Tuesday, March 6, 2012
All four won their election bids, and West pulled off that rarest of feats in Reading—knocking off an incumbent.
The early results are in for Reading’s local election, and while it looks John Arena has been elected to the Board of Selectmen by a sizable margin, the races for Board of Assessors and the Reading Municipal Light Department were much, much closer. According to unofficial results taken directly from the polls, Arena defeated challenger Karen Gately Herrick by a margin of 2,266 votes to 1,477—a gap of 789 votes. Arena said he felt gratified by the margin of his victory, but thinks he could have done even better. “Frankly, I think I could have kicked it up,” said Arena following his victory speech at RCTV Studios. “If I hadn’t had the work pressures, I think I could have campaigned a little more vigorously ... The trouble with a small town …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Here is a full recap of all questions and answers from Tuesday night's debate at RCTV.
In what figures to be the last major campaign event before the March 6 local election, Board of Selectmen candidates John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick squared off in a debate last night at RCTV Studios on Main Street. Meanwhile, just a few hundred yards up the road, the Selectmen, Town Manager and the Assistant Town Manager bid farewell to Camille Anthony, as she chaired her final Selectmen meeting after 18 years. Arena and Herrick are vying to fill the seat Anthony is leaving behind. The debate was moderated by Kevin Vendt and Dick Curtis, and each candidate was issued to “rebuttal cards” to be used to respond to a statement, or to lengthen the allotted time for answers. A coin flip was used to determine who would field the first …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Reading Patch hosted a live blog from Tuesday's debate.
Two candidates, one vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen. John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick will go toe-to-toe this evening in a candidate debate at RCTV Studios on Main Street. The debate represents the best chance for voters to hear what the candidates are all about before the March 6 election. The debate will air at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Kevin Vendt and Dick Curtis, who have hosted RCTV’s election coverage for the past five years. Can't tune in live on TV? No sweat. Reading Patch has you covered. We will be blogging live from the debate, starting at 7 p.m., so no matter where you are, if you're near a computer, you can follow along with the discussion as the two candidates vie for the privilege of serving as one of Reading's …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Watch candidates running for elected office in Reading speak about why they should get your vote on March 6, courtesy of RCTV.
With Reading's local election just around the corner, it's crunch time for candidates running for office in contested races. John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick are both vying to fill the seat on the Board of Selectmen set to be vacated by current Chairperson Camille Anthony, who, in turn, is battling Robert Quinn for the seat soon to be surrendered by Robert Nordstrand, who is retiring. Incumbents Richard Hahn and Mary Ellen O'Neill are in competition with Marsie West as all three duke it out for two seats on the Reading Municipal Light Department Board of Commissioners. Check out the attached videos to see which candidates are speaking your language. The 2012 Local Election will be held in conjunction with the state republican primary on…
Friday, February 10, 2012
The Reading–North Reading Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum with John Arena and Karen Gately Herrick tonight at 7:30.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The following is a press release issued by the RNR Chamber of Commerce Two candidates, Karen Gately Herrick and John J. Arena, are vying for one open seat on the Board of Selectmen. As a service to its members and to residents, the Reading – North Reading Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event at which you can meet the candidates, hear their positions, and ask questions. Sponsored by the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber, the event will be held on Feb. 14 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the RCTV Studios located at 553 Main Street. “The actions of the Board of Selectmen affect our Town and our lives,” said Government Affairs Committee chair Attorney William Crowley. “It is really important that we know who represents us, and that we …
Monday, January 23, 2012
The Board of Selectmen opened fiscal year 2013 budget discussions on Jan. 17.
The Board of Selectmen and members of the Finance Committee heard the first part of Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner’s proposed fiscal year 2013 municipal budget at a meeting held in the Reading police station’s community room on Jan. 17. The total municipal budget figure is $18,984,928, up from $18,228,962 a year ago. Here’s what the numbers look like by department: In addition, for FY13, the tax levy includes a 2.5 hike in the property tax over the combined FY12 tax levy and new growth. Town officials predict $250,000 in new growth for FY13, based on the assessors estimate, considering also historical new growth and new growth from ongoing development activity throughout town. This does not factor in anticipated new growth from …