“Taxation without representation is tyrrany” – James Otis, Jr.
Unlike Secretary of State William Galvin, and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, the Worcester City Council seems to understand that 41,000 or so of their residents should not go without representation for almost a full year. Last night, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Worcester City Council voted in favor of holding a special election to fill the term of Vincent Pedone.
Mr. Galvin told the Telegram & Gazette last week that it will be “almost impossible” to hold a special election now. That is because the 15th Worcester District has been extensively redistricted, and even the ward and precinct lines have been changed, he said. The courts have ruled that a special election must be from the old district, not the redistricted one, Mr. Galvin said.
But Councilor-at-Large Frederick C. Rushton said there should be no reason why a special election cannot be held using the old district lines. “Legal technicalities should not trump representation,” said Councilor-at-Large Konstantina B. Lukes.
The old 15th Worcester District consists of Precincts 2 and 4 of Ward 3; all precincts of Ward 4; Precinct 3 of Ward 5; and Precincts 1, 2, 4 and 5 of Ward 10, all in the city of Worcester.
Mr. Galvin also said that by the time a new state representative could be seated, he or she probably would be in the Legislature for less than three months before the session ends in July.
Secretary Galvin is downplaying what usually happens in the final three months of the session, however. The final three months are when the budget for fiscal year 2013 gets crafted. Those three months from March to June are the busiest of the entire session.
It is good to know that some Democrats in Massachusetts actually still believe that one of our fundamental rights, is to be represented in the legislature. Otherwise tyrrany reigns.