POST-GAZETTE - Res Publica

Tuesday in Election Day in Boston

by David Trumbull

September 23, 2005

Tuesday, September 27 is Preliminary Municipal Election Day in the City of Boston.

Voters will winnow a field of 15 candidates for councillor-at-large down to eight finalists for the November 8th Municipal Election.

You have a choice!

One candidate stands firm for the working people of the City of Boston. Former state representative and Republican candidate for councillor-at-large, Althea Garrison, is running on a common sense plan to make Boston a better city for every resident.

She supports school vouchers to giver poor families education choices. Garrison says: "Wealthy families can send their children to the best of private schools, religious schools or academy schools while poor whites and black children don't have that option. If a public school is underperforming, these poor children's families should also have some choices and options to send their children to an alternate school that can produce results, and that alone should be the parent's decision."

Garrison advocates for tax relief for homeowners. She notes, "High property tax and the ability to pay these taxes have led to the destabilization of many old neighborhoods. Property valuation in Boston and many other surrounding residential areas are inflated, and poorer small homeowners can't continue to afford to pay these high rising property taxes, and they need some relief."

Garrison recognizes that America's manufacturing economy is being hollowed out by our ruinous trade policies. She states: "Outsourcing has and is destroying America's economy...I am a firm believer of free markets; however, many of these free marketers abuse the economy, abuse their employees and abuse good-will of American citizenry. These corporations should have good morals and ethical values, not immoral and unethical practices."

For more information about Althea Garrison, candidate for Boston City Councillor-at-Large see her website

Will this be the year we elect a Republican to the City Council? Well, in her last election on November 4th, 2003. Althea Garrison, received 10,524 votes for Boston City Councilor at-large, she was very close to one of the front runners, Matt O'Malley. With your help we can bring Althea to political office and add a voice for common sense Republican principle to the Boston City Council.

David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee; he may be contacted at (617) 742-6881 or Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.