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SHREWSBURY – The Worcester Telegram and Gazette came out yesterday with their final endorsement list for the 2010 election, and has selected Shrewsbury’s Matt Beaton as their choice to fill the state representative seat being vacated by Karyn Polito. Straying far from party lines, the Telegram endorsed both Democrats and Republican’s alike, but selected Beaton as the “best opportunity to restore balance in the legislature.”
It has been a great run for the Beaton campaign, who received many key endorsements including:
Westboro Police Chief Al Gordon
Shrewsbury Police Union Local 426
Shrewsbury Fire Chief James Vuona
Current State Representative Karyn Polito
Citizens for Limited Taxation
Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters
National Federation of Independent Business
Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen Members – Moira Miller, Jim Kane, John Lebeaux, and Moe Depaolo
Shrewsbury School Committee Members – Sandra Fryc, Steve Levine, Dale Magee
Shrewsbury Finance Committee Members – John Cygelnik, Bretta Karp, Chris Rutigliano, John Campbell, John Masiello, Gene Buddenhagen
Former Shrewsbury Selectman – Tom Fiore
Former School Commitee Member John Samia
In addition, endorsements have been wide spread among many Shrewsbury notables including, Robi Blute, Mary Pat Calderwood, Beth Casavant, Bruce Card, Ted Coghlin, Peter Collins, Lee Crowley, Lorraine Daignault, Mike DiPierro, Barbara Donahue, Denny Drewry, Christine Englund, Jackie Fashjian, Mike Filiere, Henry Fitzgerald, Kara Frankian, Tommy Garganigo, Michael Gregory, John Hastings, Jim Heald, John Heald, Matt Hogan, Robert Holland, Missy Hollenback, Viola Jefferson, Hannah Kane, Kate Kelleher, Kathleen Keohane, Andy MacIsaac, Mindy McKenzie-Hebert, Brenda Ljunggren, B., Helen McLaughlin, Carol McWilliams, Rachael Missall, Maria Munro, Dina Nichols, Chrisine Nolli, Ann O’Connor, Bob Olson, Dot Perkins, Fran Polito, Nancy Quimby, Katie Ragan, Audrey Richardson, Richard Ricker, Kim Schofield, Sanjay Shah, Clay Smook, Harold Stuart, Tim Swiss, Tony Thomas, George Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, June Tomaiolo and Bruce Tretter.
With the finish line in sight, the time for “changing minds” is likely long passed, and now the key will be for all the various candidates and their teams to do something that has challenged every campaign since Lincoln’s, namely get their supporters to the polls to cast a ballot.
This election will hopefully result in more turn-out than our recent May election, due to the gubernatorial campaign and several other contested seats. We look forward to following the campaigns into their final days and with each and every one of the candidates the very best of luck.