tirelessly for Chelmsford in many capacities including:

 

            Town Meeting Representative

            School Building Committee

            Charter Review Committee

 

Alex rode the bus to Beacon Hill to lobby for more Chapter 70 aid for Chelmsford – I know this because we rode together.

 

Alex stood on the Route 3 overpass protesting the lack of sound barriers for our North Chelmsford neighborhood of Twiss, Leedburg and Waterford. I know this because I stood next to him. The sound barrier is currently under construction and we could not be more thrilled for those residents.

 

Alex lives in Chelmsford, has worked in Bedford and Waltham. Alex has dear friends who live in Waltham. He knows this district, he loves it, and he has walked all of it these last several months during the campaign.

 

These are a few things Alex is not:

 

            He is not an attorney

            He has not previously served 14 years on Beacon Hill

            He actually does live in the voting district

 

Alex has the work ethic, the compassion, the reflective ability to serve Chelmsford and the 3rd Middlesex District well.  The only way he can do that is if all of us vote on Thursday September 6th and make that vote for Alex Buck.

Mary E. Tiano

1 Spruce Street

Chelmsford, MA

For disclosure purposes also Town Meeting Rep Precinct 8 and Treasurer of Committee to Elect Alex Buck

Tired August 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Who cares if a town meeting rep endorses Buck. Their word is no different than that of my plumber. 75% of the reps in this town are clueless and bored townies with no power in their day jobs, or lack of a job all together.
Fran McDougall August 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I am a senior citizen, 75 years old and yes, there are days I may be bored and since 2004 I haven't held down a paying job. I do work, however, as a volunteer on many committees and am co-manager of Chelmsford Farmers' Market. I also am very active in the lives of my 8 grandchildren.That's what happens when you retire after spending those years raising 5 childen and teaching in the public schools. Yes, I am one of those who drained the public taxes by working in a government job. Sorry, I am no longer gainfully employed but one thing I am not is clueless, I know that we, as citizens, deserve to have a State Senator on Beacon Hill who will hear our voices as they haven't been heard in many years. I intend to vote for Alex Buck on Thursday, September 6. I believe that not only is he a Chelmsford resident but as MS Tiano so apty recounted,he has certainly established himself as qualified. You can see by his efforts, he is the best candidate to represent us in Boston. Please take a Democratic ballot and make your mark beside Alex Buck's name. We need his voice on the Hill. Fran McDougall Preinct #1 TM Rep. (It wasn't very hard to guess who tired is.) Love my pit bull by the way.
Scott Davidson August 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
So far all I have read is that Mr. Buck lives in Chelmsford, is not an attorney, and has not served on Beacon Hill for 14 years. Is this enough to qualify him to sufficiently represent the voting interests of the Chelmsford community? For example, I also live in Chelmsford, am not an attorney, and have not served on Beacon Hill for 14 years. And there is no way that I am qualified. Please tell me Mr. Buck has other qualifications. Thank you. Scott Davidson
ron johnson August 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Scott, Well said. Fran, I see nothing is your letter that indicates why I should support him. If you can't articulate a reason in your letter, but instead decide to be smug about how you know the identity of tired is, why should your support mean anything to me. As far as living in Chelmsford as a qualification, then I guess that people who do not live in Chelmsford should not vote for him.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Hi Ron, Just to clarify, the letter here was from Mary, not Fran.
ron johnson August 29, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Andrew, No need to jump in I was responding to Fran as you can see by the fact that I replied to her comment. I used letter but meant comment. Fran, why not look me up while you usually do. Andrew, also, please do not fall in the habit of playing favorites with the people who post. Krista was always making sure that her facebook friends were not being attacked.
ron johnson August 29, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Fran, By the way, you could not respond to the comment in an intelligent way so you fell back on, as you usually do, to attacking the person. I may have misused the word "letter" as opposed to "comment" which by the way was clear, but you resorted to as you often do, with an attack on the person rather than the content. I guess that makes you smarter.
Fran McDougall August 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
ron, I merely would appreciate it if you would refer back to Mary's letter as to the qualities possessed by Alex Buck. That is what I was referenciong. Being a resident of this town may make you smart for your good choice for a residence but certainly doesn't make you qualified to hold a political office. People who pay their dues by volunteering to do the necessary work which is needed to make this town such a wonderful place to live and raise our families are the ones we should choose to represent us. Unless you have participated in the system, it is difficult to understand what a wonderful town this is and what dedicated townspeople we have who volunteer their time to make it so. America was built on this type of community togetherness. Come join in and make democracy work. Vote Thursday Sept. 6 for Alex Buck. Peace.
ron johnson August 29, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Fran, You have no idea what I do or do not do in town. I am still waiting to hear what makes him a qualified candidate other than what he is not. And in referring to Mary's letter, not being a lawyer is not a qualification, and as far as working on Beacon Hill, should we relect a new person every election, because the incumbant worked on beacon hill and finally as far as living in Chelmsford, I would say it again, so what, should people in Carlisle not vote for him. The only "qualification" was he was for sound barrriers on route 3. Maybe Mary or you since you support him could actually point to something else other than he seems like a nice guy.
Eileen Cushing-Craig August 29, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I have to say that of all the candidates in the race, Alex Buck is the only candidate who took the time to visit my house, not once, but twice to meet and talk to both my husband and myself. During those meetings, he sincerely seemed interested in understanding the issues that face my family. I expect that he is visiting families in the other towns in the district too, as he should. I don't necessarily think a person needs to be an attorney or experienced in state government to do a good job of representing the people. I think it's far more important that we choose people who seem eager to serve the people and are willing to work hard to do a good job. I haven't totally made up my mind in this race, but I am leaning toward Alex Buck.
ron johnson August 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Eileen, I cannot disagree with your reasons for supporting a candidate. He came through my neighborthood as well. My point was not that someone had to be a lawyer or an incumbent, obviously someone has to win an election first to be an incumbent. My point is that to say someone is not these things is not a qualification.
Eileen Cushing-Craig August 29, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We agree on that point. I tend to listen to my gut and vote for the person, not the party or, in this case, the town he lives in. If I like someone, and they impress me with their enthusiasm, I am not going to hold their lack of experience against them. I understood that you were not suggesting that a person need to be a lawyer or an incumbent. I think it's fine to have new blood in government. I just hope that the eventual winner of the race does a good job of representing all of their constituents.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I think this has gotten out of hand. Closing comments.

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