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October 29th, 2013

2013 Municipal Election Guide

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartHere we will provide links to stories about this year’s election. Check back often for updates.

Latest Update: Tuesday 3 pm -Endorsements added: Board of Education; Tax Collector, Treasurer, and Town Council; Mayor

Tuesday 11 am – video of speeches by Michael Gugliotti, Neil O’Leary and Bridget Dunn

 

1. Wolcott Ballot  – Here’s where you can see who’s running for each office and where their name will appear. Be sure to scroll down on the link to see BOTH sides of the ballot!

2. Not registered to vote yet? You can still vote in this year’s Election. Go to Town hall on Tuesday between 6 am and 8 pm with proper ID. Your ballot will be counted separately pending verification of your identity.

3. Want to meet the candidates and hear them speak? Tom Dunn and Michael Gugliotti each are holding wrap-up rallies Sunday. Republicans will join Dunn at the VFW at 6 pm. Democrats will join Gugliottiat J&M Pizza  at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served at each event and the public is invited. This may be your last chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions in person before Tuesday.

4. Name That Job – Do you know what a Town Treasurer does? How about a Zoning Board member? Click on this link to see descriptions for each elected official and what skills might be good for those candidates.

5. Go to WLCT96 to see candidates talking about why they are running. They presentations were at the annual Meet The Candidates night sponsored by the Junior Womens’ Club.

6. The Mayor’s Race has been the most competitive in ten years. Here’s a snapshot of that race. Profiles and links to candidate websites where you can see the candidate’s platforms in their own words, are below.

7. The race for Tax Collector has been equally intense. Cheryl McQueen Brundage faces her first election for the office and is being challenged by Darlene Tynan.

8. We know you’re here because you want the honest truth about candidates. You want to feel comfortable with your choices. Unfortunately, campaigns often get ugly and its hard to know what’s fact from fiction. In this section, we’re try to give you the background on issues… and call out what’s just an exaggeration… or if there may be some truth:

a) Tax Collector: Does Darlene Tynan really deserve an “F”? (coming soon)

b) Dirty Water: Mike Gugliotti accuses Tom Dunn of violating the Charter. Did he? (coming soon)

9. Candidate Profiles. Here they are. Keep checking back as we update this list. The number after the office shows how many profiles there are for each. In reverse order by office:

Zoning Board of Appeals   1 / 6

Board of Education – Democrats  3/6

1st District Town Council  2/6

Town Treasurer 3/3

Tax Collector’s race – article 2/2

Mayor 1/3

October 8th, 2013

Election Choices: What Does That Person Do?

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartLocal politics are often the most personal engagement with our democratic form of government any of us will ever encounter. A President, for instance, campaigns for office only through our television sets and airways and most of us will never meet a Presidential candidate. However, we might bump into our local leaders on a regular basis in  IGA, Dunkin Donuts, church or a school function on any day of the week. We know their faces, but are you aware of the decisions they make that impact your life every day?

In many respects, your local elected leaders have a larger impact than the President or Congress. When politicians run for higher office, they often get their start on the local level as well. You can’t run a country with trillions of dollar budgets without first understanding million dollar budgets impacting a few thousand residents.

When you go into the voting booth on November 5th, will you know what you are selecting a candidate to actually do? Or will you choose them simply by name or facial recognition? Are they the best candidate for the job, and if so, what qualities matches that job applicant for that particular office?

This article is intended to help voters understand how Wolcott’s government works, and who does what.

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