We learned quite a bit about how party town committees work and had a progressive candidate on to discuss his drive to become State Rep. form the 29th Middlesex in Watertown and a bit of Cambridge.

Steve Owens came on first. He chairs the Watertown Democratic Town Committee (coincidentally, we’ve known him for years as the blogger behind .08 Acres).  He explained how the May resignation of Rep. Rachel Kaprielian came after filing dates, meaning his committee with that of the 9th Ward in Cambridge could have picked a candidate to be on the ballot instead of her. Rather than play kingmakers, they left an open, sticker campaign.

There are four candidates likely to push themselves as sticker folk for the 9/16 primary:

We narrowed to Jon to focus on the issues. He also seems the most progressive candidate.

The show concentrated on those little issues, like what vital improvements are needed short-term and longer and how the devil we can pay for them.

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  1. sco on August 19, 2008 3:37 pm

    Thanks so much for having me on and for shining a little spotlight on our chaotic rep race.

  2. MassMarrier on August 20, 2008 6:39 am

    Likewise — many thanks for clarifying both the circumstances that produced this odd sticker contest, and how town committees and ward committees compare.

    Perhaps we can get a couple more 29th candidates on.

    ~Mike

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