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Tuesday, September 8: vote! And vote O’Clair!

Ron O’Clair – a damn fine writer! He’d also make a helluva Worcester City Councilor! We’re re-posting his candidacy announcement here! – R. Tirella

By Ron O’Clair

To each and every registered voter of Worcester: I would be deeply honored if you vote for me, Tuesday, September 8. I am running for a Worcester City Councilor At-Large seat.

I have long been involved with citizen activism, having worked with all of my former District 4 Worcester City Councilors since I purposely established myself as a resident here on Main Street in the 700 block, where I have had a bird’s eye view of the goings on in the public streets since the 3rd day of July, 1996.

I worked first with District 4 City Councilor Janice Nadeau, her successor Barbara Haller and, after a time, Barbara’s successor, Sarai Rivera. I have found all three of these women to be tireless workers trying to make the quality of life here in District 4, and the City of Worcester in general, better for all who live and work here.

Over the years I have even sponsored petitions to the Worcester City Council in my attempts to improve living conditions here in the City of Worcester, specifically Main Street, where criminal activity had been allowed to prosper to the point that life in my district became intolerable.

I have always been an ardent supporter of the rights of the people as outlined in the United States Constitution since signing on the dotted line when I became a noncommissioned officer with the United States Air Force Reserve program at Westover, AFB in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.

I have attended and participated in numerous Worcester crime watch meetings, authored many articles to bring attention to the problems facing our city, and most of all, observed with a critical eye the root causes of what I perceive to be the decline of Worcester since the time of my youth, until the current time we live in now where disrespect for authority seems to be on the rise, and a sizable percentage of Worcester residents are involved in illegal activities that stem directly from the sale and use of illegal narcotics.

I was initially educated in the Worcester Public School system – one of the finest in the nation – and have credits towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science with the Community College of the United States Air Force. I left formal education early to enter the workforce, due to a pressing need within my family, earning a G.E.D. through the Worcester Night Life program in order to qualify for entrance into the military with a high school education or its equivalent. I never stopped seeking knowledge and have the accumulated wisdom learned the hard way, by practical experience.

I have a strong desire to help transform the City of Worcester back into a place where anyone can succeed on a basis of equality. There will be many people who will try to discredit me, something I have been dealing with since I was 25 years old, and a victim of the old “good ole boy” corruption then in power in Worcester County. Throughout the entire ordeal, I never gave up being an ardent supporter of law enforcement, which is essential to maintain a Democracy, such as the one we live in.

I will run my campaign like my idol John F. Kennedy did, meeting and greeting as many voters as I can in a grass roots effort to secure enough signatures on the nomination papers to get on the ballot in the upcoming election.

My record of service to my City of Worcester, and my country, speaks for itself, and will withstand any challenges made upon it, despite my having been diagnosed with bi-polar. Winston Churchill was said to suffer from the same malady, and it did not affect his ability to help govern Great Britain to victory during the Second World War. Truth be told, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to see firsthand how the criminals and those diagnosed mentally ill are treated within our institutions, and society in general. I will advocate on the behalf of those afflicted, as I have met some of the best people in the strangest places.

If elected to the position that I seek, I will faithfully execute the duties of the office that I enter, and work ceaselessly to make the City of Worcester a better place to live for ALL of its residents, regardless of any labels put upon them based on race, handicap, religion, sexual orientation, gender, illness or age.

Please consider voting for Mr. Ronald L. O’Clair, City Council At-Large in the next election.

Thank you, and may the God of your understanding bestow upon you many blessings.

Worcester, get out and VOTE next Tuesday, September 8


By Edith Morgan

Where will you be on September 8th?

Are  you one of those rare creatures who votes in every election since you got the right to vote, either by coming of age or by getting your citizenship?

Then I thank you, and you need not stay with me to read this column. “You deserve a break,” as the advertising slogan goes, and I hereby hope you go out and give yourself a well-deserved treat.

Now then, for the rest of you: What is so very important, so very time-consuming, so very demanding of your time, that you, a registered voter in Worcester, cannot make the time to exercise one of the most fundamental duties and privileges of living in a democracy?!!

You say: I forgot!

But there are so many reminders all about the day: lawn signs, ads on the TV and radio, phone calls from campaigns for the candidates, knocks on your door, signs being held at intersections – so many reminders in so many places that you would have to be brain dead not to notice.

You say you are so busy you cannot make the time.

Polls are open for 13 (yes, 13!!!) hours – and very few of you out there work 13 hours on a Tuesday!

You say you have no transportation.

Most of the candidates offer transportation … or perhaps you are friends with a neighbor or co-worker who votes and would gladly take you to the polls.

You say you don’t know the candidates because you have not been following the news and don’t know what they do, or plan to do.

At each polling place, we post a ballot listing all the candidates. Come a few minutes early and peruse those sample ballots.

You say you don’t speak English, or you don’t speak it very well.

Our ballots are printed in English and Spanish, and you are allowed to bring along an interpreter, if you need one.

You say you have a disability – cannot see well, cannot hear well, are wheelchair-bound, or are in some other way limited in the performance of this duty: but at every polling place there are special provisions for you so you can vote in comfort and ease.

I have been a warden at a polling place for many, many years. I know that everything has been done to make voting easy, fast, and comfortable. Let me take you on a “virtual“ tour of my precinct poll: We get there by 6:30 a.m. ( I have to be there by 6 a.m.); we put up signs identifying what ward and precinct we are, mark the handicapped entrance, put up sample ballots and other instructions for voters, set up two tables (one to check you in, the other to check you out.)The booths have been set up the previous night, and as soon as the policeman assigned to us arrives with the ballots, the voting machine, and all the papers  we need to perform our jobs, we are set up. We are very fortunate that our site is located at Dodge Park Rest Home, as we enjoy the many conveniences provided by the owners.

Everything has been done to make voting in Worcester quick, efficient, accurate and pleasant.

So why isn’t every registered voter in our city doing his/her duty?

It’s the least we all can do to show appreciation for the privilege  of voting.

Lilac is still too skittish for InCity Times’ high-tech, pressure-cooker election photo shoots! November, little girl!