12th Bristol Special Election – September 20, 2011

(If you live in the following towns

Precinct 3, of Freetown, precincts F and G of ward 1, precincts A-E of ward 3, and precincts D and E of ward 4, of New Bedford, and precinct A of ward 4, of Taunton, Bristol County; precincts 2 and 3, of Lakeville, and precincts 2 and 4, of Middleborough, Plymouth County


– promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

While here on RMG we all engage in various state, federal, ideological and philosophical matters – and it’s good to do so – let us not forget that we have an upcoming SPECIAL ELECTION for State Representative in the 12th Bristol district!!!  On Tuesday, September 20 our Republican nominee will face off against the Democrat to fill the vacancy left behind by former State Rep. Stephen Canessa (D-New Bedford).

However, before we have our special election there must first be a Republican Primary!  This primary will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 between two Lakeville residents.  

In alphabetical order:

Derek Maksy was the 2010 GOP candidate for State Senate in the First Bristol and Plymouth district and that’s when I first met him.  He is also an incumbent Selectman.  Maksy is a family man with a wife and two children.  Maksy holds undergrad degrees from UMass Dartmouth (engineering & business adminsistration, Class of ’88) and a Master’s of Public Administration from Bridge College in ’92.  He has worked for the past decade as a supervisor at the Mass Dept. of Transportation.  Maksy’s Facebook page is http://facebook.com/maksyforse…

Keiko Orrall has municipal experience as a member of both her town’s finance and school needs study committees.  Orral is a family lady with a husband and two children.  She holds an undergrad degree from Smith College.  Keiko also has been a campaign volunteer/activist for other candidates & causes – including anti-Prop 2 1/2 override and for the more appropriate placement of Level 3 sex offenders.  Orral’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/?ref=…  She also has a website at www.Orrall2011.com.

If you live within, or nearby, the 12th Bristol district I’m sure that either candidate would greatly appreciate your support & activism on their behalf.  I urge you to contact them and volunteer.

If you live further away, well I’m sure that they’d appreciate the primary support but – as one of the State Committee members in the area & Regional Chairman of that and points beyond – I would ask for and greatly appreciate any activists who wish to volunteer their time and talents for whichever emerges as our MassGOP nominee in the 12th Bristol district at the September 20 Special Election!  Our party has a recent history of rising to the challenge of special elections.  Now, I’m asking that we do so once again for what might actually be among the most winnable districts not yet taken post-2010 Election.

Don’t believe me?  Even a former Democrat who was the previous office holder of the 12th Bristol districts admits that the MassGOP may very well take this seat.  Former State Rep. George Rogers (D-New Bedford) wrote in a letter to the editor that:

…it’ll probably be a Republican, since as Spillane points out there are no viable Democrats….


I don’t think I’d go as far as former Rep. Rogers BUT even if true, we’ve got to fight as if – as usual – WE’RE the underdogs and WE’RE hungry to add 1 more seat to the MassGOP delegation in the House chambers.

Special elections try men’s souls “but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.

The Crisis by Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776.

The 12th Bristol district consists of precincts 2 and 4 in Middleboro; 2 and 3 in Lakeville; Ward 4 Precinct A in Taunton; Precinct 3 in Freetown; and New Bedford’s precincts F, G in Ward 1; A, B, C,. D, E in Ward 3; D, E in Ward 4.

As such, it crosses three State Senate districts: First Bristol & Plymouth, Second Bristol & Plymouth, and First Plymouth & Bristol.

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