Seekonk GOP Backs Viera, Parker in Selectmen Election

The five candidates participated in a forum at the Seekonk Library on Saturday.

An incumbent and a former selectman recently received endorsements from the Seekonk Republican Committee for the .

Following a forum on Saturday at the featuring the five candidates, the committee voted to back Dave Parker, current selectmen chairman, and David Viera, a former selectman and town fire chief. 

"The committee feels these candidates best reflect the views of the committee," the Seekonk Republicans wrote in a press release.

Also competing in the election for two three-year seats are Bob Blanchard and Gary Sagar, who are running as a team, and Nelson Almeida. 

Brian Freitas and Mitch Vieira, who are running for two open seats on the School Committee, also participated in the forum and received endorsements. Write-in candidate Jeffrey Starr Mararian did not attend the event.

In addition, the committee endorsed Paul Buckley, who is running unopposed for re-election to the Board of Assessors. 

The candidates will appear at on March 29 at .

Election Day is April 2. Voting will take place at Seekonk High from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

William Rice March 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
When I grew up, people stood to be recognized by name when making insulting remarks...bygone days, apparently
deb of see-attleboro March 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Bill: Name calling is uncalled for. Having said that, you better than anyone should know that suggesting "any young person willing to serve should be elected by a landslide" is an irresponsible statement. Allegations, some of which have been reported here on Patch, suggest that the youngest member of the current board may not be fit to "serve". Thankfully, he is not running and I sincerely hope he puts his life back together. I prefer to put town government in the hands of any well-grounded, thoughtful, honest grown-up than just any ol' "young person".
William Rice March 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Well said....my enthusiasm for finally seeing a new someone under 60 run for selectman made me forget ( how could I? ) the obvious.
deb of see-attleboro March 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
paul: I agree that the two Daves should ride off into the sunset. But I disagree that Mr Almeida should fill either seat. Here are a few facts according to the Seekonk Reporter: 34 years old. 2 daughters. Self-employed: (doing what??) Sits on 3 boards: (where??) He also offers a few opinions and thoughts on the direction the town should go in. Nothing earth shattering. The Sun Chronicle reports that Mr Almeida moved to Seekonk from EP in 2006. (I believe he lives in Greenbrier, but not sure) He supports the senior center, and multiple fire stations and the use of call firefighters. He agrees with the Parkers that one polling place is sufficient. (Even if he thought otherwise, I could not vote for him). I may not agree with all Mr Blanchard and Mr Sagar stand for. But at least they have been residents a LONG time and are familiar with and have participated in Seekonk town government.
paul March 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Thanks for the 411.
paul March 21, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Will someone please cash the check that I wrote 6 weeks ago to the town of Seekonk for excise tax, it's messing up my balance.
Jeffrey Starr Mararian March 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I will comment on my next TV9 show ,March 23rd regarding the snub of the self-proclaimed,self appointed,unofficial Mayor of Seekonk at the Seekonk Republican gathering. Look for my interview by the Sun Chronicle in their Friday paper Bill. Believe in God,but still locks your doors . Peace...Hon.Justice Jeffrey Starr Mararian, J.P. and write-in candidate for School Committee.
William Rice March 21, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Provide your name and a wAy to get in touch with you and I will find out why it isn't cashed.
Nelson Almeida March 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I agree Mr. Rice we need youth on the board to offer fresh ideas and not have any personal agendas. Ive lived here in town for 5 years and in that short amount of time I've witnessed a lot of things that upset me. On April 2nd I would love to have the opportunity to serve as Seekonk Selectmen and listen to our residents and act on facts not personal feelings.
Nelson Almeida March 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Miss Bragg I beg to differ. Your response sounds like your past experience and possibly your current experience with the board of selectmen hasn't been a good one. One example of showing respect to our residents was me only putting my signs up 2 weeks before election day so that residents only have to deal with my signs for 2 weeks not 4 or 5 weeks in some cases. I look forward to serving out town in a positive way and hope you will support me and assist by spreading good words about me . thank you
Nelson Almeida March 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
one fact you left out deb is that I never opposed the senior center then supported it. Another fact is that being in town for 5 years I have no personal agenda's. I will actually work for the town and our people. Ive also heard our residents about the sign pollution and only put my signs out 2 weeks before election day. Not 30 days or more. Ive shown some respect to our residents without being on the board. If that isn't good enough then sorry for not getting your vote.
Nelson Almeida March 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
On friday the 23rd I will be hosting a fundraiser for my campaign at 7PM at Luxory Box Seekonk. $10 donation and includes food and cash bar. This invite is for family, friends and our Seekonk Residents. I look forward to seeing a lot of people there. Thank You
William Rice March 22, 2012 at 04:22 PM
sorry, previous engagement
Nelson Almeida March 22, 2012 at 04:52 PM
No problem mr. Rice. Glad we chatted last night. Looking forward to sitting with you and getting to know one another better
deb of see-attleboro March 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Nothing personal, Nelson. I just don't know your positions regarding policies that come directly under the authority of the BOS. My comment was only meant to point out what little I know about you. As someone who is still on the fence regarding the senior center, if new information became available that suggested you should change your mind, I see nothing wrong with that. BTW, I do not know how putting signs up 2 weeks prior to election day is more respectful than putting up signs one month prior. It could be a sign of laziness;) I haven't taken the time to watch channel 9's "Meet the Candidates" yet. I usually don't get much out of the forum. If I have any questions after I watch, I will post them. I would love to read a candidates perspective on at least a few of the issues that matter to me. My issues, like me, are pretty simple.
Nelson Almeida March 22, 2012 at 06:40 PM
For 2 1/2 years some residents have been upset due to excessive signs being out there and nothing is being done. At a selectmens meeting we had a resident upset that she couldn't put support senior center signs up due to residents stating they don't want to add to sign pollution. I heard here concern and instead of my signs being out for 30 days it would only be out for about 15 days. It's an example of how I'm listening to people already without an elected position. Yes I'm young but I have great ideas and have no personal agendas. I will work for the town and our residents with honesty and respect
deb of see-attleboro March 22, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Boy, Nelson. You are "green". Signs have been an issue here in Seekonk since the town fathers chiseled the first "Welcome to Seekonk" sign 200 years ago. Here is a simple question. It's one of the many policy decisions that if elected, you will have to vote on. Where do you stand on the commercial/residential tax split?
Jeffrey Starr Mararian March 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
The commercial tax rate should be increased and the residential tax rate should be decreased.........................end of story ......except vote YES to the Senior Center.
Nelson Almeida March 24, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Deb I feel since commercial brings in more money in most cases then residential. So for that reason I feel the commercial tax rate should always be greater then the residential tax rate. You should of came out last night to my gathering. I may of answered alot of your questions.
Nelson Almeida March 24, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Thank you to all seekonk residents, family and friends who came out to help support my campaign fundraiser. What a great turn out
deb of see-attleboro March 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Thank you for a response. For clarification, does this mean you would consistently vote to shift the property tax burden onto the businesses to the greatest extent allowable under state law?
Nelson Almeida March 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
It means that the commercial tax rate should be greater then the residential tax rate
Carol Bragg March 24, 2012 at 04:35 PM
It already is. The residential tax rate is $12.19, the commercial is $24.47.
deb of see-attleboro March 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Nelson: As Carol pointed out, the commercial rate is currently higher. But if it were not for a previous vote of the selectmen, the commercial rate could have been higher and the residential rate lower. I believe it was Nov or Dec that the rates were set by the board. Mr Rice, Mr Cavaco and Mr Mclintock voted to lower the business rate and raise the residential rate. Mr Parker and Mr Whelan felt it in the best interest of the town to keep the residential rates as low as possible. My question is more a matter of degree. If elected, how would you vote to set rates and why?
Nelson Almeida March 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
If elected I would have to see the amount of tax revenue coming in and amount of commercial coming in to make a decision. At this time I can only state I would keep commercial tax rate higher then residential rate
Nelson Almeida March 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Just to prove how candidates say their bringing respect to the board and there not. Today I received alot of calls stating blanchard/sagar campaign committee is hanging political signs on mailboxes which is total a federal crime. The Nelson Almeida campaign would never stoop so low
deb of see-attleboro March 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Nelson: Since the tax split does not change the amount of revenue the town takes in, my question is philosophical in nature. As for signs on mailboxes, I am quite sure none of the candidates would so openly and notoriously break a federal law. A few years ago just prior to an election, a PAC tacked signs on telephone poles all over Seekonk. When a few citizens cried foul, they came down. It was annoying, but by then most voters had already made up there minds. And there is always the possibility of dirty tricks. I recall a year when one selectman allegedly forwarded another selectman's mail. Welcome to Seekonk!!
Nelson Almeida March 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Federal law is nothing can be inside or attached to mailboxes. We will see the outcome. As for any feature questions you may have for me. Feel free to call me at 1-401-369-0701 and we can sit together and chat. Thank you
deb of see-attleboro March 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Correction: I am quite sure none of the candidates would INTENTIONALLY break a federal law.
nucky thomson March 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
your a good reagan conservative but , your stil nuts


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