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Two more jump into Selectmen race

April 1, 2015

Two more candidates jumped into the race for the Walpole Board of Selectmen last night, coincidentally at about the exact same time.

Precinct 4 RTM David A. Salvatore, a local attorney, took out papers to run for one of the two three-year terms available on the Board this year. About five minutes later, former Selectman Eric Kraus also took out nomination papers to run for the Board. Both men signed each other’s nomination papers and wished each other luck in the campaign.

Salvatore was joined by his son, David L., who took the opportunity to register to vote a few weeks after his 18th birthday. He was also one of the first people to sign his father’s nomination papers.

Soon after taking out papers, Salvatore embarked on the first leg of a town-wide door-knocking campaign in an East Walpole neighborhood. Afterward, he posted on his Facebook page that the residents he met were “very receptive” to his message that the current Selectmen are out of touch.

Kraus collected signatures from town employees within a few minutes of pulling papers.

Both Kraus and Salvatore join incumbent Selectwoman Nancy Mackenzie in the race. Selectman Chris Timson is not running again.

In a press release a few hours before taking out papers, Salvatore said he was intent on running a grassroots campaign.

“Now that my son is registering to vote, I hope to earn not only his vote but the votes of thousands of residents,” Salvatore said. In the press release, he said he would be “gathering signatures over the next couple of weeks and listening to voters.”

“I think that I am going to continue to find that [the voters] are in agreement that it is time for more creative, fiscally conservative thinking on the Board of Selectmen,” he said.

Salvatore, largely unknown outside his Precinct 4 constituency, will seek to become the first political newcomer since David Sullivan to secure a spot on the Board of Selectmen. However he is not new to the political arena, as his father served two terms as a City Councilor in Providence during the 1970s.

Kraus, who served on the Board from 2010 to 2013, has touted economic development and a pro-business mindset as his major accomplishments as a Selectman. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the town’s new community cable access station, Walpole Media Corporation, and is on the board of the Walpole Little League. Although Kraus supported overrides during his tenure as a Selectman, he is well-respected by many top fiscal conservatives for his frequent propitiatory approaches to some issues.

David L. Salvatore,  Town Clerk Ronald Fucile and David A. Salvatore shortly after the elder Salvatore took out nomination papers. (picture submitted by Salvatore campaign)

David L. Salvatore, Town Clerk Ronald Fucile and David A. Salvatore shortly after the elder Salvatore took out nomination papers. (Photo submitted by Salvatore campaign.)

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