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 …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Quinn is running for a Board of Assessors position.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
[Editor's note: The following is a statement from Board of Assessors candidate Robert Quinn. It has been republished without editing.] To the Citizens of Reading: My name is Bob Quinn and I am running for a seat on Reading’s Board of Assessors. Last spring, the Selectman sponsored Article 22 which sought to amend our Home Rule Charter by recasting the Board of Assessors as an appointed body. Town Meeting overwhelmingly rejected this Article, opting instead to preserve the independence of the Board of Assessors through the continued direct election of its membership. However, the proponents of Article 22 did raise a legitimate concern that the time and expense inherent in the election process may discourage otherwise qualified …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
RCTV held a candidates forum at its Main Street studio on Feb. 16.
Reading Community Television (RCTV) held a candidates forum at its Main Street studio on Feb. 16. Camille Anthony and Robert Quinn are competing for one position, a three-year term on the Board of Assessors. Both candidates discussed the role of the assessor as well as fielded a variety of questions from moderator Thomas J. Ryan, former Chairman of the Board of Assessors. The 2012 Local Election will be held on March 6, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Republican Primary, with all precincts voting at Hawkes Field House at Reading Memorial High School. Watch the attached video, and when it comes time to cast your ballot, you can do so with the knowledge that you are making an informed decision regarding the future stewardship of your …