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|Duxbury to Join Halifax to Fight Split Districts|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 22 September 2003 13:43|
Since it happened in 2001, the splitting of Duxbury into two legislative districts with different state representatives has always sat uneasily with Duxbury town officials.
It turns out that another local town has had to endure the same type of split and has had enough. Halifax selectmen are seeking to reunite their town of 7,500 into one legislative district and are trying to convince their Representatives, Tom Oâ€™Brien and Daniel Webster, to redraw the lines that separated the town two years ago.
This week, Duxbury selectmen voted to support the Halifax selectmen and join the fight to regain the two Duxbury precincts, 1 and 6, which were lost to a separate district under redistricting.
Previously, all of Duxbury was in the 6th Plymouth District, along with Hanson and Pembroke. Redistricting moved Duxburyâ€™s precincts 1 and 6 into the 12th Plymouth District along with Kingston, Plympton, Precinct 1 of Halifax, Precincts 1 and 5 of Middleboro and some Plymouth precincts. The rest of Duxbury remained in the 6th Plymouth District with Precinct 2 of Halifax.
The representative at the time of redistricting was House Minority leader, Republican Frances Marini, representing the 6th Plymouth District. Now it is Daniel Webster, a Republican from Marshfield. The representative for the 12th Plymouth district is Democrat Tom Oâ€™Brien of Kingston.
Halifax selectmenâ€™s main objection to their split representation is that one of Halifaxâ€™s precincts is left out of the district of the Silver Lake Regional School, which includes Kingston and Plympton and Halifax. They want the legislative districts to be rearranged so Halifax is entirely in the same district as the other towns in Silver Lake. To do this, Halifax officials are suggesting that Duxburyâ€™s two precincts be put back into the 6th Plymouth district and that both Halifaxâ€™s precincts be reunited in the 12th Plymouth district with Kingston and Plympton.
Duxbury selectmen agreed to write Oâ€™Brien and Webster to ask them to consider sponsoring legislation to redraw the districts to unite the split towns.
Selectmen said that this action does not reflect on the good work that Oâ€™Brien and Webster are doing to represent Duxbury.
â€œItâ€™s not about personalities,â€ said Selectman John Tuffy. â€œBut as a town we are better served with a single representative.â€
â€œOver the long term, itâ€™s a much better idea to have one representative,â€ said Selectmen Chairman Betsy Sullivan.
Two years ago, Duxbury selectmen, Town Manager Rocco Longo, and the chairmen of both the Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee took their fight against redistricting to Beacon Hill where they met with state Senator Robert Hedlund, Duxburyâ€™s then state Representative Republican Frances Marini and Oâ€™Brien.
At that time, Duxbury selectman Andre Martecchini said that redrawing the district boundary lines â€œsmacks of state politics.â€ He blamed then Acting Gov. Jane Swift for not being willing to â€œstick her neck outâ€ and help towns on this issue.
In other business, selectmen:
â€¢Â Â Â praised Duxburyâ€™s public safety team for its work on the triathlon, which took place last Sunday.
â€¢Â Â Â granted a one-day liquor license for the October 17th October Fest at the senior center held by the Friends of the Council on Aging.
â€¢Â Â Â held off on granting permission for a two-day oriental rug tag sale at the United Methodist Church on High St. in November in order to find out whom the sale would benefit.