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First Challenger Pulls Papers for Attleboro Election

Jim Poore says the City Council needs new faces and fresh ideas.

The first week to begin the process toward becoming a candidate in the 2013 Attleboro election featured mostly incumbents pulling papers for potential bids for local positions. Jim Poore of Downing Drive became the first potential newcomer in the election when he pulled papers Friday for the at-large City Council contest.

Poore, who has not run in any previous local election, wrote in an email to Attleboro Patch that he is "pretty sure" he will run for a council seat. He wrote that he has a good support base and received encouraging words from people when he told them he may run.

"I am thinking about a run because I think the City Council needs some new faces and fresh ideas," Poore wrote. "I am a Republican, and even though many on the council are of the same party, I know I can offer different thoughts and viewpoints. I know many residents of the city are tired of the same old, same old of local politics. I am hoping I can start to change that."

All elected city positions—including the mayor's office, 11 city council seats and nine school committee seats—are up for grabs in the fall election. A preliminary contest will take place Sept. 17, if needed. The regular election will be held Nov. 5. Candidates have until July 30 to return papers to City Hall with the required number of signatures from Attleboro residents.

Others who pulled papers (all incumbents seeking renewals of their current positions) this week were:

  • Mayor Kevin Dumas
  • City Clerk Betty Shockroo
  • City Collector Deb Marcoccio
  • City Treasurer Ethel Sandbach
  • At-large Councilor Jay DiLisio
  • At-large Councilor Richard Conti
  • At-large Councilor Peter Blais
  • At-large Councilor Brian Kirby
  • Ward 1 Councilor Walter Thibodeau
  • Ward 2 Councilor Mark Cooper
  • Ward 4 Councilor Jonathan Weydt
  • Ward 5 Councilor Jeremy Denlea
  • Ward 6 Councilor Shannon Heagney
  • At-large School Committee member David Murphy
  • Ward 2 School Committee member Bill Larson
  • Ward 3 School Committe member Chris O'Neil
  • Ward 4 School Committee member Brenda Furtado
Roxanne Houghton February 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM
I agree with Charlie. While I welcome all new candidates, I was disheartened when I read Mr. Poore's statement, identifying himself as a republican. Party affiliation should have nothing to do with city politics. This republican vs democrat business is something that we absolutely should not have to deal with at the local level. This is what I would like to know about Mr. Poore: What is it about our local politics that you would like to change? What are some of your new ideas? What do you see as the role of the city council? Do you feel that the residents of Attleboro are represented properly, given the problems we have with separation of the branches of our government? How do feel about environmental issues in Attleboro? What is your goal as a city councilor? Most people who decide to run for public office, are "pushed" by a certain issue that they feel passionate about. What issue interests you the most? These are the things that I would like to see addressed - not party affiliation.
Jim Poore February 18, 2013 at 02:01 AM
I would like to address Mr. Adler's and Ms. Houghton's concern about my stating my party affiliation in my statement. It was only mentioned because many of the representatives of this city are Republicans, so I wanted to share that I had many of the same viewpoints as other representatives. If I didn't mention I was a Republican it likely would have been assumed anyway. I DO agree that it really shouldn't matter but it does, whether at the local, state or national level. I think people should vote for what they believe, not necessarily for a particular party.
Jim Poore February 18, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Ms. Houghton, I just pulled papers two days ago for a POSSIBLE City Council run. I still need to do a lot of research and homework before I can answer many of your questions. I have heard from several sources they they are tired of the "same old, same old" with local politics, which is one reason why I am considering a run for local office. I think some fresh ideas and new faces are needed. I will say I am brutally honest, and I will tell people my thoughts and viewpoints as opposed to telling them what they want to hear, something that is happening far too often in the political world. I will answer other questions you might have, as well as any other concerns from other residents as best I can. I can be contacted through my Facebook page. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from many of you.
Jerry Chase February 20, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I hope that Jim Poore does run for the Council. I wish him well. Local candidates do get asked the 'party' question in the process of campaigning, usually because the voters are unaware of the non-partisan nature of local contests.
Darren Major May 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM
If you believe what you shared, then you should summarily reject - AttleboroGOP support and funding - that is a true violation of non-partisan elections - lets see what you do

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