Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Democrat wins by a wide margin.
The people of the 2nd Bristol District, which includes most of Attleboro, will have a new representative in the state House. Democratic challenger Paul Heroux defeated Republican incumbent George Ross Tuesday night with 58.15 percent of the vote. Many people expected this to be a close election, but it wasn't. With 70.2 percent of registered voters participating, Heroux won all 11 precincts in the district—all by wide margins. This came as a surprise to many people, including Heroux. "I really didn't think I was going to win," said Heroux, speaking in a private room during his victory gathering at his home on Mechanic Street. "I thought I was going to lose by about 1 percent, 2 percent. I knew I had a chance, I had a shot, but I didn't …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Democratic state House candidate Paul Heroux wrote that people who care about their communities vote. However, he has not voted in most elections. The state Republican party spokesman calls this "comical."
Tim Buckley, communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, called 2nd Bristol District (which includes most of Attleboro) state representative candidate Paul Heroux a hypocrite Tuesday for writing an opinion piece last year saying "we who care about the future of our local communities" vote, while it was revealed last week he has failed to vote in most elections. Heroux responded that his voting record is perfect since writing the piece. The op-ed, which appeared in various media just before the local November 2011 election, includes quotes about the importance of voting from real-life and fictional people. Quoting Gov. Willie Stark, the character based on real-life Louisiana Gov. Huey Long, from the movie All the King…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Democratic challenger says he would donate his travel stipend to residents in the form of MBTA passes. His opponent, Rep. George Ross, says he already donates "thousands of dollars" to the city.
Paul Heroux said if he wins the Nov. 6 election for a seat in the state House representing the 2nd Bristol District (which includes most of Attleboro), he would use his travel stipend to purchase monthly MBTA passes that would be distributed to locals in a lottery. After hearing about this plan, Heroux's election opponent, Republican incumbent George Ross, said the Democrat is "quite late to the party" when it comes to making financial contributions to the community, and that he has been making them since 1978. Heroux wrote in a press release that district residents who could prove they are regular MBTA commuters would submit their names to the lottery. "At regular intervals, I will purchase monthly roundtrip tickets, and randomly select …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Challenger Paul Heroux says by not participating in four debates, state Rep. George Ross is denying the voters their right to learn more about his record and the differences between the two candidates.
Republican state Rep. George Ross said Monday that commitments for his job as a full-time legislator prevent him from having the time to participate in four debates against Democratic challenger Paul Heroux. On the night of his victory in the Democratic primary last Thursday, Heroux challenged the freshman legislator to a general debate and three topic-based duels on crime policy, economic policy and values. Ross responded that one debate prior to the Nov. 6 election was enough. "While I appreciated my opponent's idea of a multitude of debates, the fact of the matter is that I am a full-time legislator," Ross said. "Two years ago, the people of Attleboro elected me to serve day in and day out, and that's what I've done and what I will …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The winner will challenge Republican incumbent George Ross in November.
There is only one state legislature contest on Thursday's ballot for Attleboro residents (none for Seekonk). It is the Democratic primary for the 2nd Bristol District in the House of Representatives. The district includes all of Attleboro except for precinct A of Ward 3. The candidates are Paul Heroux and Stephen Kane. The winner will face Republican incumbent George Ross. Go here to see Heroux's answers to Attleboro Patch's questionnaire. Go here to see Kane's answers. The six polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Go here to find out which one is yours.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Democrat Paul Heroux is running for the 2nd Bristol District seat in the state House of Representatives, currently held by George T. Ross.
Attleboro Democrat Paul Heroux is officially in the contest for the 2nd Bristol District seat in the state House of Representatives. He qualified for the ballot late last week after a petition with more than 200 signatures from local registered voters was certified, a spokesman from the Secretary of State's office said. The representative of the district, which includes all of Attleboro except for Precinct B of Ward 3, is former Attleboro City Councilor George T. Ross, who is running for a second two-year term. Heroux, the former director of research and planning for the Massachusetts Department of Correction, will face fellow Democrat Steve Kane, a local businessman, in the primary election on Sept. 6. At his campaign kick-off last month…
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Democrat takes the first step toward a possible attempt to unseat Rep. George T. Ross.
A week after he withdrew from the U.S. congressional race, Attleboro Democrat Paul Heroux announced he might run for the 2nd Bristol District seat in the state House of Representatives. Heroux, 35, filed with the state so that he could form an exploratory committee. Fellow Democrat Steve Kane is already in the contest. Republican George T. Ross, the current representative, is running for a second term. "I understand the incumbent state rep is very popular and well liked, and someone who has a lot of support," wrote Heroux, a public consultant and public policy commentator, in an email to Attleboro-Seekonk Patch. "However, public service is not about the people who serve, it is about the people who would be served." Heroux wrote that he …