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Candidate Withdraws From Attleboro Preliminary Election

Howard Levine, candidate for Attleboro City Council, Ward 5, has pulled out of the race.

Attleboro candidate Howard Levine has withdrawn his name from the race for Attleboro City Councilor, Ward 5, just one day before a candidates' debate and one week away from the preliminary election. 

Levine was running against former and a newcomer, , for a seat in the council chamber horseshoe.

The Ward 5 resident attributed his decision to withdraw on medical issues.

"I having a medical problem," Levine said. "Because of it I’m lacking getting out there and going door to door. I felt it was the right thing to do at this time."

Levine said his medical issue is the only reason for withdrawing from the race.

"It has nothing to do with at all," Levine said. "I think I would have won."

Levine said he will endorse opponent Jeremy Denlea and plans to introduce Denlea to some of his closest supporters by going door to door with Denlea.

"I'll be going with him and if he can come over on Saturday and get his signs up before the election on Tuesday," he said.

The withdrawal came as a surprise for Denlea who said he was surprised by the move.

"It shows he really cares about Attleboro," Denlea said. "He puts bipartisanism first. He's a man with dignity and honor and I'm going to thank Mr. Levine."

While he has announced his withdrawal, Levine's name will still be on the ballot come September 20.

"I’m sorry for the city because I got the definitive answer from Maryann Draine that the city still has to have the election," Levine said. "If I win the election I have to send her a notarized letter saying that I’ve withdrawn."

Other officials, including Mayor Kevin Dumas, City Councilors Kim Allard and Council President Frank Cook congratulated Denlea Tuesday night after the City Council wrapped up its committee meeting. 

"I'll be working with you in January," Denlea told Dumas.

Jerry Chase September 15, 2011 at 05:51 AM
For Councilor Frank Cook to congratulate a candidate for receiving a political endorsement, during a Council session no less, is grossly inappropriate. It seems obvious that such was a significant error in judgment.
Jerry Chase September 15, 2011 at 05:55 AM
On a more positive note, may I publicly wish Howard Levine speedy and complete success in overcoming his medical problem. Such things are unfortunate, and we do not choose to receive and endure them. Get well soon, Howard!
Fact Checker September 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM
Jerry: You send out inflammatory semi-anonymous mailings (deny all you want but your old City Council business cards are included with the "horse" letter), you repeatedly violated MA Open meeting laws and you have yet to tell your ward's voters what you will do for them. Maybe you should announce your platform on Youtube? You are an embarrassment to Attleboro and I bet Howard Levine still gets more votes than you next week. Did you yell at anyone to shut up last night? I guess we'll have to wait for the broadcast.
Hope Attleboro September 15, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Fact Checker - You weren't there last night? Hmmm..... I just watched Jerry on You tube but its not clear who he told to shut up. I am new to Ward 3 and if he yelled at Mr Cook to shut up I wouldn't be surprised because he (Mr Cook) needs to shut up. Just my observation. Ward 3 needs a new school committee member, councilor, and mayor! That's how I will vote. Thanks Fact Checker.
Penny Lane September 15, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Howard Levine withdrawing from the race costs the City $$$ for a preliminary election that wasn't needed......Fact Checker, do you recall a few years ago when Mr. Levine was on the School Committee and he resigned costing the City $$$ for a special election to replace him.
Howard S. Levine September 15, 2011 at 03:34 PM
Get your facts straight before you make yourself look rediculous. That was not me (Howard Levine), it was Bruce Levine, and by the way there is no relation, nor do we even know one another. There are reasons I resigned from the race due to what could be a more serious health reason than I know, but I am not going into that at the present time. Also stupid, how much do you give back to this city? Let's compare what I have given to your bottom line. I am very sorry for pulling out of this election, but it was the city that I put first!
Hope Attleboro September 15, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Howard - Let me first send Hope and Prayer your way as you seek the medical care you need! I was hoping to see you on the Council, I was rooting for you but couldnt vote for you in Ward 3. I hope to see you on a ballot soon!!!
Penny Lane September 15, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Thanks for setting me straight Howard. I'll be able to sleep better tonight!
Howard S. Levine September 15, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Hey Penny, if that is even your real name, people like you do not sleep, you lay in ambush of others. I knew you would not be interested in the facts. If it does not suit your way just make the facts up and hope that something will eventually stick!
Penny Lane September 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Howard, are you a bully???
Bob September 16, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Great assessment, Howard! Penny Lane (aka Jerry Chase) and Hope Attleboro (aka Cherie Felos) sleep upside down and during the day when they are not lying in ambush... I was going to lump Ronald Churchill in with them but I have been made aware that he does not know how to use a computer. Of course Penny and Hope are going to chime in (as Hope is all of the sudden trying to convince everyone that she lives in ward 3) and say I am wrong, etc. They will probably even flag this comment enough times so that it goes away. Until then, sorry to hear about your health issues and I was looking forward to seeing you on the City Council. Take care!
Ronda "Roni" Lodge September 16, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Howard Levine says ""I having a medical problem," Levine said. "Because of it I’m lacking getting out there and going door to door. I felt it was the right thing to do at this time." BUT GOES ON TO SAY...........Levine said he will endorse opponent Jeremy Denlea and plans to introduce Denlea to some of his closest supporters by going door to door with Denlea. "I'll be going with him and if he can come over on Saturday and get his signs up before the election on Tuesday," he said. Hummmm? Am I the only one that caught this???????

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