Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Part of a series of weekly questions to the candidates for the 24th Middlesex District race.
Each week for the remainder of the campaign, Belmont Patch will be providing a "Question of the Week" to the candidates for the House of Representative's 24th Middlesex District – Jim Gammill, Tomi Olson and Dave Rogers – that will run on Tuesday mornings. Below is the question and the candidates' answers. Dave Rogers, Democrat As I've walked across the district, listening to neighbors and hearing their concerns, I've enjoyed discussions covering a diverse range of topics. While countless issues come up, two issues surface more than any others: education and transportation. Education is any advanced society's most critical investment, particularly now in an ever more competitive and inter-connected world. Belmont draws residents in with …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had some words for Obama at his ice cream social in Milford on Friday.
Not even the ice cream could cool down the heated speech Mitt Romney made on the Milford Oval this afternoon. His campaign hosted an ice cream social on the oval, where state Republican candidates met with voters and even scooped them some dessert before Romney's arrival. New Hampshire candidates including Kevin Smith, Ovide Lamontagne and Charlie Bass were all in attendance. Former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty had a short introduction for Romney, followed by Ann Romney. “If Mitt Romney wins, America wins,” she said. “If Mitt Romney loses, America loses.” Romney focused his speech on the economy and had plenty of jabs on Barack Obama's recent speech on the topic. The presidential hopeful told the crowd that Obama has broken his …
Ballot to be finalized by the state Attorney General's office on July 3.
Of the 31 initiatives put forth for the fall ballot, only four both have enough signatures and been certified by Attorney General Martha Coakley in order to make it on the Belmont ballot by the July 3 deadline. And of those, one looks likely to be resolved by the Legislature before that date. The initiative that appears likely to reach resolution is called "An Act Promoting Excellence in Public Schools." Backed by Stand for Children Massachusetts, it involves retaining and promoting teachers based on performance reviews and test scores rather than seniority. Proponents say it will raise teaching standards and make it easier for schools to fire ineffective teachers. But opponents, which include the Massachusetts Teachers Association, say …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Andy Rojas is a candidate for a spot on the Board of Selectmen.
The Selectman’s job is very broad and can affect many aspects of our quality of life in Belmont. The diversity of issues that a Selectman will address and about which decisions must be made include: appointing individuals that can best represent all residents as the Town's Park Commissioners, Belmont Municipal Light Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and many town committees (Warrant Committee, Economic Development Advisory Committee and others); as well as budget issues, schools, capital projects, residents' concerns, road paving, economic development, infrastructure, building committees, staffing, taxes and the list goes on. For almost eight years, I have served on Planning Board, Capital Projects Overview Committee, The …
Friday, January 27, 2012
There will be a contested race for assessors' seat as Natoli, Millane take out nomination papers.
Same candidate, different race. Board of Library Trustee member Matt Sullivan returned to Town Hall today, Jan. 27, to once again to see Town Clerk Ellen Cushman, this time to take out nomination papers for the open seat on the Belmont School Committee left vacant after the resignation of Becky Vose. This is Sullivan's second try for the school committee, having run in 2003. Anne Lougee is seeking her first full-term on the committee seeking re-election for the second seat up this election cycle. In addition to Sullivan's candidacy, there will be a contested race for a seat on the Board of Assessors as incumbent Martin Millane Jr. of Radcliffe Road will be seeking his first full three-year term against Oliver Road challenger Gerald Natoli…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Boston Herald reports that Gingrich is gaining ground.
As Thursday night’s GOP debate in South Carolina draws near, the Boston Herald is reporting that candidate Newt Gingrich is gaining ground in the polls against frontrunner Mitt Romney. The Herald quotes Robert Livingston, identified in the article as a Gingrich supporter, as saying that Gingrich is “peaking at just the right time.” Reports earlier this week showed Belmont native Romney growing his lead in the Palmetto State, and even maintaining a 10-point lead, according to a CNN poll. The Herald’s article comes on the heels of breaking news this morning that Rick Santorum could be the real winner of the Iowa Caucus, not Romney as previously believed.