Frankly I have never seen such a sad lot of candidates for town council.
Let’s start with the obvious.
I eliminate Joe Marino and John Pulawski first and foremost because they are essentially stalking horses for the referendum to alter the form of town government. Additionally, as regards Mr. Marino, he has already demonstrated his contempt for the rules by having confessed to leaking executive session minutes. Those who want to look past this seem to overlook the reality of the situation. Mr. Marino did not confess until he was faced with the imminent threat of a full blown investigation and the resulting consequences.
As for Mr. Pulawski, beyond the matter of his support of the petition, there is the issue of a variety of personal matters that have transcended the usual.
Albert Vecchia has been a mainstay of Southbridge politics for years. That’s probably one of the reasons Southbridge has been a joke for so many years. The last time he was on the council he provided the deciding vote in favor of the landfill access road. He has used the same basic document to campaign for council for the last, what, eight or ten years? Hey, Apple, I wrote that for you. The fact is he has never lived up to it – he’s just used it as a campaign document to forget about after he was elected.
Miguel Estrada. Honestly, he’s a conundrum. I couldn’t understand what he said, and so I have no idea what he stands for. I say this after making it a point to listen to him twice on the video of the candidate’s night. I don’t know if I’ll get blowback on this, but I can’t vote for someone when I have no idea where they come down on the issues.
Now, as for Gus Steeves, I’m torn. Intellectually I like Gus. But when it comes to the reality of the situation I believe that he is living on another planet. I like you Gus, but I can’t vote for you. Good luck.
That leaves Paul Zotos. Paul has shown a profound love for this town. He has also demonstrated a commitment to the “small” things that matter to people in their everyday life. I will vote for Paul.
However, that still leaves two blanks.
I plan to write in Gary Fontaine and Steve Lazo.
So that’s what I plan to do – vote for Paul Zotos and write in Gary Fontaine and Steve Lazo. (Remember to not only write in their name but to also fill in the oval next to their name).
Do you really have a better option?