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Challengers Pull Council Nomination Papers

Heather Porreca would be running for the first time. Bert Buckley lost his bid for a seat in 2011, but looks to reverse his fortune on a second try.

There is definitely one new challenger in the contest for five at-large Attleboro City Council seats and there could be a second. Attleboro Farmers Market manager Heather Porreca and local businessman Bert Buckley pulled nomination papers this week for the fall election. Porreca told Attleboro Patch she was "definitely contemplating running" and Buckley guaranteed he would compete for a seat.

Porreca has never run for public office. A 13-year Attleboro resident, she has managed the farmers market since it started in 2011. Porreca and her husband Eddie have three children in the public school system and she is a bus driver for the district.

"My focus has always been on local politics because that is where the decisions are made that affect our daily lives the most," wrote Porreca in an email to Patch. "I will listen to residents and I have the background and vision needed to be a productive leader for the people of Attleboro. I will make decisions that are in the best interest of the community."

Buckley ran for an at-large council seat in 2011, placing sixth of nine candidates in a contest for five seats. He owns Citywide Disposal Services, co-owns The Clam Shack with his wife attorney Stacie Buckley and does public relations for Brewster Ambulance.

"There are a whole host of things that motivate me to be active in our local government," Buckley told Patch. "There is the fact I'm a small business owner, we have five children in the public schools and I pay a boatload of taxes in this town."

The Attleboro native said he wants this city to return to something similar to the place he remembers as a child 35 years ago.

"I know we can't go back to those days, but there are things we can do to make [Attleboro] a whole lot better," he said. "That's why I'm active in the community. My kids' futures depend on a strong foundation, a great community, an active community and a prosperous community. I was not successful [in the election] the first time around, but I'm hoping to be successful this time around."

SUZANNA NYE February 28, 2013 at 01:23 PM
LETS GO BERT!!
Geoff McGehee February 28, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I am a friend of Heather Porreca and have served with her on the Board of the Attleboro Farmer's Market since 2011. Heather has proven to be a great leader, showing great drive, creativity and a passion for our community. The market is a labor of love shared by all of us on the board, brought forth by a simple passion to build a better community. With this goal in mind, Heather often puts in 20+ unpaid hours a week, overseeing finance, operations, volunteers, vendors and marketing. The icing on the cake is her great personality, filled with warmth and genuine caring and compassion. Simply put, I think Attleboro needs her.
Kricket Proulx February 28, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I am proud to say that Bert Buckley has been a friend of mine for 20 years. He is a dedicated father, husband, and am confident he will work hard to make this community better for our children. Bert my friend, I wish you all the luck!
Roxanne Houghton February 28, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I think that Bert should clarify the statement about wanting the city to go back to the way it was 35 years ago...........I am for moving this city forward -not the other direction. Perhaps he meant back to when the uptown was thriving .....really needs clarification or people are apt to get the wrong idea.
Jerry Chase March 08, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Toni Ann, I don't "get your drift" here. There's a definite but vague 'disconnect' because it nigh unto impossible to determine precisely who you are writing about. Elucidate, please.
Toni Ann March 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I have heard many things about both individuals. Grant you no experience needed, but people should do research. Example: you try talking to put differences aside but one still proceeds to talk about or bully you around town. Is that person a leader? However, owning a business and not liking someone talking leads to becoming social and differences put aside without bully or gossip. That is the difference.

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