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2012 Barrington Election Guide

Here's a quick look at the Barrington candidates and races that will generate the most interest this summer and fall.

As we look ahead to the November elections, Barrington Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every significant race in town.

Here's our start on the candidates who have announced and the issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

Barrington Town Council will have three seats to be contested: Vice President Jeff Brenner, Councilor Kate Weymouth, and President June Speakman, who may be reconsidering her decision to give up her seat.

Only one Republican challenger has emerged so far: Donald Nessing, who who has not formally announced but has indicated he will be running for a seat he also ran for two years ago.

All of the legislative incumbents are running for re-election. Two of them have challengers.

Rep. Jan Malik (D-67) will be challenged by Republican Peter Costa Jr. of Barrington.

Rep. Joy Hearn (D-66) will be challenged by Republican Fred Diel of Barrington.

Sen. David Bates (R-32) does not have a challenger yet, although Town Council President June Speakman, a Democrat, was strongly considering a run for his seat a couple of months ago.

Candidates do not have to declare for office until later this month. We'll keep you posted.

Ignorance is not bliss June 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Town Council candidates? Do we know who is running yet?
Kelly July 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
June Speakman running for a Senate Seat??? What a joke. Get her off the town council any way you can.
Gary Morse July 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I hope people stay focused on the issues. We have before us the legacy of our current town council that has to be examined. Consider: 1) Why is affordable housing receiving property tax breaks paid for by town residents, when many of the same town residents of lesser means have to pay the full weight of their own property taxes? 2) Why for over two decades did BCWA provide water from a polluted water supply (the Kickemuit) when it was less expensive to simply purchase it from the Scituate Reservoir? It took residents, not the town council, to expose years of neglect at BCWA. 3) Why has the Town Planner not provided an impact study to the council on all the wild west high density develoipment we are now facing. Why has the council not challenged this absurd affordable housing policy through our local Reps? 4) Why are our property assessments implemented like a roller coaster where each assessment looks more like a winners and losers list, not a fair assessment? The town assessor himself has to do more to implement consistent assessing standards. This is not a job that should be delegated to resident ad hoc committees. 5) At what point do our property taxes look too high? Taxpayers are not a bottomless pit of revenue to be tapped just to stay ahead of the cost of living. 6) How did we ever get involved with paying lawyers and lobbyists on that crazy East Bay Energy Consortium deal? Our Town Planner has some explaining. When will the council ask?

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