It appears that the incumbent representative in the Sixth Worcester district, Geraldo Alicea (D-Charlton) may be in for a fight in the upcoming special April 12th primary. As you may recall, Alicea lost to Peter Durant (R – Spencer) in the November election, but after a series of recounts in which there was only a one vote lead for Durant, the court ordered a complete new election. Alicea, who had no challenger in the primary last year, now is being challenged by Joanne Powell a Democrat also from Charlton. As reported in this morning’s Worcester Telegram there is already a “war of words” beginning.
Powell is criticizing Alicea for voting for the increase in the sales tax and also for endorsing an increase in the alcohol tax. Ms. Powell is sounding like a member of the Tea Party Movement here.
Mr. Alicea said you can’t have it both ways; increasing taxes allowed him to advocate for the district’s fair share of local aid during challenging fiscal times. “She’s saying she would never have voted for the sales tax, but she’s saying we need more local aid for our district,” he said. “The math doesn’t add up.” – Telegram
Perhaps Mr. Alicea needs to change his math from adding to subtracting, subtracting as in cutting spending?
Mr. Alicea’s point that you can’t have it both ways may hit its mark though. On Ms. Powell’s website, she does contradict herself when she says she would like to “limit the tax burden for lower and middle class residents” while at the same time she would like to “Claim our fair share of local aid”. As any good Democrat knows, and as the voters always here when there is any talk of decreasing taxes, if you decrease taxes you will need to cut local aid, after all we certainly wouldn’t want to cut spending in places we really need to.
Alicea on the other hand touts on his website how he “Led the charge to return the Registry of Motor Vehicles to Southbridge”. Powell has brought up the point he did nothing to keep the Registry in Southbridge in the first place, in fact when the Registry left, they left the landlord of the property holding the bag for extensive renovations they made to the building specifically for the Registry. There are many in this area who will remember this come election time, and they are still angry at Alicea for this.
This will certainly be an interesting race. Both candidates will have to make sure they turn out the vote, a challenge since this is a special election, a primary at that. Then the winner will have to do it all over again for the May election against Durant and two other independent candidates.