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TELL US: Do You Agree with 'The Chronicle's' Endorsements

The newspaper endorsed Democratic challengers Paul Heroux and A. Keith Carreiro in the local state House races? What do you think about those choices?

Local newspaper The Sun Chronicle is calling for change with its endorsements for the two local state House races. In an editorial that appeared in the Tuesday edition titled "New Faces Needed in Mass. House," the newspaper recommended voters choose Democrat Paul Heroux in the election for the 2nd Bristol District (which includes most of Attleboro) and Democrat A. Keith Carreiro in the contest for the 4th Bristol District (which includes Seekonk and several other communities).

Both Democrats are facing Republican incumbents coming off their first terms in the House, with Heroux challenging Rep. George Ross and Carreiro taking on Rep. Steven Howitt.

Regarding the incumbents, The Chronicle wrote, "Both have had lackluster first terms and now face energetic opponents with fresh ideas."

What do you think of the newspaper's endorsements and what effect do you think they will have on the election? Do you think newspapers should make endorsements? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Note: Attleboro-Seekonk Patch does not make endorsements. That is not an indication of an opinion that newspapers/news websites should not make endorsements. The editor of this website also writes most of the government articles and making endorsements would take away from neutrality of the coverage.

Daniel F. Devine November 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
@Darren ~ I agree & I'm also not a fan of our lifetime Mayor. You've got it right on the three loosers we have representing us, why don't people get it? It's time for a change!
Tisiphone November 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Darren, I suppose it is easy to see Ross as a "back bencher", but that view chooses to overlook the real problem. Massachusetts is a one-party state, that party is Democratic and Ross is a Republican. I suppose that your response to this is that we should elect a Democrat who will "go along to get along". That is not a solution that appeals to me. I would much prefer that we had two parties and some competition for votes.
Darren Major November 06, 2012 at 12:26 AM
@Tisiphone - If you disagreed that when the GOP holds one party rule such as during the Bush admin - if you fought against that as well - I might agree - but I sense its only Dem majorities trouble you - Bill Bowles was effective without "going along to get along" - he helped save the RMV - that was effective and he worked with GOP leadership in Attleboro - he did a good job but was forced out for a man that basically wanted to use the job as a retirement plan - Betty and Ross and Sen Ross have done NOTHING. Leadership can span parties.....I think Paul understands that and will actually get some work done for the area.
Tisiphone November 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Darren, although I do favor the Republicans; I favor a two party system more. I am not sure that "helping save the RMV" was as clean a deal as might be hoped. Ownership of the previous RMV was interesting, I suspect that someone's head was on the chopping block. Aside from that, with a two party system, one party or the other will always "control" the Senate. It seems to me that this has deteriorated to a system of "we aren't doing anything till we get our turn in control". It would seem to me that in an efficient two party system, the individual Senators would have to please their constituents or not be returned. (How often do you think Teddy Kennedy worried about that?). I think this would tend to elevate the game of politics. Am I serious about this, yes. I am considering a move to North Carolina, a generally two party state (there are other reasons). While I remain here, I will probably continue to pull the levers marked "R" and ignore those marked "D". There has to be some sort of opposition. The number of politicans elected here after running "unopposed" is to our shame.
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