Most places in Massachusetts, Wrentham included was quiet yesterday as the primary election featured a limited amount of contested races, leading to low numbers in the polls.
In Wrentham, only the election for US Representative and Democratic candidate for Governor’s Council were contested. A town over in Franklin, a primary for both parties in the race for State Rep. meant more people coming to the polls at Franklin High School and an increase of people outside supporting their candidate.
An increase of attention meant an appearance from GOP Congressional candidate Sean Bielat who spent the day traveling from poll to poll as part of Election Day visibility.
Earlier in the day, the campaign was in Taunton, Attleboro, and North Attleboro with more stops in Needham, Wellesley, and Newton planned after lunch. To get around easier, the Norfolk resident was able to use a supporter’s RV that was hard to miss the campaign signs on the vehicle.
“It’s a nice way to hit all the polls and see people,” Bielat said.
As Bielat made his way though the crowd of sign holders, it was easy to see who was supporting who. One woman who held a sign for Democratic candidates refused to shake Beilat’s hands on the grounds that she had a sign in both of her hands while a Joe Kennedy supporter took the time to talk to Bielat as a gesture to show that members of both parties should talk and work together.
“Anybody standing out I appreciate them participating regardless of party. I do find Democrats who won’t shake my hand, talk to me and that’s unfortunate,” Bielat said. “We all want the same thing, we might have different visions of how to get there but hopefully we all want the county to go in the right direction.”
While at the high school, Bielat touted his background and experience as what makes him most qualified. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Bielat previously directed a $100 million defense robotics program for iRobot and also headed up internet start up One Click Politics.com, a site dedicated to making it easier for people to email their representatives.
“The theme here is I’ve had some success in business and if the number one issue facing us today is the economy it makes sense to have somebody who has experience in business,” he said.
After about of half hours of shaking hands, it was time to leave and repeat the process until the polls closed at 8:00 p.m.
After winning the Republican nomination, Bielat will face Democratic candidate Joe Kennedy III in the general election on November 6.