Is someone 'Poulin' my leg? Just yesterday I'm reading Eric Poulin's latest press release and thinking that it's great to see a candidate come up a solid position and today I'm reading in the Herald that he has taken out papers to run for School Committee!
Now Eric isn't dropping out of the City Council race he's simply pulling out papers to enter the School Committee Race. Eric told the Herald he decided to explore the School Committee race because of his concern over the lack of candidates.
Well, I'm concerned about the lack of candidates too. The Fall River school system is in chaos and I'm afraid all parties concerned need to show more of a commitment to the mission of our schools and to our children. However, as much as I would like to see new faces and fresh approaches within our school committee, I firmly believe Eric Poulin needs to concentrate solely on a City Council run.
Two years ago one candidate, CJ Ferry, decided to enter both the school committee and city council races, he wasn't taken serious in either. Eric Poulin is far too good of a candidate for city council to have that happen to him.
Eric served six years in the Mayor's office and has a terrific grasp of the day to day operation of our city. Two years ago his platform for Mayor was by far the most detailed, most specific, and I believe the most realistic.
By running two races Eric takes a chance of dividing the votes he might otherwise get. As voters enter the booth this September they'll need to figure out if they want to vote for Eric the Councilor or Eric the Committeeman. If Poulin is lucky perhaps they'll vote for both.
Fall River needs bright, energetic, forward thinking leaders and Eric Poulin is worthy of consideration for your vote but he needs to decide what race that is going to be in.