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Second Person Pulls Papers for Selectmen Run

Paul Buckley is on the town's Board of Assessors and chair of the Seekonk Republican Committee.

Lifetime Seekonk resident Paul Buckley on Thursday became the second person to pull papers for a potential run for the vacant position on the Board of Selectmen. Buckley serves on the town's Board of Assessors  and is the chair of the Seekonk Republican Committee. He previously served on the Personnel Board.

"I decided to run for the open seat because my experience in town government and the Republican town committee make me uniquely qualified," Buckley wrote in an email to Seekonk Patch. "I have gained knowledge and insight into how our town government works and the needs of the community. I have many ideas how to make government work better for all our citizens."

Buckley must collect at least 50 signatures from registered Seekonk voters to qualify for the ballot. Parks and Recreation Committee member Nelson Almeida pulled papers last week and returned them the next day with what he said were 70 valid signatures. Patch has not contacted the Town Clerk's office to ask if the signatures have been verified.

This will be Buckley's second run for a selectmen seat. He placed fifth in a six-person race for two seats in 2002. But at the time he was a political newcomer.

"In 2002, I was not involved yet," Buckley wrote to Patch. "That is when it all started. I lost in the election for BOS and then got involved and appointed to the Personnel Board."

The winner of this election will fill the seat made vacant earlier this month by . The person will finish Rice's term, which expires in April 2014.

Election Day is Sept. 24. Residents have until Aug. 6 to enter the race.

paul June 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Paul Buckley will get my vote, he's honest and smart.
Brian L. Freitas June 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Paul Buckley is the right person to fill the open seat on the BOS. He has the experience and the mindset to move Seekonk forward.
deb of see-attleboro June 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
His experience and understanding of government certainly makes Mr Buckley an ideal candidate. I look forward to learning where Mr Buckley stands on the issues and how he would handle recent controversies.
Steve Feinstein June 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Paul Buckley has the insight, experience, and perspective to be an outstanding Selectman. He will be a real asset to the town.
Joyce Leven June 22, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Paul Buckley is the person Seekonk needs to keep people fiscally responsible as well as accountable. I'm glad to see that he is throwing his hat in the ring.
Rage June 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
The Town of Seekonk is fortunate to have such a high quality person running for that position. Good luck Paul!!
Jj June 22, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Paul is a man of integrity. His background in local politics will serve Seekonk well. Go get em'.
"Spider" Michael J. Smith Jr. June 22, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I've known Paul for many years. He has been an excellent SRTC Chairman and knows local Seekonk issues very well. He will be an asset to the Board.
Lee Ann June 23, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Can't think of a more worthy candidate to sit on the Board of Selectman....conscientious, effective communicator, tireless work ethic with a real connection to his town and its people. My only regret is that, as an Attleboro resident, I can't vote for him myself. You, go, Paul!
Jacqueline Deschamps June 23, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Without question good things would happen if Paul was to take the seat. He would take this position and Seekonk to new levels with integrity and diligence.

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