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Heroux Wins Democratic State Rep. Primary in Landslide

He will face Republican incumbent George Ross in the November general election.

Paul Heroux on Thursday won the Democratic nomination for state representative of the 2nd Bristol District, which includes all but one precinct of Attleboro. He received 1,118 (78.18 percent) of the 1,430 votes cast. His lone opponent Stephen Kane earned 310 votes (21.68 percent). There were two votes for write-in candidates. 

Voter turnout was 10.9 percent.

Heroux, 35, will face Republican incumbent George Ross in the November general election. Ross, 62, just completed his first term as a state representative after serving seven terms on the Attleboro City Council.

"I first want to congratulate my opponent Stephen Kane on a good campaign," said Heroux on Thursday in an interview at his home where he waited for the results with a small group of supporters who were also watching the Democratic National Convention on television. "We did not have a nasty primary where we were at each other's throats all the time. We were very cordial."

Kane did not respond to a Thursday night voicemail left by Attleboro Patch.

Heroux, who was born in Taunton and grew up in Attleboro, credited his victory to lots of door knocking. He said this led to "substantive conversations" with constituents.

"I knocked on thousands of doors and I'm very happy with the number of doors I knocked on, but I didn't knock on enough in my opinion," he said. "I need to knock on even more."

Looking forward to the general election campaign, Heroux said voters will see major differences between the candidates because he is man with ideas, while his opponent has been what he called "an ineffective legislator."

"I don’t think he has any original ideas," said Heroux about Ross. "I don't know if he has the work ethic for it. I don't know if he has the professional background to bring new ideas. And from what I see, he just votes with his party all the time. It's pretty much a rubber stamp. Being a rep is not about being a party person, it's about being a person for the people."

Heroux said Ross' best legislative accomplishment was getting bath salts banned.

"OK, that's fine, but there's a lot more that needs to be done on crime policy than just banning bath salts," he said.

Heroux said his experience working in the private and public sector as well as his extensive education, which includes three master's degrees, give him the background to be an effective leader.

The Democrat challenged Ross to four debates—a general one and topic-based duels on crime policy, economic policy and values.

Look for more of Heroux's election night interview with Attleboro Patch on this site soon.

Results By Precinct

[results are unofficial until they are certified]

Ward 1, Precinct A
Heroux 94 (78.33%)
Kane 26 (21.67%)
Voter Turnout - 9.91% 

Ward 1, Precinct B
Heroux 96 (86.49%)
Kane 15 (13.51%)
Voter Turnout - 8.7% 

Ward 2, Precinct A
Heroux 166 (83.24%)
Kane 33 (16.58%)
Voter Turnout - 14.08% 

Ward 2, Precinct B
Heroux 101 (82.79%)
Kane 21 (17.21%)
Voter Turnout - 8.36% 

Ward 3, Precinct A
Heroux 120 (73.17%)
Kane 44 (26.38%)
Voter Turnout - 12.42% 

Ward 4, Precinct A
Heroux 73 (75.26%)
Kane 24 (24.74%)
Voter Turnout - 8.86% 

Ward 4, Precinct B
Heroux 130
Kane 39
Voter Turnout - 11.66%  

Ward 5, Precinct A
Heroux 72 (69.23%)
Kane 31 (29.81%)
Write-In 1 (.96%)
Voter Turnout - 9.47% 

Ward 5, Precinct B
Heroux 93 (75.61%)
Kane 30 (24.31%)
Voter Turnout - 10.65% 

Ward 6, Precinct A
Heroux 74 (77.08%)
Kane 22 (22.92%)
Voter Turnout - 7.55% 

Ward 6, Precinct B
Heroux 99 (79.2%)
Kane 25 (20%)
Write-In 1 (.8%)
Voter Turnout - 8.59% 

Ward 3's Precinct B is in the district represented by Betty Poirier. She is running unopposed. 

 

 

Gretchen Robinson September 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Paul has been walking Attleboro streets and visiting as many houses and neighborhoods as he could for the last months. I saw him outside Stop and Shop with his trademark dog many weeks, sometimes with his sister. He did the necessary leg work and this proves that grass roots democracy works. Congratulations Paul. You earned every vote with your calm, friendly approach to people. You listen well and care about people. We voters felt that--and these qualities are rare these days of acrimony and dirty tricks. Best wishes for success in the general election!!
paul September 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Massachusetts is going to have a Democratic sweep!
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I added some comments by Heroux as well as a precinct breakdown of the results.
Gretchen Robinson September 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Because my husband and I live in Ward 3B we could not vote for Paul. We're 35+ year residents of Attleboro yet we get lumped into Betty Poirier's district. This is not right and it's not fair to us. I think (my opinion) is that 3B got lobbed off and given to Ms. Poirier because we tend to be more liberal and this was a way to defuse our voting power. It's time for the State to look at this again. We were gerrymandered out. The result is we are stuck with an entrenched arch-conservative who voted and fought against gay marriage and is adamantly anti-abortion as if it were the only issue she cares about. She has got to go! Her husband Kevin held the seat for years before her. It's time for a change. Attleboro voters, other than 3B, make your vote for Paul Heroux. He's far more qualified than Ross.
deb of see-attleboro September 07, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I have no dog in this fight. But I do like Paul 's contributions to the Patch and the Sun. Too bad he's a Democrat. Even if I was in his district, I couldn't vote for him this go 'round.
Paul Heroux September 07, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I'm running for the people, not my party. Vote for the person, not the party. :)
deb of see-attleboro September 07, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I know, Paul. Just because I will only vote for Republicans this time, does not mean I will vote for every Republican. I don't know much about the incumbent, but I would probably just not vote in your race. I guess you could say I am a "conscientous objector" when it comes to the Democrats. Maybe misguided, maybe not.
blueskies September 08, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Paul is for Attleboro, not the republicans or the democrats. I have met him on several occasions (as well as reading his many articles here and in the chronicle..both before and during this race) and continue to be impressed with the depth of his thought. He may have a D after his name but to rule him out for that reason is extremely narrow minded.
deb of see-attleboro September 08, 2012 at 10:25 AM
blueskies:Theoretically, one signs up for the political party that most closely matches his/her values. Unless we know the person intimately, we cannot be sure what is on his/her heart or mind. So the party serves to define the person and his/her agenda. If you find these thoughts "narrow-minded", so be it. I believe the electorate is far more polarized than ever. In some respects, this has made the choices easier than in the past. Those independents who believe that the Democrats have moved drastically to the left will vote Republican. Those who believe the Republicans have moved drastically to the right, will vote Democratic. There may be collateral damage in both parties. Mr. Heroux's race may be an exception and the unenrolled/independents will vote for the person and not the party. Since I do not know anything about Mr Ross, I can't say if this will work for or against Mr Heroux. .

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