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Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis spoke at the Twin City Tea Party this Monday about his tenure so far.

Lew stressed the difference between the good old boy network and actually solving problems.

Lots of interesting races but for me there are three that stand out for me.

Kamal Jain at the Twin City Tea Party March 2010

Two of them are statewide: State Auditor features two spectacular candidates Mary Z. Connaughton and Kamal Jain are both seeking the auditor’s office. Mary has the experience as a CPA, Kamal has some spectacular ideas and experience as an efficiency expert. I will be happy with either candidate picking one is going to be the toughest vote I’ve ever cast. I keep going back and forth and I likely won’t make a final decision until I get into the booth. (Whoever loses this race needs to run for another office in 2012 so I can vote for them)

Mary Connaughton in Framingham August 2010

For Attorney General Guy Carbone and James McKenna are both running Sticker campaigns. Again both are more than acceptable. Carbone is paisan, his story is the story of my family, his patron saint is the patron of my church (St. Anthony di Padua) and his positions sync with mine, James McKenna is not paisan, I have no idea of his family background, but our positions also sync, I have some familiarity with his work as a prosecutor and his work with ethics and he will get my vote today.

Jim McKenna (right) at the Reading Tea party 9/2010

There are also contested primaries in the congressional races for the 5th, 3rd and 10th districts, most of the action is on the GOP side.

The other race that interests me in on the Democratic side and is local. For Worcester County Sheriff you have Tom Foley vs Scott Bove. Massachusetts is one of the few states where the Sheriff’s office is not very powerful. Foley has a long experience in law enforcement but Bove has 20 years at the prison itself as a Co. Since the primary duty is to run the prison Foley has to have my nod.

Scott Bove (D) for Sheriff

These races won’t get the press that Christine O’Donnell vs Mike Castle is getting in Delaware but the names in these small races often are where future reps, governors, and congressmen come from. The Mass GOP is building up its farm system and will be ready to play hardball in 2012.

At the Twin City Tea Party Candidate Forum yesterday we had 1 republican, 1 Independent and 2 democrats at the Twin city Candidate forum Lets see the candidates in the order they spoke:

First up was Keith Nicholas Independent

He then took questions:

Next up was Republican Lew Evangelidis

There weren’t as many questions as he had appeared before the Tea party before

Third was Democrat Scott Bove, he is the only candidate who actually works in the Prison.

And he of course took questions:

Finally was Tom Foley

And he took questions

Mr. Evangelidis left shortly after his presentation but I talked to the other three candidates to see what they thought:

Keith Nicholas

Scott Bove:

And Tom Foley:

Candidates of all parties showing up to Tea Party events, what will the MSM say? they keep showing up at local Tea Party Candidate forums. Here are some photos from the event:

People gathered as the Candidates and their supporters arrived

The crowd was good particularly early

This photo must be an optical illusion

Don’t tell Charles Sherrod that guy was there

A few of the candidates for Sheriff posed for pictures:

Keith Nicholas (I) for Worcester County Sheriff

One Independent

Scott Bove (D) for Sheriff

Bove made his second appearance at twin city

Tom Foley (D) for Worcester County Sheriff

For Foley it was his first visit, those D’s are not an illusion I guess they didn’t get the NAACP memo that we were a bunch of evil loons. The Republican candidate was also there but he was in and out and I didn’t get a chance to get a posed solo shot of him.

Now thats a gavel for a tea party meeting

Gotta love the cool Tea Party Gavel. Talked to several people in attendance before the candidates went on:

First there was Bob

And then there was Joanne:

Unfortunately Joanne left right after the forum so not only did she miss getting interviewed a 2nd time but she missed the Monday 25 cent wings and half price appetizers at the Border Grille & Bar after 8 p.m. That’s tragic. However I did catch Bob again:

This post is already the size of Cuba so I’ll put the actual candidate speeches in a later post. I still have to tweak the Youtube descriptions and one video upload failed overnight. I’ll have news from the forum all through the day.

Update: Candidate forum videos up