Cole edges Bunn in State Rep Republican primary

5 Mar

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

On day when just 6% of Peabody voters turned out at the polls, Leah Cole topped Greg Bunn 512-460 to win the Republican nomination in today’s primary for State Rep in the 12th Essex District.

In what was a record low turnout for a Peabody election, Peabody School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne also advanced to the final ballot as the Democratic nomineee. Dunne did not have a primary opponent, but she also ended up with more votes than Cole.

Cole, Dunne, and unenrolled candidate David Gravel will faceoff in the final election on April 2nd.

41 Responses to “Cole edges Bunn in State Rep Republican primary”

  1. Anon March 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Time for a real change!

    Dump the old political hacks.

    Go Leah!

    Good Job!

  2. Anonymous March 5, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    One totally unknown Republican beats another totally unknown Republican on a day when like 500 people vote. Who cares? Only Gravel or Dunne can win this thing.

    • Anon March 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      That’s what you said about Cole vs Bunn. “Not a Chance.”

      Time to break up the political machine in Peabody AND the Statehouse!

      Too bad the election wasn’t on April 1st for all the political hacks to enjoy their day, April Fools.

      Go Leah!

      Dunn is done for!
      Gravel is dirt!

      Time for fresh faces!

      Go Leah!!

  3. Anonymous March 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Congrats to Miss Cole, but I would like to also congratulate Beverley Griffin Dunne on earning more votes than Cole or Bunn and she was unopposed. That definitely has some weight when considering how the final election will go.

    • Anonymous March 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Big statement tonight by Beverley. Congrats to her!

    • Super Voter March 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Oh please. Congratulate Dunne for what? For playing it up that she was friends with Joyce Spilitos and begging everyone to go out and vote for her today? She is a sick joke. I voted for Bunn today and will vote for Grave when on april 2. Once it came out that Dunne took city health insurance when her husband is a federal employee and she has a law practice how can anyone vote for that greedy self serving woman?

  4. Anon March 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    That’s the problem. You All are looking to feed off the state trough! Time to go on a diet! $100K/year city employees and state employees are not civil servants.

    • Anonymous March 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      And just how would Cole help stop that crazy spending? She would get freaking killed on Beacon Hill and Peabody would suffer. The spending would continue, only Peabody would not get any of the $$$.

  5. the Outfront Guy* March 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    OG says….I have to say I am a bit surprised with this Republican primary result but then again perhaps not….those who choose to run in this city always have my respect for sticking their neck out there….this guy Greg Bunn seemed to be a credible-but virtually unknown candidate–but when squared against another virtually unknown Republican candidate OG happened to think that his substance and real life experience would have prevailed… not quite sure what the real Peabody Republican voters are thinking with this choice… now we sit back to see what Leah Cole can bring to the table….

  6. Anonymous March 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Why does some anon keep attacking Beverly Dunne for taking the health insurance? Gravel took the insurance for 8 years on the school committee and now has a pension. Is Gravel a sick joke also? Please stop the baseless assinine comments and stick to issues that matter to Peabody citizens. The real question is, who can go up to Beacon Hill and do the best job representing Peabody interests.

    • Anon March 6, 2013 at 8:58 am #

      The issues that matter are wasteful spending by governments:

      The granting of excessive entitlements to part-time politicians.

      The city council just voted themselves and their fellow associates, school committee members, raises.

      City health insurance for elected officials but none for part-time city employees like school aides. City health insurance for “retired” councillors, etc. but none for the regular city part-timers.

      City pensions for retired elected part-time officials.

      The only full time politician is the Mayor. He knew the salary before running for office. Pretty nice to being able to give yourself and your friends a raise.

      All of these benefits just for being “community minded”.

      No wonder why all the “successful” local independent business people run for public office.

      Peabody High School students MUST do community based projects to graduate. Maybe they should get some of those entitlements too.

      Time to break the political mold.

      Vote Leah Cole on April 2nd.

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

        Anon, you didn’t answer the question that was asked of you. Why is it okay for Gravel to have insurance, but not for Dunne? It is an available benefit. Either one of them has the right to take it. That is not greedy. That is practical.

        Second, Peabody High students do NOT have a community service requirement for graduation. You just made that up. If you want to have substantive conversation, then do it politely and with accurate facts.

    • Super Voter March 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      You don’t think a person who has other options for health insurance and only is a part time school committee member isn’t bilking the citizens she “wants to represent” on Beacon Hill? It’s taxpayers hard earned dollars paying for her health insurance while most other private citizens are struggling to make their own health insurance payments. She wants to be a legislator – it’s fair game to criticize her for being greedy and question the real motive for running for state rep. Gravel doesn’t take the insurance now. We don’t feel this issue is baseless at all. Rather it speaks volumes about Dunne’s character – selfish and greedy.

      • Anonymous March 7, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

        You (plural according to you) clearly have never met Beverley Griffen Dunne if you call her those names. She is EVERYWHERE in the community and has given hours of her time working FULL TIME at part-time pay to fully represent the people of Peabody. She takes the time to give people time and individual help whenever they ask for it. She is extraordinary and runs circles around the other committee members in the amount of time she commits to her position. The other members of the school committee would probably agree with that. Again, come back to talk when you actually know what you are talking about.

  7. Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    Hahaha told you guys Cole would win. Oh how you love to discount the liberty movement. You think we don’t know how to organize? Like I said, we got the majority of delegates in Romney’s home state before they were cheated out of their seats. You didn’t honestly think we wouldn’t get out and vote for one of our own did you? To all you neocons who said she had no chance, “Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha”

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      Leah Cole worked hard and deserved to win the primary. She would also be completely ineffective as a representative. The only candidate who can benefit our community is Beverley Griffen Dunne. Being unenrolled, as Gravel is, is WORSE than being in the minority party. He will linger there and fail. It is not right to do that to our community. He should have picked a party if he really wanted to be effective. May the best woman win.

  8. Houston March 6, 2013 at 4:54 am #

    Congratulations to Leah who benefited from an incompetent Bunn committee. Biggest loser of the night was Jarrod Hochman. When you are the Chairman of the Peabody Republican Committee and you can’t deliver 500 votes for your candidate you either picked a loser or you are a loser…or both.

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      News flash, Peediddy is not the only town in the district. You people are really up on yourselves aren’t you?

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

        Peabody IS THE ONLY TOWN in the 12th District. Get your facts straight. Yet another moron who can’t vote for Little Leah.

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Who the hell is Hochman? He barely won a seat on the school committee and has no influence over anything. The Peabody Republican Party is a freaking dead stick. If I were Bunn I would register unenrolled before running for office again. If the Peabody Republican City Committee is so hell bent on putting the pieces back together, it would today come out and endorse Leah Cole. I didn’t vote for her. I voted for Bunn. But she is the standard bearer now and just because that loser Hochman doesn’t like her why should she not get the full backing of the party? I bet anything that Beverley Dunne WILL get endorsed by the Democratic City Committee.

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

        LOL…they would endorse a paper bag.

  9. Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    This is all just further proof of how screwed up the Republican Party remains in MA. Bunn was a good candidate but they let him go down to defeat to a candidate from the extremist wing of the party. Congrats to her but she cannot beat either Gravel or Dunne. An extreme right candidate is not viable here. Bunn had a chance if the dopey Republican establishment got their heads out of their butts Total incompetence

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      Define extremist. What is extreme about her platform.

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

        There is not one thing in here “platform” that shows how she cares about people. With Cole, it’s only about slashing or taking away. That’s not what Joyce Spilliotis was all about. Joyce was about helping people. From what I saw from the Brooksby video, Leah sounds like an angry young woman who only cares about cutting taxes and fighting so-called “corruption.”

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

        Sorry to tell you, but slashing the budget and taking away wasteful spending helps you and everyone else. If you are too dumb to realize that then there is no hope for you.

  10. Sammy March 6, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I like to see bunn run for city council.

    • zanzibar March 6, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      You’ll never see or hear from Bunn again. If, however, he did ever hope to win an election in Peabody, the last thing he should do is endorse the poor misguided little girl who is the new darling of the radical lunatics on the right.

  11. Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    You morons helped put Obama back in office and now you are handing the state rep seat to Dave Gravel who stated he will caucus with the democrats. Yeah, you’re real smart.

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

      Guess you better vote for the real conservative then and not a fake one.

    • zanzibar March 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

      Anon 11:48 – So you think we’d be better off electing someone who is 100% certain not to bring back one red cent of money to Peabody just to satisfy some conservative-lunatic-fringe position of your? Thanks but no thanks. I like it here in the real world.

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

        You have no idea what you are talking about. The only lunatics are people like you. If you are voting the neo-con party line then you yourself are not a conservative and if you claim to be you are lying to yourself. If you are a liberal just say so. Otherwise such your mouth and move along. Real conservatives don’t need you.

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

        No, that’s not what I said. Cole doesn’t stand a chance in the final. Bunn did. They handed the election over to either Gravel or Dunne – my guess is Gravel. They are spoilers who know they don’t stand a chance. Leah Cole is 24 years old and lives at home with her parents. She’s lacking in life experience. Bunn would have been a stronger candidate in April and both the other ones are breathing sighs of relief today. Greg Bunn has State experience – he’s been working for the State for a while from what I read.

  12. Leah is not qualified March 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Here is what is going on here. This Leah Cole is backed only by a national movement that only cares about one thing — winning seats. They do not live in Peabody or care about Peabody so why would they even care if Cole would be an effective state rep who could bring money back to our community? The people who voted for her yesterday are either blind or stupid. She isn’t qualified to be a state rep. This is not like being a city councilor, where you can get away with being a moron. Decisions are made on Beacon Hill that can literally mean life or death for some people. Decisions are made on Beacon Hill that could mean the difference between good schools and crappy schools. Decisions are made there that could mean some poor senior has to eat cat food for the rest of their life. It’s not a place for a selfish, angry young women who will be fighting the power non-stop and getting NOTHING for her district.

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      Tuna is cheeper than cat food so why would they eat cat food and not tuna? Anyway, Who are you to say who is and isn’t qualified? The decisions you are talking about exactly what she will be helping with. You liberals need to get real and stop expecting the mommy state to give you everything you want or need. You know, cutting wasteful spending might just give grandma even more money rather than taking anything away. That’s the problem with people like you. You keep asking for more government and getting it, then they do noting but waste your money and take away your freedoms. So you ask for more government. And again you lose more. All the while the middle class falls deeper and deeper into decline because they are paying for that big government that everyone wanted. And who is sitting pretty? Poor people and the super wealthy. The economy doesn’t hurt either one bit. Soon there will be just 2 classes. The poor and super wealthy. This is what your call for more and more government is giving you. So, I suggest that if you don’t wish to see the destruction of America as you know it that you start using your brain and vote for someone who stands by her words and wishes to see the middle class prosper not destroyed. There is so much government waste that you can’t even begin to go over it all here. I wish her luck as she goes over it when she is elected.


      • Leah is not qualified March 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

        First off, I am NOT a “liberal,” but I digress. Please tell me how Leah’s lack of political/life experience, combined with her ranting and raving about tax cuts and “corruption” is going to allow her to get ANYTHING done for Peabody on Beacon Hill? In principle, I even agree with her on many points. But her “talking points” are not going to make her an effective State Rep. She doesn’t know how to play with the boys on Beacon Hill, and thus she will get creamed, which in turn means Peabody will get screwed out of local aid, which it badly needs. Understand now?

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      And what do you mean a national movement? Oh you mean like a group of people who rally around people they feel represent their views. Like a party? Like the Republicans and Democrats? Oh I get it. Why those dirty nasty little trolls! How dare they work together to get people elected!

      • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

        So, neither candidate should get funds from national parties? Get real. It’s everyone’s business.

  13. I wanna know March 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Other than the fact that Leah Cole is against big government and taxes, and is for spending cuts and kicking the crap out of illegal immigrants, I still haven’t been told anything about how she will accomplish any of this in a Democratic-controlled State House. I still have no idea how she will fight “corruption.” I am dead serious and I VOTE. I am not thrilled with the mainstream choices here, so if Leah can get more specific on how she is qualified to do all she says, then I might consider voting for her. Dead serious about this, but so far I am not convinced. All I hear are talking points, and all I see is her political inexperience, which causes me concern. Good government is about working to make good things happen for people. How will she specifically accomplish that entering an environment that will be hostile to her? Can either Leah or someone from the campaign please respond to this?

    • Anonymous March 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Perhaps the candidates will agree to a debate before the election or perhaps you can e-mail her personally.

  14. the Outfront Guy March 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    OG says…talking points are the norm for most candidates…what you are looking for is details and substance…good luck my friend.

  15. the Outfront Guy* March 7, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    OG says…get real Bright City…when was the last time the uninformed voters in this city actually elected an underdog? or someone with relatively little name recognition? whoever the Republican candidate was going to be has a snowball’s chance in hell of ever being elected for this state rep post or ANY other signifigant elected position here in Bright City… dream on all your Ron Paul/Liberty Party dreamers…..change is not coming here…if OG were a gambling man I would say that the odds favor Dunne right now…she has good name recognition, she is perceived as an advocate/watchdog for the people, she is a woman and she has some ties to Spiliotis….and that’s how OG sees it.

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