Duff White Seeks Re-election on the Eve Before Preliminary
Attleboro City Councilor Duff White has announced he will run for re-election in the Ward 5 race.
Attleboro City Councilor Duff White has announced he will run a sticker campaign for re-election. The Ward 5 City Councilor sent a press release to Attleboro City Councilors, Mayor Kevin Dumas and the City Councilor Clerk today saying he changed his mind about running for the seat after last week's candidates forum.
"After months of rethinking what I expect of the job and how I approach the position and the withdrawal of Howard Levine, I am announcing that I will be conducting a sticker campaign for re-election," White said in the release.
Attleboro residents of Ward 5, who will be casting their vote at La Salette Shrine between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, will have to either add a sticker with White's name and address on it to the ballot or will have to write White's name on the ballot in the "write-in" slot if they are voting for White.
White will be running against former City Councilor Jerry Chase and newcomber Jeremy Denlea.
"The wonderful thing about democracy is that anyone can run for office," Jeremy Denlea said. "I welcome Mr. White's entrance into the race."
Maryann Draine of the City's Election Office said she was notified of his bid for re-election this morning. "There is nothing at this point in time that we'd do," she said. "I can just tell my poll workers to be prepared that there is a write in."
White returned his nomination papers to City Hall in May unsigned.
"Since that time, aside from a family vacation out of the area, not a week has transpired without someone approaching and either expressing their disappointment at my decision or simply asking me outright to reconsider," he said.
White said his response to constituents remained the same, that it was the right decision for he and his family.
"After we returned from our family vacation, I contacted Mayor Dumas to explain the new ideas I had for our city inspired by what I had seen on vacation," White said. "Apparently you can take the councilor out of the city but cannot take the city out of the councilor."
Another factor in his decision was when Howard Levine, candidate for Ward 5 City Councilor, told White he was pulling out of the race against Jerry Chase and Jeremy Denlea.
"As word of Mr. Levine’s withdrawal from the race spread people began contacting me in earnest to run again," he said.
Several councilors asked White to run again after the forum, according to White.
"On Wednesday night, as I sat in the audience at the Candidate Forum and listened to everyone speak, I thought back over the previous three months: I had found a better balance between my family and City Council, I had run a successful summer sandlot program which saw 90 children play baseball for five weeks with hundreds of smiles, we have made significant progress towards enacting an ordinance regarding the dangerous and unhealthy process of gasification in Attleboro and, after a serious scare involving a manhunt for a child predator, we are inching closer to making our city a little safer for our children."
Duff White could not be reached for comment.