Sunday, September 13, 2009

Plunking for Change

Tuesday, September 15th is election day and Fall River voters will have the chance to vote for:

1 Mayoral candidate
6 School Committee candidates
9 City Council candidates

I remember the first Fall River election I voted in. As I stood there in the voting booth I easily ticked off the the names of those candidates I knew I wanted to vote for, but then spent several agonizing minutes figuring out who I would give my remaining votes to.

At the time I felt that I had to use every single vote available to me, to do otherwise would be wasting a vote. But, afterwards I realized I had wasted my votes by giving them to candidates that I didn't believe in. The lesson I learned was to only vote for those people you really want to represent you.

Even then I have occasionally voted for a candidate I wasn't sold on, but because I liked them or felt they 'needed' a vote. In 2007 I voted for a handful of incumbents because I 'liked' them and have regretted it ever since as I believe these people have failed to stand up for the people of Fall River.

I'm not making that mistake in 2009. This year I am more committed than ever to only vote for candidates I WANT to see in office.

Now, I recently had a conversation with a friend who has a differing opinion. He feels that if you want to see change it's better to use all of your votes to vote for a slate of challengers. You can read his opinion on Fall River Blog.

Although we disagree on the method we both agree the best way to enact change is to vote only for challengers. Leo, Linda, Joe and the rest will get plenty of votes and will certainly make it through the primary election. Whether you decide to use your every vote or vote only for a particular few, if you want to see change you can't vote for the incumbents you have to vote only for the challengers!


Tom Paine said...

The way I do it is this way....I vote for all the candidates who I think will do a good job, are intelligent, are honest. Some years that has meant I have voted for 6 or 7 candidates for council and other years I voted for 1 to 3 candidates. I will never use my 9 votes for the sake of voting for 9. I will pick and choose. This year for council I see at least 5 very good new candidates...not one incumbent. As for School Committee, weak field. I am voting 1 incumbent and 1 new candidate.

Anonymous said...

I like it, I am voting for 5 new city council, 1 school committee incumbent and 2 new school commitee.

reality check said...

I agree with voting just for the candidates you feel strongly about, especially in the finals. I see at least six new city council candidates that I believe will bring positive change and on the SC 1 incumbent, and 2 possibly 3 new members. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, definitely one new person for mayor.

Anonymous said...

I have heard from a very reliable source that Will Flanagan has promised to throw his support behind Correia if he does not make the final. He has made that statement a number of times to a very strong Correia supporter. Interesting!!

Lefty said...

Anon 3:52,

This would seem to be quite at odds with some of the public statements made by Mr. Flanagan.

I have doubts that this is true.

Anonymous said...

Just remember if you only vote for one non incumbent and your candidate gets eliminated you are wasting a vote. The incumbents already have a base of votes, you need to tip the scale and vote for more than 1 new person to make sure the incumbents do not get re-elected.

Anonymous said...

That may explain why bob has not advertised or even pretended to campaign. He thinks he is going to win by a landslide.

Anonymous said...

In Fall River, Correia wins bid for mayor’s office

01:00 AM EST on Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Journal Staff Writer

FALL RIVER — It’s going to be Mayor Correia in 2008.

Voters yesterday selected state Rep. Robert Correia as their city’s new chief executive, giving him a comfortable win over his colleague in the House, David Sullivan.

The 68-year-old former junior high school science and math teacher got 55 percent of the vote after focusing on his record in the legislature and after Sullivan’s promise of independent leadership failed to resonate with enough voters.

The tally was 9,626 for Correia to 7,804 for Sullivan.

Once sworn in in January, Correia will be succeeding Edward Lambert, who decided not to run for reelection after holding the city’s top post for nearly 12 years. He resigned to take a job at UMass Dartmouth last month. City Councilman William F. Whitty has been serving as acting mayor.

About 400 Correia supporters crammed the lower level of McGovern’s restaurant as the last results from the 30 polling places came in.

Correia wandered from table to table, shaking hands, sharing hugs, and having his picture taken with supporters.

“I pinched myself a couple of times to make sure I’m not dreaming,” he said in his victory speech, which was more of an homage to his supporters and staff, some of whom worked for a year on the campaign.

“I can only repay you by being the best possible mayor I can,” he said, his wife, Patricia, standing to his left. “I’ll make darn sure that we build a safe city, that we increase our educational level, and that we get jobs into this community. We’re not going to talk about it. We’re going to get it done.”

Sullivan, 54, a former psychiatric social worker, had tried to leverage his spirited opposition against the Weaver’s Cove LNG project into the executive offices.

But Correia, who has held several leadership positions in the legislature, had refused to look like a weak brother on the issue, even though neither man could take credit for actually stalling LNG on Beacon Hill.

One hug for Correia came last night from Sen. Joan Menard, who said she helped him because, “I admired what he did in the House.”

Sullivan was philosophical.

“I thought it was a well-fought battle,” he said last night during his party at the Venus de Milo in Swansea. “I was an underdog to start with, and we brought a lot of issues to the table.”

Correia tried to make it look like he was the more effective politician, contending that he represented “Leadership that gets things done” and emphasizing the state funds he had brought to the city.

Sullivan, who portrayed himself as representing “leadership that is truly independent,” painted Correia as a political insider, “part of the old guard.”

But Correia denied being involved in any City Hall politics, to the point of saying, “I have no idea what the old guard is in Fall River.”

Correia had a head start going into the race. He handily outpaced Sullivan in an eight-person primary, garnering 4,271 votes to Sullivan’s 2,516.

But Sullivan was hoping that he would pick up a lot of support from those who voted for the six unsuccessful candidates.

There were nine City Council and six School Committee seats up for grabs.

Anonymous said...

7000k signatures on a petition, are they all voters????????

public safety laid off- are they all voters???? are their friends and family voters?????

Tom Paine said...

To Anon 3:52 pm

Good try, but that is absolutely false. Will Flanagan made no deal and a certain Mayor and his small minded supporters know this.

It is obvious some people are not only worried about Will Flanagan, but a certain Mayor is worried that all the candidates that finish out of the top 2 will unite against that certain mayor.

Jefferson said...

I agree with Tom Paine. Mr. Flanagan would NEVER support Bob. It's another desperate attempt to derail the perceived threat. Shame on the dirty politics this mayor continues to play.

reality check said...

It appears we may now know who the front runner is. How pathetic, so desperate to win that they have to resort to scandalous lies.

Anonymous said...

To All Candidates:

I am willing to vote ABC once the primary is over. Email me at I am available with others to support you as long as you are Anybody But Correia!!!

Anonymous said...

How do you know that the person that posted the "reliable" information isn't a supporter of one of the other candidates? It isn't like we haven't heard people claiming to have the leaked results of the Mayor's polls showing Candidate X or Candidate Y running first or second.

shamrock said...

Anon 6:50pm:

There were over 9,000 signatures in total and to answer your question YES OVER 7,000 WERE REGISTERED VOTER....and that was certified by adam chapdelaine

Anonymous said...

Thanks for answering that question shamrock, let's hope 9000 votes go ABC.