Ted Siefer's City Hall: Primary over, Manchester races getting interesting
Then on primary day, the state GOP slammed the Patrick campaign for a re-tweet of a photo of the ballot apparently posted originally by City Democratic Chairman Liz Kulig. The GOP said posting the ballot could violate state law.
The Ward 10 alderman race was another notable contest. Bill Barry, a retired police officer, won more votes than two-term incumbent Phil Greazzo, who was the runner-up. In addition, the Democratic vote was likely split between Barry and Jane Beaulieu, the longtime activist and state representative. Barry and Greazzo will face off in November, and things are already getting heated.
Barry insisted that not registering as a PAC was a simple oversight; he had filed his disclosure form with the city as an individual, not a committee.
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For about a year now, the aldermen's Land and Buildings Committee has been engaged in an odd dance with the owner of the Dunkin' Donuts off Beech Street at the southern tip of Livingston Park. It goes like this: The owner says, 'I want to buy the little sliver of parkland that the coffee shop uses for parking and its drive-through.' The committee says, 'Mo, thanks, but we'll lease it to you.' And then the owner comes back and says, 'No thank you; I'd rather buy it.'
"We want to continue to express our interest in purchasing the property. We're not interested in leasing," the lawyer said, adding that they were willing to pay $50,000, which they considered the land's fair market value.
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Primary day was also when we finally got a good look at the finances of the Arnold campaign. And those, too, surpassed expectations. He reported taking in more than $64,000 between January and the primary. A good chunk of the money came from public employee unions, as is often the case for Democrats in high-profile races. But there was one notably large contribution - $1,000 - from an individual: Nick Want.
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