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September 6, 2012

Governor’s Council - And PRIMARY DAY TODAY!

by at 8:42 am.

It’s highly likely you may not be aware, but today is primary voting day! I feel totally remiss in posting about it on time to be useful. But my cave is so comfortable…well, anywho, better late than never! If you are going out to vote, and you should, even if it’s just to tick off your first vote for Elizabeth Warren as a point of great pride, it’s worth it. (Bonus - you can make a tick next to Dick Howe’s name too!) Plus, you’ll be considered a Super Dem in future campaign lists! It’s the closest thing you’ll get to being a superhero! ;)

For us Lowell Dems, the only contested race is the Governor’s Council, an open seat that is being vacated by Mary-Ellen Manning. I’ve never had much of a great impression of her (sorry, insidery Dems), and this being an open seat, it’s an opportunity for a change. Now, what is Governor’s Council, you ask? Here’s a good explanation from Progressive Dems of Mass. The big deal about it is that they confirm judges appointed by the Governor. So, kinda important, but not very well understood.

The four people running in the Fifth District are:
DONALD BUMILLER - 35 King George Dr., Boxford
EILEEN R. DUFF - 8 Barberry Heights Rd., Gloucester
DAVID W. EPPLEY - 69 Boston St., Salem
GEORGE T. O’BRINE - 5 Locust St., Salem

George O’Brine seems to be largely a “vanity candidate” so write him out completely. But of the remaining, who to pick?

This is the best comment I could find on the Fifth on Blue Mass Group, for starters.

I also have lit from all three candidates. Between the online research and the lit, I am ruling out Bumiller. He seems like the wrong sort. He prominently puts in all caps at the top of his lit NO PAROLE FOR SEX OFFENDERS, which I think should a) be up to a judge, not him, and b) screams “I’m a conservative-ish hawkish hot-button-pusher.” I hate that crap. He doesn’t seem to impress the above BMG commenter either.

Then there’s Eileen Duff. She seems cool, I’ve met her briefly, but…boy, does she have all the wrong people endorsing her. In particular, Rep. Golden and Rita Mercier. If the GOB types are endorsing her (and to be fair, Vesna Nuon does as well, and I don’t consider him GOB), I have to pause and wonder…not that I can’t support someone supported by GOBs, but it says something about her, I think. So, I’m just not convinced, on account of insideriness. Plus, on her lit, the only thing on there is endorsements…no biographical info, no information on how she’d do her job…also seems insidery to me. Put that together with the comment at BMG:

“Eileen Duff seems like a wonderful person and I have nothing but respect for her chosen profession as a Hospice worker. That being said, her lack of experience and ties to Mary Ellen Manning kept me from supporting her.”

Well, that doesn’t sound good but it certainly lines up with my impression. Given a choice, I’d prefer not to vote for an insider’s insider.

That leaves David Eppley. His lit has biographical info, and tells me he lives with his husband and two dogs in Salem, right off. It’s not that I automatically vote for a GLBT candidate (or a minority, or female) but…I like that. AND he has two dogs. OK, that’s cool.

From the comment at BMG, I can see he’s been door knocking (grassroots) and he seems more independent than the other two major candidates. Less insidery. He appears (and again, this is from the pathetic amount of data I can gleam from the internet on this race) rather more progressive. On his website, my friend and chair of the Andover DTC, Pat Commanne, whom I know to be a good progressive, endorses him.

So to recap - seems the most progressive, the least insidery, and his endorsements don’t give me a hair-rising-on-neck feeling…I’m voting for David Eppley. I wish I had had a chance to really get to know this race better, but I feel confident in my vote for him.

So - are you voting today and have you made up your mind on Gov’s Council?

9 Responses to “Governor’s Council - And PRIMARY DAY TODAY!”

  1. Tim Little Says:

    Thanks, Lynne; as succint an overview as I’ve been able to find!

  2. Jack Says:

    I was on the fence between Duff and Eppley. When I saw the Duff mailer, I decided to vote for Eppley. That is not to say it was because of WHO endorsed her. In the heat of the moment, Duff ran on “who she knows.” Eppley ran on “what he knows.”

  3. Jack Says:

    I guess I should clarify, my remark above. I recieved a mailer from both Eppley and Duff, yesterday. I spotted them in a mail pile, together, this morning, as I went out to vote.

    As I picked up the mailers, I was leaning Duff. When I held the mailers, one whole side of the Duff mailer was faces of pols. The suggestion was ‘you trust them, they endorsed me.’ I thought to myself, “I KNOW them. Trust? Er, not so much.”

    Eppley’s mailer was a simple affirmation of his perspective. He trusted himself to close it with the voters. No coat-tails.

    He got my vote.

  4. Paul@01852 Says:

    I have been very tempted to skip this one since I really couldn’t find out any information on any of the GC candidates and I abhor voting by “dart-throw.” Thanks to both you, Lynne, and you, Jack, I will NOT be taking a bye and I will be voting Eppley!

  5. djglowell Says:

    Thanks Lynne your overview affirmed my decision. I will be voting Eppley. I had decided about a week ago after a recommendation of a good friend then seeing the mailers. I agree with Jack’s assesment on thos mailers.

  6. Joe S. Says:

    Two more for Eppley.

  7. Paul@01852 Says:

    Do you suppose Lowell might be the place where David Eppley goes “over the top?” If so methinks he owes Lynne a dinner! (And Jack at least a sandwich!)

  8. Lynne Says:

    LOL. I don’t do what I do for the swag! (If I did, I’d so be a sucker. I did get some sugary liquid refreshment at Alex Buck’s after a hard afternoon of canvassing, though.)

    Glad I could help some folks! It certainly helped me.

  9. Christopher Says:

    It appears that Eileen Duff won tonight by quite a bit.

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