What messages can we take away from the election?

Jam session is an opinion forum offering comments on issues from a group of Plymouth residents. It appears on the Forum pages in the Weekend edition of the OCM.

The newspaper poses a question to the group each week, and participants choose whether to comment. This column is designed to bring the voices of well-informed residents into the Forum page to address issues, one at a time.

Participants cross the local political spectrum and live throughout the town. Some are current or past Town Meeting representatives, and all are active in the community. We hope their diverse points of view will encourage discussion of the issues Plymouth faces.

 

This week's question

Local midterm election results don't contain the drama of the national election. Nevertheless, what messages can we take away from the election, generally and specific to Plymouth or the area?

 

Pat Adelmann

The results of the local Plymouth races were no surprise. Plymouth voters returned Sen. deMacedo and Rep. Muratore to office. Both are true gentlemen who do not reflect the vitriolic rhetoric of the president and have shown their ability to work across the aisle to get things done for Plymouth and the commonwealth.

I admire the courage of Deb Rudolph to challenge such a formidable incumbent in the State Senate race and the fortitude of John Mahoney for his persistence in running for 1st Plymouth District representative again. These unsuccessful candidates would serve well in elected offices in the future.

Kathy LaNatra, with the support of former Rep. Tom Calter, proved hard to beat in the 12th Plymouth District, but Joe Truschelli showed his statesmanship and solid qualifications for later elected office.

Although I am a Democrat, I believe that our state delegation will vote for what is best for Plymouth and on issues where political philosophy matters; the majority at the State House will get it right. Of major concern to me are the votes that Geoff Diehl received, especially in Plymouth. Geoff Diehl voted: No to removing firearms from those deemed an extreme threat, No to the minimum wage and paid leave programs, No to access for high quality health insurance and No to prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity. As a U.S. senator, he would have been devastating.

Pat Adelmann has been a Plymouth resident since 1977and is a mother of five Plymouth Public School graduates, a proud grandmother of 12, a former School Committee member and a former Town Meeting representative.

 

Jay Beauregard

My concern is financial. President Trump and the Republicans managed to make great strides in the business sector. Stock market at record high, businesses moving back to the United States, regulations cut, low unemployment in many decades. Wealth being created by and being able to be kept by the people earning it.

Plymouth is a primarily a tourist town. We want people to drive hundreds/thousands of miles to spend their money here. Common sense, less money they have, less they spend.

Businesses rely on as little regulations and taxes as possible as this keeps profits up. The Democrats believe in high taxes and high regulations and as big and involved government as possible.

The good side of the Republicans losing the House is the Democrat idea of free college. I’d love to go back and continue my education for free. No tax dollars involved at all. The teachers and employees donating their time. (God Bless them).

As there are not enough colleges for all of us to attend at once I’m sure the Democrats will mandate that we “older” people go first and the younger wait their turn. Or it’s not really free and only those who government chooses get to go?

We’ll have to wait and see.

Jay Beauregard, born and raised in Plymouth, served four years in the Marine Corps and has worked for 38 years at a local company. He is a Libertarian who served three terms as a Town Meeting rep from Precinct 6.

 

Karen Buechs

It may be surprising to some, top Democrats both here and in Congress say Plymouth tends to vote conservatives into office. Other politicians and residents say we are liberal.

I simply say, it’s not so much that we vote Democrats or Republicans into office. The fact is, Plymouth voters have common sense. We vote for candidates who are a known and a proven entity. We vote for people who are loyal and steadfast. I find those that win include you in their equation. They get things, important to us, accomplished.

Whether they serve on certain boards within our town, or higher state offices, they all serve with honor and dignity. Each places their constituents first. We are very fortunate here in Plymouth. We elect intelligent, caring officials, on both sides, who have our best interests at heart.

Karen Buechs is a Town Meeting representative and serves as Chair of Precinct 7. She sat on the Manomet Steering Committee, Manomet Village Common Inc., Capital Outlay Committee and the Revenue Idea Task Force. She also served as Charter Commission member and on three Charter Review Committees. Along with her husband Ken, Karen has been a resident of Plymouth for 46 years.

 

Mike Landers

I was very pleased to see such a diverse group of candidates elected to state and national positions. The Democrats thankfully won the House, so we finally have checks and balances again. I hope that it will mean less hate and more team collaboration moving forward.

I have to believe that Donald Trump is starting realize that he might need to stop calling the Democrats “evil” and actually begin to mend fences with them in order to begin the healing in Congress. We’ll see if he can stay on task long enough to do that. I have my doubts.

Mike Landers is a Town Meeting representative and is the founder and producer of Project Arts of Plymouth. He is also the owner of Nightlife Music Company and is a performing musician.

 

David Peck

Local election message: energized electorate, with turnout higher than the state average. While the results of the election were basically status quo, with incumbents winning without any cliffhangers, results were slower than normal due to high turnout across town. For example, Precinct 15 (Pinehills) came in last, hours after the polls closed, because of the numbers of voters. While it may have been that people were motivated by these local midterms as somehow a plebiscite on Trump, lots of people voted and that is always a good thing. Hopefully this momentum will continue into the spring, when there will be very interesting local elections in May, with two Select Board seats up for grabs.

Congratulations and thanks to all the candidates, successful or not, for running clean respectful campaigns and to the poll workers for their good work. Now let's remove all those campaign signs!

David Peck is the retired director of Facility Planning at Boston Children's Hospital. He serves as the chairman of the Plymouth Building Committee and vice-chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is a Town Meeting representative from Precinct 4.

 

Roger Silva

Status quo. When are there any changes in Massachusetts?

Roger Silva is a former five-term Plymouth selectman who began public service as an elected Town Meeting member. He has served on the Advisory and Finance Committee and two charter commissions.