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Friday, February 15, 2002


Four to represent Carlisle at Republican state convention

At a meeting of the Republican Town Committee on January 30, chairman Charles Parker appointed four townspeople to represent Carlisle at the Republican state convention to be held in Lowell at the Tsongas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 6. The four are Sue Bohn, Sal Borrello, Doug Stevenson, and Adam Waitkunas. Borrello was formerly chairman of the Republican Committee and Stevenson is one of the town's selectmen. The primary is scheduled for September 17.

No instructions were given to the delegates, perhaps because Republicans in Massachusetts are so few that most races are uncontested. An exception is the race for lieutenant governor where Jim Rappaport is challenging Patrick Guerreiro, chief of staff to acting governor Jane Swift and former mayor of Melrose. Guerreiro was hand-picked by Governor Swift, who named him as her first choice. Rappaport is well-known as a result of his unsuccesful run for the U.S. Senate against John Kerry in 1990 and he is said to have substantial personal wealth, so his challenge to Swift may be a real issue at the convention.

Also at the meeting was Chuck McCarthy, a newly announced Republican candidate for the Fifth District congressional seat currently held by Democrat Marty Meehan. McCarthy, 50, was born and raised in Billerica and served with the Marines in Vietnam, where he was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He has a 25-year history in high technology, having been cofounder of Conference Call, Inc., and COO of Nexus Systems, as well as participating in several other technology start-ups. According to polls that he has conducted, he has a respectable chance of beating Meehan. He solicits support from citizens of Carlisle.

The Carlisle Republican Town Committee has failed to meet at all during the last few years, but the eight or so people attending the recent meeting vowed to re-energize the group.

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