There is the old American saying, "fish or cut bait," meaning there comes a time to make a decision and take action or get out of the way.
In the past week, a number of individuals has decided to cast their future in a run for the vacant House of Representatives seat once held by Belmont's Will Brownberger who was elected state senator in January. And one potential candidate decided to cut the line on serving the residents in the district.
Surprisingly, with all the active candidates contesting the open 24th Middlesex District seat are neophytes to legislative campaigns, the one person who has experience facing district voters has dropped out of the contest.
, who battled the incumbent Brownsberger in 2010, receiving 30 percent of the Belmont vote, will not be submitting the nomination papers she took out in January.
While Musserian – who recently changed her party designation from unenrolled to Democrat – had gained significant name recognition in her first run for elected office, it is likely her failure to win a seat in Precinct 2 for Town Meeting, coming in 13th and last for the 12 seats up for grabs, influenced her decision.
As Musserian has exited the race, two more potential candidates – from Cambridge and Belmont – have taken out nomination papers and are actively seeking to represent Belmont and precincts in Cambridge and Arlington on Beacon Hill.
Belmont economist James Gammill of Dorset Road has collected nomination papers from the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office to run as a non-party candidate.
The newly-elected Town Meeting member from Precinct 2 is a principal at Gammalytics and the founder of an unique PAC – a federal political action committee – named Politics 180, which seeks to tone down the partisanship in congress "by electing better legislative leaders and empowering them to find solutions that are acceptable to the broad center of the country."
While his committee promotes candidates from all political stripes, Gammill donated money to the election and re-election of Barack Obama in 2008 and this year.
If he turns in the necessary signatures, Gammill will have his name placed on the November ballot as an independent.
Over on the Democrat side, Zachary Westenhoefer of Harvey Road in Cambridge has taken out nomination papers for the party's primary in September.
A former member of the armed forces, Westenhoefer is currently a law student in Boston. He has worked as a research associate in the Strategic Service Management Practice of Boston-based Aberdeen Group.
Both Gammill and Westenhoefer are newcomers to the local political scene. They join Cambridge attorney Dave Rogers who announced yesterday, Thursday, April 19, his candidacy for the Democrat primary. He joins Belmont university student Bobby Reardon as the only two Democrats to announce their campaigns.
Belmont attorney Margaret Hegarty, who ran for Belmont Town Clerk in 2010, is actively submitting nomination papers in Belmont, Cambridge and Arlington.
Over on the Republican side, Arlington CPA Phillip Lohnes has taken out nomination papers while Belmont Republican Town Committee chair Tomi Olsen has announced her commitment to the GOP primary.