Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Curtain Call

As you have noticed, my blogging here has been rather light the past few months.  Truth is, work has become very busy and with two young children, I just don't have the time right now to devote to this blog and covering Dracut politics.  Thus, I won't be blogging here anymore but I will keep the site "live" in case I am able to get back to this.

Thanks to everyone for their readership and to everyone who I have met as a result of this blog.

Be well.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Election analysis

The results were as people expected - incumbents John Zimini and Bob Cox were re-elected to the Board of Selectmen and Matthew Sheehan was re-elected to a second term on the School Committee. Fire Chief Leo Gaudette easily defeated Chris Jenkins for Town Moderator.

But the news of the night was the high school project which won 3,894-1,748 with 316 blanks. It wasn't even close. Mega kudos to the Friends of a New Dracut High School for an amazing effort to get people to back the project and for getting people to the polls. 5,958 (or 31%) voters came out to vote - the largest number of people to vote in a May election in well over 10 years. The previous high was 5,048 in 1999. This may represent a seismic shift in town politics as a new breed of voters was awoken this year. Here's hoping they stay involved.

As for the races, voters felt that things were going well enough to stay the course. Sheehan had a scare winning by 158 votes with 414 blanks (2,844-2,686). If those blanks went to May Paquette in any significant number, Sheehan would have been in trouble.

Zimini topped the ticket with 2,943 votes. Cox followed with 2,661, Tony Archniski got 2,470, and Ted Kosiavelon got 1,842. This is huge for Zimini has many (including yours truly) wrote him off last year. Now he topped the ticket.

I was sad to see Jenkins lose so big to Gaudette (3,774-1,532). Jenkins was at Town Hall tonight and seems like a great guy - I hope he runs for something again but he's not too sure. I don't think a town official should hold an elected position but alas, the voters have spoken.

Linda Trouville and Cheryl Storm were unopposed and won the two seats for Library Trustee.

A rather anti-climatic night but a good night for the high school. Hope for the future won over fear and doom and gloom. Has a new era has dawned?

2011 Dracut Election Results

Here are the winners:

Selectmen: John Zimini and Bob Cox

School Committee: Matt Sheehan

Moderator: Leo Gaudette

School Project: Yes (by a landslide)

Sunday, May 1, 2011


A wonderful night for America...and for the Ogonowski family.

Never taking a stand?

Today's Lowell Sun has an article on the legislation passed by the House last week that would essentially strip unions of any control over health care. The measure is now in the Senate and the paper asked local senators how they felt about the bill. Our senator, Barry Finegold, characteristically did not take a stand. He said he was "listening to all sides" and "waiting to see what happens."

This seems to be a pattern with this guy - he vacillates and tries to please everyone and offend no one. Take a stand, senator!