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Candidate Certifies for 2011 Election With Only Hours to Spare

Kim Allard filed her 170 signatures just hours before the 5 p.m. deadline.

Attleboro City Councilor Kimberly Allard collected more than the necessary 100 signatures needed to run for a City Councilor at-large seat and handed them in to the Election Department just hours before the deadline Tuesday afternoon. 

Allard and at-large City Councilors Brian Kirby, Richard Conti and Peter Blais are vying for reelection to earn one of the at Large seats. Their opponents include City Councilor Cherie Felos, Albert James Buckley IV, James Dilisio, Anthony Parziale and Sara-Lynn Reynolds.

Allard, now in her fifth term on the Council, said people have been asking whether she was going to run for reelection for one of the five seats for months, but she could not provide an answer until now. 

What made the councilor wait until the last day to file?

"Honestly, it was my schedule and responsibilities that I have," she said. "I wanted to be sure that I had the time to dedicate to do the job right."

Allard has been under fire by some in the public recently about time spent away from her seat in the City Council Chambers and some questioned whether she'd be available to commit to the another term. 

"This term was really tough," Allard said. "I had two major surgeries during this term, which made it difficult."

Some work and family responsibilities also hindered her from being at every meeting, according to Allard.

"I’m healthy now and my work schedule and other obligations are no longer a conflict," she said. 

Another term would enable Allard to follow through on concerns from her constituents and the challenging issues including the fate of the Industrial Business Park, the continuance of the downtown revitalization and the budget.

"We have budget concerns, but we have not had any layoffs and not cut any city services," she said. "We handled the economic storm well."

While Allard said there are many challenges facing the city, one of her priorities is public safety. 

"If you look at my list of accomplishment that is where my heart is," Allard said. 

She is referring to the several public safety issues she has introduced or voted in favor of including adding more AED defibrillators to police cruisers, bringing tablets into the hands of emergency medical technicians and improving the technology used to bill and collect for ambulance runs. 

Items currently in committee including GIS (geographic information system) software and Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software. The Dragon software would enable police officers in the field to write up reports on the field using software instead of driving back to the station and hand-writing or typing a report. 

"When a police officer has to come in off the street to write reports you have now taken an officer off the street," Allard said. "To come in and do a report that sometimes that means overtime.

"For me it is a more efficient way to get reports done."

Kim Penque August 02, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Congratulations Kimberly! The City of Attleboro needs a voice or reason and a voice of passion to offer solutions that meet the needs of the Community. The residents of Attleboro need a Council that is willing to roll up their sleeves and be a hands on contributor. Today is the day that holds the key to open the doors to our future and the future is where all the solutions are - so look ahead and be that voice of our future! You have my support 110%!
Patricia Resende August 04, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Steven, Your comments may have been flagged as inappropriate by readers. Please read our Terms of Use for additional details: http://attleboro.patch.com/terms
Alice Allard August 09, 2011 at 02:17 PM
OK, now I get it...if you support a particular candidate during this elections, your posts stay, but if you oppose of question a candidates past history...honesty??? then the post is flagged as inappropriate. on several occasions i have flagged a certain post here as have others that i know and the post remains. above, rick booker has asked that a particular post be taken down as the context does not address a post. why has this not been done? because it supports a particular candidate of the city elections? this post has had several questions addressed to it yet it remains...when another ask a honest and deserving questions it is taken down. as i see it, the patch has become a political endorser for some...this will be the last post or view i will have on the patch as in my thoughts it is not a fair or newsworthy source. i hope that in the future it will see the way of its errors and make the necessary corrections...that way it can be seen as a valid news source and not as a town rag (ie - national enquirer, star, etc)
Hope Attleboro August 09, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Alice - Don't go.... We all know who is honest and who isn't. Right???
Patricia Resende August 09, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Alice, Patch does not endorse any candidates. Flagging, as we have said in the past, is done by the community and its readers, not by Patch. Please feel free to call or email me directly to discuss the issue. I may be reached at patricia.resende@patch.com or 508-207-3165.
Steven Scott August 11, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Good to see my fans are still up,keep on flagging !!! I know some people are reading but I need to get some sleep now so goodnight
Chrys Swenson August 11, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Steven: They only flag people who make sense. Take it as a compliment.
FREE THINKERS NOT WELCOME HERE August 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM
I'm curious why Steven Scott's posts are being pulled down. I did get to read his post and found it interesting. Why not leave his post up and allow people to discuss it? Is this the Kim Allard fan club or a news blog?????? Please let us know so we know how serious to take anything on here.
Reason August 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Kim Allard fan club sounds about right. There has to be some record of who is flagging posts as inappropriate. Removing the flagging privileges of those abusing it. As I mentioned in a comment (which was flagged and removed) I see no difference between bringing up Allards past in the comments and writing an article about Pia Durkins past. If a few users are allowed to continue to censor the opinions of others these comments will become a useless forum for discusion.
FREE THINKERS NOT WELCOME HERE August 11, 2011 at 01:22 PM
I guess my comment being taken down answers my question concerning if this is a news blog or not.
Hope Attleboro August 11, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I flagged ALL comments!! My reason is the entire story is inappropriate. hahhahhahah
Scott Pickering August 11, 2011 at 02:43 PM
We offer comment forums like these on Attleboro Patch for the good of the community. We believe it's healthy when citizens talk to each other – whether to argue, laugh or solve problems. However, not everyone plays nice on these boards. While Patch offers a very good comment forum, it is not perfect. If people want to bombard the site by "flagging" clearly acceptable comments, they can. When they do, everyone loses. So those of you who think we are manipulating these boards to favor one person over another, you're wrong. Frankly, we don't have time for that. We're pretty busy running around chasing the news that will get you to comment the next time. If people continue to abuse or manipulate this forum, we have two choices: 1. Ban those people from using it. 2. Shut it down. We don't want to do either, but we will. Please play nice, folks.
FREE THINKERS NOT WELCOME HERE August 11, 2011 at 03:02 PM
This explains a lot. A few people can control what opinions, thoughts or ideas they think are valid and which ones are not by "flagging" them. There's a term for this. Fascism.
Scott Pickering August 12, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Pastor Cross, that's a great question. Unfortunately, we live with the use of aliases because it's a necessary evil if we host an online forum like this. As much as I'd like to be able to visit everyone personally to verify the authenticity of their Patch username, we of course can't do that. It's a vulnerability within any online commenting forum; in fact, I don't have any true and verifiable way to know that you are THE Pastor Edward Cross. I simply trust you are who you say you are. We really, really want people to use their real names, because we believe it creates a better, healthier, cleaner dialogue. People behave with more civility and respect when they're actually talking to each other instead of hiding and tossing insults. I personally respect and place more value in the comments of someone using their real name than I do in anyone hiding behind an alias. I believe everyone should. As a moderator of these forums, I am much more likely to allow the comments of people we believe are using their real names than those from anonymous posters. The anonymous posters won't get much latitude. As far as flagging comments as inappropriate, you would probably make more productive use of your time if you flagged comments based on their content, rather than the identity of the poster. We'll step in and ban the users who are chronic, repeated offenders.
Reason August 12, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Pastor Edward Cross, What I know about the views of aliases and real names come from comments here. Over time in reading the comments you start to know who posts useful thought provoking content vs useless dreck. There are some here using their real names that I have met and interestingly their online posting is contrary to what I know about them in person. If aliases bother anyone here just pass right by the post and ignore it.
FREE THINKERS NOT WELCOME HERE August 12, 2011 at 02:33 PM
I believe anyone who hides behind an alias lacks credibility since they obviously don't think enough of whatever they are posting to let it be known who they are. If you lack conviction you are only making noise. Anonymity is the cloak of a coward.
Bob August 12, 2011 at 02:52 PM
Rick, you could also say this, "Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority." US Supreme Court. I think in certain instances less information is better. For instance, I would not want my last name posted on here because I share it with others. My opinions are my own and I would not want someone (i.e. children) associated with me to be put in harms way just because I have a big mouth and use it often in the comments sections on the internet. I agree with Scott's below comment that we should focus more on the "content" of one's speech than the label of the individual.
FREE THINKERS NOT WELCOME HERE August 12, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Bob. So instead of utilizing some thought and self control concerning your "big mouth" as you say, you just hide behind anonymity? Okie dokie. I'll give your words the credence they deserve. To each his own.
Bob August 12, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Yes, Rick. Even when people don't know who I am I use thought and self control.
Reason August 12, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Pastor Edward Cross, If you feel all aliases are inappropriate by all means start flagging away. Just look at the Sun for an example of the failed results of requiring verified real names. Scrolling through my history I feel I've added the discussions here on Patch. Perhaps focusing on adding content to articles here rather then complaining about and policing the term of use would be a more productive use of time.

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