The race is on... Dems' politics heat up in Bridgewater

Dems' politics heat up in Bridgewater

It appears there will be a political season in Bridgewater.

What had started out as unchallenged runs for small-town public office have become true races as incumbents rejected by the Democratic Party are now fighting for seats on boards and commissions.

Longtime Democratic selectman Neil Cable has petitioned to run as an independent in the Nov. 3 election for the first selectman's seat.

Mr. Cable has been a selectman for 18 years but was passed over at the party caucus earlier this month. While Mr. Cable has filed paperwork as a petitioning candidate, he is still determining if he will, in fact, run.

In his bid for the first selectman's position, he would be taking on First Selectman Bill Stuart, who has held the seat for 26 years.

"I filed to keep my options open to run," Mr. Cable said Wednesday. "I don't like what's going on, with the Democrats trying to get rid of [incumbent officials] George Allingham and Jean Bandler."

"I feel it may be time to take action," he added. "I have to talk this over with my family next."

Two Democratic incumbents, Mr. Allingham and Mrs. Bandler, are petitioning for a primary race on Sept. 15.

George Allingham, who has sat on the Board of Finance for more than 20 years, has challenged Nancy Hawley and Lori Zummo Franklin, both of whom were selected over him by the Democrats to run for finance seats. Mr. Allingham would be running as a Democrat in the Nov. 3 election if he were to win the primary.

A Democratic incumbent on the Planning & Zoning Commission, Jean Bandler has also petitioned for a Sept. 15 primary run.

She has served for more than 10 years, serving as vice chairman for the past six. She has petitioned to primary against Wayne Khare, who was also nominated at the Democratic caucus.

If she were to survive the primary, she would run as a Democrat in the Nov. 3 election.