2010-02-12 / Front Page

And the race(s) begin

Glodis’ formal announcement of a run for office kicks off other campaigns
STORY BY CAITLYN KELLEHER

Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis formally announced his campaign for state auditor last week; the expected announcement set off a series of other announcements this month from other politicians.

“As auditor, I will continue that no-nonsense, independent approach, ensuring the Auditor’s Office is an independent, non-partisan agency driven by the best interests of taxpayers and not the status quo,” Glodis said in his announcement speech.

Glodis is seeking to replace Joseph DeNucci, who will be retiring at the end of this year. Glodis, who lives in Auburn, was elected as sheriff in 2004, after serving in the Legislature for eight years.

During his announcement event, Glodis explained his vision for the Auditor’s Office, specifically playing a greater role in fiscal and policy issues.

“I believe the Auditor’s Office can and should be more than just a fiscal watchdog. The auditor can be on the front lines of job creation, reducing property taxes, economic development, and good government.”

Thomas Foley of Worcester Thomas Foley of Worcester Glodis’ announcement set the stage for those who are running for Worcester County Sherriff.

Thomas Foley of Worcester is preparing for a run and garnering support and officially announced his candidacy last week. Foley, who is a member of the Governor’s Council and represents most of Worcester County on that board, will be running in the Democratic primary.

Foley sites his 26 years in law enforcement as some of his qualifications to hold the office of Sheriff, during his time with the State Police he was stationed throughout the state including Brookfield, Sturbridge, Holden and Leominster.

He is a former colonel and superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, he retired in 2004. He also served as a corrections officer at MCI Walpole in the late 1970s and as a correction counselor at South Middlesex Pre-Release Center in Framingham.

Foley said in a press release that he would work to de-politicize the WCHC and would not accept campaign contributions from any current employee at the Worcester County House of Correction. In his opinion, it is a public safety facility and should be managed by a qualified public safety professional.

Foley received the coveted and prestigious United States Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service from Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004. During his term as the superintendent of the State Police, Foley instituted the Amber Alert program in Massachusetts with local police chiefs to protect children from being abducted. Foley assumed command of the State Police shortly after 9/11 and coordinated the State Police response and plan to combat terrorism.

Democrat Scot Bove, an assistant deputy superintendent at the Worcester County House of Corrections, announced last week that he will seek the office and independent

Keith Nicholas, who will run as an independent, announced his intentions this past Monday.

State Rep. Lewis Evangelidis (R-Holden) is expected to make his campaign official on Feb. 24. Evangelidis has represented 1st Worcester District for the last seven years in the state House of Representatives.

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