Fifth Plymouth Representative District Candidates: Nyman, Valanzola, Welch and Davis

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» Rhonda Nyman (D)
» Jared Valanzola (R)
» Korey Welch (R)
» Ian Davis (I) write-in

Rep. Robert J Nyman, who was running as the single Democratic candidate in this race was found dead in his pool June 26th.

This leaves the race with 2 Republican challengers, Welch and Valanzola.

Under state law when a party candidate dies unexpectedly after the filing deadline representatives of the local party can nominate a replacement candidate. They have unanimously nominated Rhonda Nyman, the wife of the late Rep Nyman.

Given the unusual nature of the race it has also attracted a write in candidate, Ian Davis.

It is difficult to figure out which of these candidates is the leader. Rhonda Nyman, being the wife of Rep. Nyman has the name recognition and probably the sympathy of the community. But as of yet I can’t find much evidence of a campaign in place.

The other candidates seem like they are just getting their campaigns off the ground. Probably the one with the most complete presence right now is Jared Valanzola.

Valanzola is a member of the Rockland School Building Committee and has an endorsement from “Citizens for Limited Taxation”.

Korey Welch

Mr. Welch sent us the following bio:

Korey was born June 23, 1975 in Brockton, Massachusetts but grew up in the neighboring towns of Whitman and Hanson. He is the son of Dr. Kevin Welch D.M.D and Kathleen Welch, who taught him the value of hard work, education, and honesty. He attended high school at Cardinal Spellman in Brockton where he played many sports but excelled as a member of the golf team where he helped his team capture the Division ll State Team Championship his freshman and senior year. His success on the golf course eventually earned him a golf scholarship to Barry University in Miami Shore, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics & Finance.

After graduation he returned home and began working in the real estate industry until April 2008 when he was hired by EMC, a technology company, as an Account Executive. Unfortunately, like many others in the state, he was laid off by EMC in January of 2009 as the financial crisis took its toll and the unemployment rate soared.

While reevaluating his next career move, he became increasingly disheartened with the political climate at home and nationally. Seeing massive job losses, increased spending, taxes on the rise, closed door government, and looming health care reform, he became more active in politics, most recently volunteering on Scott Brown’s successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Having obtained his Accident and Health, Life, and Real Estate Broker license, Korey had planned on going into business for himself. However as the economy worsened he realized that the only way for Massachusetts business owners to become successful, was to do his best to help create an economic climate that is more encouraging and supportive of entrepreneurs – a climate that today seems far too uncertain. In this state with record spending, increasing taxes, escalating health care costs, budget deficits, and decreases in local aid, the private sector and the working class are going to be subject to even more taxes – stifling business investment and further decreasing employment opportunities in our communities.

His self-described call to action is simple: change the thinking on Beacon Hill. Tired of career politicians lacking any private sector experience he has committed himself to making a bid for State Representative in the 5th Plymouth District in order to bring common sense to Beacon Hill on behalf of those he serves.

“A wise and frugal government, ….leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government” – Thomas Jefferson

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7 Comments

  • DTJ
    June 26, 2010 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

    The primary hasn’t happened yet right? So I am sure someone else can just run for the democratic nomination.

  • DTJ
    June 26, 2010 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

    The primary hasn’t happened yet right? So I am sure someone else can just run for the democratic nomination.

  • June 28, 2010 - 5:09 pm | Permalink

    The date for Democratic or Republican candidates to register has passed. So no new candidates can enter on their own. I think there is a process for a party to replace a candidate that dies or quits the race. But I’m not sure how that process works or who would be eligible.

  • June 28, 2010 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

    The date for Democratic or Republican candidates to register has passed. So no new candidates can enter on their own. I think there is a process for a party to replace a candidate that dies or quits the race. But I’m not sure how that process works or who would be eligible.

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