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Ashland Selectman to Challenge State Rep. Sannicandro

Chair of the Ashland Selectmen Jon Fetherston wants the state representative seat held by Tom Sannicandro; part of the district includes sections of Framingham.

Chair of the Ashland Selectmen Jon Fetherston filed paperwork to form a committee with the intent to run for the 7th District Middlesex County State Representative seat held by Tom Sannicandro.

Sannicandro has held the seat since 2005, and was the former chair of the Ashland School Committee.

The 7th District Middlesex County seat includes all of Ashland and Precincts 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18 of Framingham. But with redistricting, precinct 15 in Framingham will be moving to the district currently held by State Rep. Chris Walsh for the 2012 election.

Nomination papers for the state rep seat must be pulled by Feb. 14, 2012. The election is Nov. 6, 2012.

Fetherston is the chair of the MetroWest Regional Collaborative. He also serves on the board for the Ashland Emergency Fund, the Ashland Coalition for Teens, the Ashland Affordable Housing Trust Committee and the Ashland Republican Town Committee.

In recent years, he has served on the MetroWest Regional Transportation Authority and the Ashland Parent Advisory Council.

Fetherston is a veteran of the United States Army. He is also very active with the Aspergers Association of New England.

Fetherston lives in Ashland with his wife, Wendy of 19 years along his two teenage boys, Andrew and Nicholas.

Chair of the Committee to Elect Jon Fetherston is Ed McGrath of Framingham.

The Treasurer is Terry Hendrix of Ashland.

IThe Committee to Elect Jon Fetherston address is P.O. Box 221 Ashland 01721

TMM February 14, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I will be supporting Jon Fetherston in his efforts to become our 7th District Middlesex County State Representative. I was pleased to see him, as well as State Rep Chris Walsh, attending last Saturday's Public Assessment meeting at the library. Jon Fetherston's presence is reassuring. I expect that he will be listening to us and will become familiar with other issues we have in his area of Framingham. The present representative, Thomas Sannicandro, has provided marginal contacts with those of us in Framingham. In my opinion he is "invisible." No public statements concerning his constituents. Not responsive to emails or phone calls. He doesn't always appear at scheduled public meetings. Instead, his assistants have spoken in his behalf. Many citizens who wanted to personally speak with Mr. Sannicandro expressed disappointment. As much as I have tried to personally speak with Mr. Sannicandro on the phone, he is never reachable. He is a disappointment. We need Jon Fetherston - someone who will sincerely care and Work with Us. George Lewis Framingham Town Meeting Member Precinct 18, Chair
Jim Rizoli February 14, 2012 at 03:17 AM
George, I agree with you assessment of Sannicandro. Another white shirt lawyer collecting a paycheck. He knows he will get in no matter what and he does as little as he can to be there for the people. Him and his side kick Spilka the Social Service, give illegal aliens everything they want madam, will continue to turn our town into Social Service Heaven...... I will say that Chris Walsh is very approachable and that's a good thing. Jim@ccfiile.com
Bob Berman February 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
George, your analysis' could not be more off base from what I have experienced. I have found Rep. Sannicandro easy to reach by simply emailing his office or calling his staff or simply approaching him at one of the many community events he attends. His knowledge of Framingham and our issues runs deep, he is a Framingham native with family and friends in the area. He is a leader on important issues at the state house like improving the lives of the disabled and making further improvements to our already nationally strong higher education opportunities. I don't know Mr. Fetherston, he seems like a decent guy. I do know Tom, and I know for sure that he is an effective Representative who cares deeply about his constituents from both Ashland and Framingham.
TMM February 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Mr. Berman: I respect your opinion of Mr. Sannicandro. I do not wish to get into an ongoing discussion about the matter on Patch. As I said in my initial posting, I am basing my opinion from personal experiences with the State Rep, his committee and his office. When Mr. Sannicandro was running for re-election last time, I telephoned and sent emails to his "Committee to Elect Tom Sannicandro." It is my duty as a Framingham Town Meeting Member and Chair of Precinct 18 to help my constituency. It is my responsibility to know more about Mr. Sannicandro and what he is doing to help Framingham people. I sent a few emails and attempted to telephone his office but received no replies - not even the Committee who had been involved in promoting the State Representative. It was not a good first impression. There were other frustrating occasions. Well, actually there were a few times when I was contacted: Self-promotional material, and asking for support and pledges. I believe a state representative should be accessible to those he represents. The public would be more supportive if they felt a closer connection. The public wants to feel that someone is listening to them and doing something. Mr. Berman, I welcome you to respond directly to me if you wish. I believe you are a member of Frambors and you can find me there.
Jim Rizoli February 14, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Bob...Of course he's respond to you...you're a Democrat! Birds of a feather flock together. I kinda look at the condition of the area a politician represents to judge how good a job they are doing. Lets look at the South side of Framingham, it's little South America! Tons of foreclosures, wouldn't say it's the safest place to be, etc etc... Yup, he's doing a great job! But not for the Americans. He's great helping the illegals and the Social Services big time. So if this is what people want that sure got it in him. Jim@ccfiile.com
Terry Hendrix February 14, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I have found Mr Sannicandro reluctant to speak about reductions in spending. In fact, he thinks his job is to SPEND our money! Let's give Mr Fetherston a shot. We need the change.

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