Candidates Denlea and White Move on to November Election

A total of 343 voters turned out for the Ward 5 preliminary election.

Attleboro City Council Ward 5 candidates and will move on to the November election. 

Newcomer Jeremey Denlea garnered the most votes with 128 votes, or 37.32 percent, while Duff White was in second with 111, or 32.36 percent of the vote, according to Elections Manager Maryanne Draine. Former City Councilor Jerry Chase had a total of 85 votes. Howard Levine, garnered 19 of votes.

"I am thrilled tonight to beat an incumbent by 17 votes," Denlea said  after the votes were counted. "I look forward to all the hard work leading up to November."

Denlea thanked all of his supporters who came out to vote.

"If you look at my victory it is a microcosm of Ward 5 as a whole," he said. "I received support from higher socioeconomic, lower socioeconomic, Caucasian, Latino, African American and Cambodian voters. If we can repeat this again in November, it is the perfect pattern to victory."

The candidate went on to say that he believes it is time for a new voice on the City Council and that "there is a clear distinction between Mr. White and myself and that is temperament."

"Now the work starts," White said, standing outside the election office Tuesday night. "I think I'll be campaigning mostly on what I've been able to accomplish."

White was referring to his lobbying to keep from opening a facility in Attleboro, and the, which would ban Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from city-owned buildings and parks.

"If we don't protect the children we're just asking for trouble," White said.

Despite his decision to run for re-election the night before the preliminary election, the councilor admits he has to garner support from those who were disappointed about his initial decision not to run for the another term.

A total of 9.6 percent, or 343, of Ward 5's 3,562 registered voters cast their vote, a number that was upsetting to some candidates.

"I'm always disappointed that it is anything less than 100 percent turnout," White said. 

Jerry Chase could not be reached for comment.

Jacob September 22, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Councilor White outlines reasons for opting out of re-election George W. Rhodes Sun Chronicle Tuesday, May 24, 2011 ATTLEBORO - The bloom is off the rose for Duff White, who after less than one term, has decided to walk away from a city council seat he ardently sought in 2009. White says he’s unhappy with the board’s record and is irked by the alleged attitudes of some of his colleagues and constituents. He said a flurry of what he described as “personal attacks” sealed his decision. The Ward 5 councilor - who was so eager to campaign for the seat two years ago that he returned his nomination papers in one day - made the comments via email Monday in response to written questions submitted by The Sun Chronicle. The 44-year-old rookie councilor, who’s not been shy about expressing his opinion on matters like the proposed child safety zone ordinance and tax classification changes, turned in his nomination papers abruptly and unsigned last week, catching colleagues and constituents by surprise. While he said he enjoys being a councilor “most of the time,” overall he said he’s disappointed in what he believes is a lack of achievement by himself and the council. “There are a number of factors, but the bottom line is that, for the amount of time away from my family, I am dissatisfied with not being able to accomplish more substantive changes in our city,” he said. “We should have been able to pass an effective child safety zone ordinance by now.
Jacob September 22, 2011 at 07:22 PM
We should have, as a body, come to a position and written an opinion to the mayor on the Ze-gen project. We should have formed a special committee to look into drafting a comprehensive, multi-year approach to the tax classification issue.” White took a swipe at some colleagues who he claims didn’t give him much support when he tried to push those matters forward. “When I would approach other councilors regarding these various topics, I received many reasons for not taking action,” he said. “Doing my job to the best of my ability is my goal and the goal of several other councilors. I think if all 11 of us took the same approach, focusing on being the best councilor we can be, we could achieve great progress in this city.” He first began to think about quitting in December, just a year after he took office, but his decision was simplified because of what he described as “personal attacks.” “It was a six-month-long decision that was made easier over the last two to three months because of all of the personal attacks I have been subjected to,” he said. He did not immediately respond to a request to specify the nature of those attacks. Meanwhile, White said he was disappointed with constituents who seldom offered opinions until after a vote. “After a vote, more than a few felt compelled to tell me that I voted wrong,” he said. “Where were (they) before the vote?”
Sarah Wilberg September 22, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Mr. White seems to have no basic respect for his constituents. Is it too much to ask that your representative in City Hall does NOT openly insult the individuals he / she represents? Mr. White's behavior is juvenile at best and malicious at worst. At least Mr. Chase didn't insult 100% of his voters. Attleboro does deserve better and we deserve better than Mr. White.
Jerry Chase September 23, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Sure, I wanted to at least advance to the November ballot. Yet, no rules were broken---all was done according to law, so no complaint from me. The thing I would have appreciated during the previous Council term was honest and accurate reporting of certain facts. To be sure, I should have handled my frustration better three years ago this month; but on the other hand, the two others that also broke the Rules escaped all negative reception. Were the Council president to follow the ratified Municipal Council Rules of Procedure, there would have been no problem. The authorities in the form of the Commonwealth only get involved with Open Meeting Law violations; and sometimes there is no penalty on the offenders. I'm fully aware that some will not accept or believe this. But, may I say, it's great to live and participate in America, imperfect though it be and I am. I close with a partial quote and a very brief comment: " . . . and forgive us our trespasses and we forgive those who trespass against us . ." May I be quick to do so. Peace.
Jerry Chase September 23, 2011 at 03:20 AM
The second "and" in the above partial quote should have read, "as".


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