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Top 5 Watertown Political Stories of 2011

Special elections, Walmart and the teachers' contract were all part of the town's politics this year.

Political stories were aplenty in Watertown in 2011, including a double helping of special elections, Walmart and teachers contracts.

  1. The first special election of the year was called to fill the 10th Middlesex House seat after . Watertown Town Councilor in April, in which he faced candidates from Newton and Waltham, and despite having only one precinct in his hometown. He then in May against Republican James Dixon.
  2. A major political issue arose out of a what cannot even be called a proposed development. organized by a group against the proposal. The proposal then became an issue in November's town election, as , despite Mandel running a two-week write-in campaign.
  3. The Second Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate, which represents Watertown, became open when. The second special election ensued, and and were among the four candidates vying for the senate seat. In the end, , and appears a shoe-in with no opposition in the special election on Jan. 10.
  4. The School Committee has faced the question of when the teachers' contact will be signed since April, when the board . The teachers union filed a complaint with the state . Parents filled the high school auditorium in March, . The teachers have , but it appears 2011 will end with no new contract.
  5. West End residents filled meeting rooms on several occasions in 2011 to oppose the proposed 200-plus unit apartment complex on Waltham Street. The project was . Part of the proposal includes , near the Waltham-line. , which is yet to make a ruling on the project.
John MacNeill January 03, 2012 at 03:05 PM
>The teachers union filed a complaint with the state accusing the School Committee with negotiating in bad faith. This needs a follow-up story.
WallSmart January 03, 2012 at 06:25 PM
No news there, the Townie Toffs have a long history of ignoring their legal obligations...SSDD.
John MacNeill January 03, 2012 at 06:46 PM
@WallSmart, I liked you better as "Sonny Beaches." >>Sonny Beaches >>8:37 am on Sunday, April 3, 2011 >>Mr. MacNeill you simply don’t understand the Townie mindset. Many years ago a new field was needed so a committee was formed, consultants hired and the process began. Now after decades of deliberation an edict has been issued by the Toffs: “The stars are aligned, let the paving commence”. Fear not that the requirement for a petrochemical playground has long passed, for the Townies proclaim, “Build it and they will come”.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) January 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
John, Last I heard, the state has not ruled on the teachers union's complaint. I will look into what the latest is on the complaint.

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