Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Longtime State Rep. Jim Miceli rolled past challenger Doug Sears according to unofficial counts.
Updated at 10:31 p.m.: After a long campaign, Rep. Jim Miceli used his victory speech to supporters for a parting shot to challenger Doug Sears. "If you take Tewksbury and you take Wilmington, they don’t buy into dirty campaigning. I’m not going to be humble like I’ve been in the past," said Miceli, who never referred to Sears by name. "I’ve been in politics since 1963 and this guy is the dirtiest individual I’ve ever run against in my life. But the problem was he couldn’t find anything bad. And what he couldn’t find, he’d make up. We overcame that and I appreciate that." In Wilmington, the unofficial results show that Miceli cruised with a 7,834-2,279 margin of victory. Original Story: Though it was a race that featured plenty of heated …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Sun declined to endorse a candidate for the 19th Middlesex District due to the negative tone of the race.
The Lowell Sun newspaper may have finally found something that state Rep. Jim Micelli and Tewksbury Selectman Doug Sears agree on. The rivals in the race for the seat from the 19th Middlesex District both feel that the Sun's decision not to endorse a candidate in the race was unwarranted. In announcing their endorsements in the State Legislative races earlier this week, the Sun took the unusual step of refusing to endorse either Miceli, the 18-term incumbent from Wilmington, or his Republican challenger Sears. The paper's editorial board explained their decision like this: "It's rare that we take this stance but The Sun chooses not to endorse either candidate. This race has been replete with gutter personal politics and bereft of any ideas…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
From a Tewksbury Hospital land deal to credit for local projects, rivals revealed longstanding animosity.
If anyone believed Tewksbury Selectman Doug Sears and state Rep. Jim Miceli might be exchanging Christmas cards this holiday season, those thoughts were dispelled after Wednesday night's debate at Tewksbury High School. The two candidates for the 19th Middlesex District (Tewksbury and Wilmington) seat, traded barbs and accusations throughout the debate, which was sponsored by the Lowell Sun, along with media partners, the Town Crier, Wilmington Patch and Tewksbury Patch. Miceli, D-Wilmington, displayed the familiar campaign ferocity that has helped him win 18 terms in the State Legislature. But Sears, the GOP challenger making his first run for state office, gave as good as he got and the exchanges prompted several warnings from moderator …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Republican is challenging incumbent state Rep. Jim Micelli in 19th Middlesex District.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the candidate Doug Sears.) Last week, Republican candidate for State Representative Doug Sears announced his endorsement by Citizens for Limited Taxation. Citizens for Limited Taxation (CLT), based in Marblehead, is a group focused on taxpayer issues and legislative reform. “I am thrilled to have the endorsement of Citizens for Limited Taxation. CLT works to inform voters about legislators who will stand up for the taxpayers and keep government spending in line. These are cornerstones for my campaign to rein in outrageous state spending and reduce the income and sales tax rates.” Sears began, “Rep. Miceli received a 56% failing grade from the 2011-2012 CLT legislative ratings. We …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Incumbent state representative declines invitations from local media outlets for two additional debates.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Republican Doug Sears says he is anxious to debate state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, as many times as possible in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 Election. Miceli has made clear he will only agree to one debate. That one debate will take place on Oct. 24 in the Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium. The event will be sponsored by the Lowell Sun and will feature a media panel including representatives from Patch and the Town Crier. Tewksbury Patch and Wilmington Patch had invited Sears and Miceli to participate in a one-on-one debate at Tewksbury Town Hall on Oct. 11. Similarly, the Town Crier had teamed with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Wilmington Public Access Television for a debate in Wilmington. In both cases Sears …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Doug Sears said he the high school project is priority No. 1 while issues with public comments and the Middlesex Ave./Glen Road intersection are also on his radar.
State Representative Jim Miceli weighed in on the high school appeals process this summer. Now, his opponent in the upcoming election is offering his thoughts on the topic and other issues facing Wilmington. Tewksbury selectman Doug Sears said the high school project is the No. 1 concern that he hears while talking to residents on the campaign trail. Sears said he understands why some parents in town may be frustrated by the process. “If I were a parent in the Wilmington schools and my child would be on the cusp of going to a brand new school, all I have to do is look at the brand new school in Tewksbury to visualize how excited I would be,” said Sears. “If there were folks who are trying to slow it down for reasons that may be less than …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Details of the race between James Miceli and Douglas Sears.
Massachusetts state representative are members of a state's legislative branch serving in the House of Representatives. This is an elected position, and chosen parties represent the voices of local residents. Sears, Miceli Trade Barbs Over Detox Center Rep. Miceli Weighs In On School Appeals Marchese Not Planning Run Against Miceli
Tewksbury selectman is trying to unseat long time Democratic incumbent James Miceli.
Name : Mr. Douglas Warren Sears Also known as : Doug Age : 65 Place of residence : Tewksbury, Ma Attended college : Yes College : Harvard College Degree : B.A. Year of graduation : 1969 University : Harvard Divinity School Degree : M. Div. Year of graduation : 1976 University : Suffolk University Law School Area of research : J.D. Year of graduation : 1986 Job titles held : Teacher, Minister, Lawyer, Selectman, School Committee, Employers : Tewksbury Selectman, Deputy Director at Department of Industrial Accidents, Malden Catholic High School, Medford High School, Stoneham High School, Tabor Academy Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: State office Running for position: 19th Middlesex District Representative Chamber/district: 19th…
Friday, September 14, 2012
State representative candidates in the 19th Middlesex District look to draw distinct differences as campaign enters final two months.
The candidates for state representative in the 19th Middlesex District agree that the re-opening of the Massachusetts Health Department Detox Center on the campus of Tewksbury Hospital is a good thing. But that's as far as it goes. State Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, and his GOP challenger, Tewksbury Selectman Doug Sears, differ significantly on who has done what to boost Tewksbury Hospital and the agencies that share its campus, both now and in the past. "(Sears) had absolutely nothing to do with it," said Miceli of the efforts of legislators to get the Detox Center re-opened. "It was myself, Tommy Grogan, Kevin Murphy. (Sears) was never involved with that." For his part, Sears acknowledges that he wasn't part of the process to restore …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Wilmington and Middlesex County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Wilmington Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. 19th Middlesex District Representative Race: Longtime 19th Middlesex District Representative James Miceli has had competition at the ballot box in previous years, defeating competitor Mario Marchese. This time around he'll face Tewksbury's Doug Sears as he seeks a return to office. 21st Middlesex District Representative Race: Burlington Selectman Walter Zenkin has announced he is collecting signatures to be on the Republic primary ballot in order to challenge sitting Democratic …