Tuesday, April 30, 2013
State representative releases press release outlining budget passed by House of Representatives.
Tuesday, April 30
(Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by the office of State Representative James Miceli, D-Wilmington.) State Representative Miceli joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday in passing a balanced FY ’14 budget focused on increased government accountability and oversight across the Commonwealth. Through this budget, by increasing Chapter 70 funding by $5.3M, the House strengthens the state’s commitment to cities and towns that are paying more than their target local contribution. The $34 Billion budget ensures over $1 Billion will remain in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Rep. Miceli was also responsible for inserting a 2 million dollar amendment in the Budget for state hospitals. The…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dear Editor, This past election cycle has been quite the whirlwind and very exhausting on all of us with all of the TV ads, mailers and telephone calls. I am quite happy with two things, first and foremost it’s all over (at least for two more years) and second that Representative James Miceli was re-elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. I know this may be a “what did he just say” moment, as Representative Miceli and I had a very well spirited campaign two years ago. However, truth be told and all politics aside, Representative Miceli does do a great job for his constituents. Just recently a good friend of mine (and a very big supporter of my campaign) was going thru some tough times and reached out to Representative …
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 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 …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Participants at Monday's public hearing with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation regarding the intersection of Middlesex Ave., Glen Road, and Wildwood Street were surprised to hear it may not be finished until 2016.
Wilmington town officials are excited about the prospect of a new intersection at Middlesex Ave., Glen Road and Wildwood Street. What they aren't happy with, however, is the construction timeline laid out by the state. During Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation laid out the design plans. But officials were stunned to find out the intersection will likely not be completed until 2016. Selectmen approved a design for the project in 2008, and that design was approved by the state in 2009. According to Town Manager Michael Caira, the DOT has been reviewing the plans ever since, despite statistics that show the intersection is the source of twice the state average for motor vehicle accidents. “That…
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
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 …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wilmington's Mario Marchese will stick to School Committee, but Tewksbury selectman Doug Sears may run for state representative.
For a man who is supposed to be retired, Doug Sears keeps himself pretty busy and appears ready to take on a new challenge. The Tewksbury selectman and semi-retired attorney has told family and friends that he is considering a run for state representative. Contacted by telephone, Sears said he had not yet made a final decision but was giving "serious consideration" to running for the Republican nomination in the 19th Middlesex District. Sears won a third term as selectman in April. Should Sears decide to run, he will have his work cut out for him. Incumbent state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, has held the seat for 35 years. In 2010, Miceli swamped Republican challenger Mario Marchese. Reached by telephone, Marchese confirmed that he would…