Koh Picks Up Fitchburg Backing

August 14, 2018 GMT

FITCHBURG -- ‘Tis the season for political endorsements, and it seems former Fitchburg Mayor Jeff Bean does not agree with the current mayor on which of the 10 Democrats in the primary fight for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District is the right person for the job.

Bean has endorsed Dan Koh for congress, according to the Koh campaign. The announcement comes a few weeks after Mayor Stephen DiNatale threw his weight behind former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Rufus Gifford.

“Dan doesn’t just talk -- he has real experience working to generate economic development, improve city services, and help constituents,” Bean was quoted as saying in a statement from the Koh campaign, adding that Koh will be the most effective advocate for developing downtown Fitchburg and creating jobs.

Fitchburg City Councilor Paul Beauchemin is also backing Koh, according to the Koh campaign. He joins fellow City Councilor Sam Squailia and School Committee member Jean LaBelle-Pierce in his support for Koh, a former chief of staff of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

The primary election is on Sept. 4.

Deadline to change party nears

LUNENBURG -- Want to vote in next month’s state primary election?

Wednesday is the deadline to change party enrollment for the Sept. 4 primary.

Residents can go to the Town Clerk’s Office on the 15th between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The clerk’s office hours Tuesday are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

They can also obtain absentee ballots if they can’t vote on election day.

Minor Leominster fire knocked down

LEOMINSTER -- Firefighters from Leominster and Fitchburg responded to a minor building fire in an Austin Street home just after 1 p.m. Monday.

No one was injured in the fire, which Leominster Fire Chief Robert Sideleau said started in one of the house’s interior walls while the homeowner was away at work.

Sideleau said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, though he said he did not think its cause is suspicious.