Large Crowd Expect to Cast Votes For Foxborough Selectman: (Take Our Poll)

The voters of Foxborough will have their pick of four candidates to fill two seats on the board of selectmen Monday.


In case the lawn signs across town don’t give it away, it's election time.

When voters go to the polls for local elections on Monday, there will be four candidates vying for the two three-year term selectmen spots available.

After seeing a voter turnout of 24.7-percent in 2009 and then 27.3 in 2010, the 2011 elections saw a drastic drop with only 17-percent of register voters in towns heading to the polls.

With the major issue of a casino on Route 1 taking the town by storm, turnout is expected to see a significant increase when Foxborough goes to vote May 7 at the Ahern School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Voter interest has been high this election season. I am anticipating a turnout in excess of 50-percent,” said Foxborough Town Clerk Bob Cutler.

The high interest is something that current board of selectmen chairman Larry Harrington noted during his reelection campaign.

“Never had so many people calling, asking for lawn signs and asking to help,” Harrington said. “This election should be a huge turnout.”

Harrington along with selectman candidate and current school committee member Martha Slattery support hearing a proposal over the potential casino and destination resort.

His support has made him a target for anti-casino voters looking to add another anti-casino vote to the board of selectmen. Last December, the board voted 3-2 to send a letter to Governor Deval Patrick, the Kraft Organization, the Wynn Group, and the State Gaming Commission saying that they will not negotiate a deal to place a casino across the street from Gillette Stadium.

Slattery has expressed caution concerning a casino, saying that she would rather see the proposal before deciding if she is for or against having the casino.

“Being for or against any issue before its presented to me is political suicide,” Slattery said at the Foxboro Jaycees’ Candidates Night on April 27.

Slattery, who currently sits on the school committee, is running for selectman for the second time after a failed attempt in 2009.

“Martha and I trust the 11,000 voters to make the decision after they carefully weigh the negatives and positives of the proposal,” said Harrington.

Voting in favor of the letter was Harrington’s fellow board member Lorraine Brue. The incumbent has shown optimism that she will be reelected on Monday.

“I believe my campaign has gone well and hope for a positive outcome on Monday,” said Brue. 

Like the other candidates, Brue has received an influx of support in what has been a more competitive election season that usual. 

“I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of support and good wishes I am receiving from residents who stop to talk with me about Monday's election,” Brue said.  “I am also appreciative of all of the support provided by members of my campaign team. They have been instrumental in helping me stay strong as a candidate.”

While some are focusing specifically on the casino issue, Ginny Copolla feels that she has more to off than just an opinion on the single issue. 

“I feel that my campaign is going very well because I reflect the opinions of the many people in Foxborough who do not want a casino sited in town,” Copolla said. “However, these same people feel that I will be able to tackle the other issues facing this town so that I am not viewed as an one issue candidate.”

Copploa, who is a former state representative and a former member of a racetrack research group, believes that voters while keeping the casino issue in mind are looking beyond that to choose the best representives for their town.

“While it was not my intention to make Monday's election a referendum on the casino issue, apparently it is more and more looking that way.  I prefer to think that the election is about the opportunity for the people of Foxborough to choose their representatives on the board of selectmen that reflect their own views,” Coppola said.

You can reach the candidates at their websites and emails:

Lorriane Brue: http://www.brueforselectman.org

Ginny Coppola: http://www.coppolaforselectman.com

Larry Harrington: www.larryharringtonforselectman.com

Martha Slattery:MarthaSlattery@gmail.com

Christine May 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
My husband and I are both anti-casino, however we both support Larry Harrington. A vote for Larry does not mean a vote for a casino. If/When the town votes on the casino we will vote accordingly.
Robin May 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Go Larry Go Casino let's stick it down these hicks throats
Deborah A Stewart May 05, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Steve and Michael thanks for your input. I too believe that when Martha and Larry get in there is NO sure fire way a resort/casino will be built here. But I for one want to see all the hard facts of "actual" structure, the dimensions of the "actual" casino space, water use and their plan for conservation and so much more. I didn't buy into the whole Beanie Babies hype, so maybe I can believe my opinion and judgement can withstand the hype and I can make an informed vote when I have all the info. Team Larry and MArtha! Please all vote on Monday!
Amy May 05, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Pay no mind to the obnoxious comments like the one above referring to Foxboro residents as "hicks" This is not the first time I hear a jokster refer to Foxboro as a bunch of "hicks" If this poster knew what a "hick" was, that does not define the people in this area, much less this town. We are a middle class town. We are next to many other middle class towns. We do not live in the boonies, we live off a major highway, Route 1. Every town has a few undesireables, namely some of the very outspoken casino advocates that do not represent the majority, but that comes with the issue unfortunately.
Foxboro Born May 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Larry Harrington will do everything in his power to get a casino in Foxboro. Don't kid yourself. He's been promoting a casino before Kraft/Wynn even has. And if you look in the papers, there are more positive quotes from Harrington about how wonderful a casino would be in Foxboro than Wynn.
Johnson J. Johnson May 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thanks, I needed a good laugh on a dreary morning. Fourteen people have left 30 comments that have nothing to do with whether or not a casino is good or bad for Foxboro. Casinos are coming to MA. Like it or not. Is it better that we host one which as a town we can control, or have one in the next town, which is out of our control? This is an opportunity for Foxboro to to grow in a responsible way. The benefits to the community far out- number the drawbacks. We are not hicks, but we need to stop acting like hicks.
Your neighbor May 05, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I agree with Johnson & Johnson...people don't realize that you can make a lot of money at a casino. I am willing to turn this town over to Kraft and Wynn. They are great men with proven track records. And everyone knows you DONT want to get on Mr. Krafts bad side.
Chilly McGee May 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Dennis, take a chill pill. It says right there that it is not a scientific poll.
Chilly McGee May 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Oh, we'll vote alright! You can count on that. (Before voting I will confer with my Grey Fox beanie baby)
CasinoMan May 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Go Larry...No mercy on Monday! The revolution is on!
Amy May 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Interesting how it is 2 days before the town election and all of a sudden, we get a barage of "new " posters (or should I say 'poster') posting obnoxious, childish, pro-casino comments. Just goes to show what we are dealing with. I can't wait for this to end when Brue and Coppola get elected. Oh, and BTW, Boston is getting the casino.
hector ballon May 06, 2012 at 11:52 AM
“Allow 11,000 people to vote” is the new calling to get voters to select Mr. Harrington and Ms. Slattery over the two other candidates. The Wynn Casino closes its flyers with “You deserve the right to choose” indicating that the Board of Selectmen is denying us the right to choose. Reflecting on the past month’s campaign rhetoric, it is clear that the “Freedom to Choose” issue has been exploited to convey the message that the present Board of Selectman are the culprits and that Ms. Brue should not be reelected as one that is not interested in hearing the voice of the majority. Who is the majority? The town voted to have a bylaw to protect the town against gambling, which required two thirds majority at Town Meeting. The majority have spoken. Their claim is not correct. The Democratic system is in place and it works. Provided one is willing to take the steps that are needed to bring about change, there is no possible way that an elected body can impose anything on the people. As explained by Mr. Paicos in September 2011, the public can present a petition to the Town Officials, with 100 signatures to request that an item be added to the Town Meeting warrant, to cancel or modify the Gambling By Law and/or to request that the BoS enters into a Host Community discussion with the Wynn Casino.
hector ballon May 06, 2012 at 11:56 AM
POST 2 Mr. Harrington was made aware of that option but chose not to act on it, nor to pass the information to those who are supporting his re-election. It would be naïve to assume that the Kraft Organization or the Wynn Casino legal teams were not aware that town by laws can be changed or modified and that the people have the power to demand items be added into a warrant for voting. They simply could have gone this route. Did they feel safe doing so? I doubt it, so their choice was simple- change the dissenting selectman and take over the decision making of the board to represent their interests. This year is Ms. Brue, next year could be Mr. DeVellis. Wynn Casinos/Kraft are not in a rush, as the legislation is not complete and they have plenty of time to influence town politics and get a friendly Pro Casino board so that they will get a better deal. So are our rights really being denied? Absolutely not. ! No one denied anyone their rights to get the 100 signatures. People just did not bother to follow procedures that are set up to protect our rights. The 100 signatures can be presented any time the public so desires.
hector ballon May 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
POST 3 The Wynn / Kraft group possibly knew, as a result of all of the polling they have been doing, that they would lose the vote should they have requested to have a referendum on gambling. They changed the strategy to make some people believe that their rights were being denied. They are hoping we would simply reject the present board to defend our right to be heard, not because we want the casino. I hope that we all vote to remain strong on our antigambling position until such a time that we can evaluate gambling without Wynn sponsored infomercials, that only show the glamour of the hotels business without the reality of the casino business that might come and change the dynamics of our town as well as our life as we know it . “DEMOCRACY IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR” VOTE FOR HARRINGTON/SLATTERY IS TO TELL WYNN/KRAFT THAT THEY CAN BUY INFLUENCE IN OUR TOWN
Menauhant May 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Please vote even a 50/60% turnout is too low. All I am hoping for from this election is elected officials with a goal to reduce taxes and the cost of town provided services. In reading the comments on Patch it looks to me like you have some candidates with open minds and some that are not. Hopefully the open minded ones will be elected and we can avoid lawsuits that we taxpayers have to fund. As far as a casino goes I very much doubt that Foxboro will ever be approved by the state to get the go ahead. Just get out to VOTE.
R. Hood May 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Stop, Stop , Stop! The casino is dead. Here's a novel idea. Why don't we evaulate the candidates based on their qualifications and credentials. We have a lot more glaring issues that will need to be addressed over the next couple years. (Where is the money going to come from to fix the pothole infested street that I drive up every day?) I do have to say that Harrington & Brue are the two most qualified candidates and both should retain their seat on the BOS. Any other combination would be detrimental to all of us!
Foxboro Born May 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Larry Harrington is not one of us and is bad for Foxboro. He needs to go.
Foxboro Born May 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Harrington/Slattery want the casino; Brue/Capolla don't. Wanting a casino in Foxboro doesn't make you open minded. In fact, Harrington is so set on getting a casino he is completely closed minded to any problems a casino will bring. He wants to give the casino to Kraft/Wynn no matter what it does to the town. He would negotiate for the best deal for Wynn, not for Foxboro. We need to get him out.
R. Hood May 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
It's ok to be intimidated by someone who's smarter than you. If your Foxboro Born mentality wants to perform a lobotomy on the BOS, by not voting for the two most qualified candidates, then good for you! Pat yourself on the back and keep wearing your townie/entitlement blinders.
Foxboro Born May 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Larry Harrington, who had secret meetings with Kraft and consistently bullies other board members and town employees, needs to be voted out. He is a tyrant.
R. Hood May 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I already said the casino is dead and I support Brue. Now based on that, your persanal hate for soemone aside and FACTS, who among the remaining three candidates is most qualified to sit on the BOS. Point me in the right direction with their qualifications, experience, etc...
Menauhant May 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Taxes and fees are too high in Foxboro and unfortunately it is very doubtful that Kraft/Wynn are not going to get a casino regardless of the outcome of this election. We will have to wait and see what Mr Kraft ends up building on the property and lets hope it is something that will reduce our taxes and fees. Vote this week!
Michael Stewart May 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM
This recent election season can not but bring into my mind its similarities to “Classic Novel” most probably read in school “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. A certain faction in our town seems to take their modus operandi from the rebellious animals. In a way trying to use democracy to subvert democracy! In my mind these quotes reflect their mind set: • "No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?" - George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 5 • "they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces…” -George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 7 • "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS" - George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 10 I hope that a majority of us consider all the consequences and make our voice heard in the Monday May 7 town election!
Foxboro Born May 06, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Lol. I'm a hater because I don't agree with you. Ok. Since you asked, Copolla was a Mass. state Rep. so she has experience dealing with the state. That is huge, considering all the money the state hands out to the towns. Brue has experience on the board and was also on the advisory committee. She takes time to research topics and I appreciate her commitment to our town. Maybe if you click your heals three times, you can make the casino issue go away. I'm going to vote for Brue/Copolla. There's no place like Foxboro, and I want to keep it that way.
R. Hood May 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
For my own information was Coppola appointed or elected? I think I, along with the Hector's of the town , should have a write in candidate "Foxboro Born" . I think this will get us to "All American City" status.
Foxboro Born May 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Gee thanks. Unfortunately, I'm trying to keep Foxboro from becoming a city. If you want to live in a city with a casino, Taunton might be getting one. I like Foxboro the way it is.
R. Hood May 06, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Back at you with LOL. In the end we're all neighbors and we're in this together!!!
One Day More May 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
One more day before the storm at the barricades of freedom. When our ranks begin to form, will you take your place with me? (the time is now the place is here). One more day to revolution we will nip in the bud...we'll be ready for these schoolboys they will wet themselves with blood! Do you here the people sing! Tomorrow is the judgement day. Tomorrow we'll discover what our God has in store. One more day, one day more
schooly D May 07, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Nice job with the Les Miserables lyrics!
xojmo May 07, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Les Miz and Animal Farm?! You know, I totally forget what this article was about as I scrolled through all the very interesting comments (I'm looking at you Chilly McGee!). Funny thing is, I told the Casino guy, if you can promise Foxboro won't lose power for five days like we did last fall, I'm sure you'd be welcomed with open arms. He knew what i was talking about, and he said that would be discussed at an open meeting. If Kraft can get his electricity from somewhere else, well then maybe Wynn Casinos can help us do that too. Think about what they could do for Foxboro, as opposed to the fictitious "hookers" and "drugs" it'll bring to our town. Open your minds. That's all. Listen. Learn. And then make an informed decision.


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