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We serve as Acton's source for Republican activism and are chartered through
the Massachusetts Republican Party. Our membership is comprised of people
with varied career backgrounds and vocations, and from many ethnicities,
religious affiliations, age groups, and income levels. We welcome you!

Details of the Acton Republican Town Committee...

March Meeting - Tuesday, March 19 2019, Acton Memorial Library

Acton Republican Town Committee

7:00 PM Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Meeting Agenda

At the Acton Memorial Library


Meet-n-greet time: 7:00 to 7:20


Agenda: 7:20 to 8:45


  1. Call to Order at 7:20 PM, welcome visitors
  2. Comments/Approval minutes previous meeting (as submitted)
  3. Treasurer's Report
  4. Committee Business
    1. Jo-Ann Berry, candidate for the Town of Acton Moderator (7:30-8:10)
    2. Kelley’s Corner Infrastructure presentation (Benson/Charter/Kenah) (8:10-8:45)
  5. Set next meeting for Wednesday, April 17, at TBD
  6. Adjournment


Dave Lunger, Chairman; Tom Beals Vice-Chairman; Mike Majors, Treasurer; Beth Farley, Secretary;

Bill Beebee; John Norton; Lois Doskocil; Maryann Seward; Jim Conboy; Carol Mahoney; Jack Mahoney;


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Second Opinion - Jim Lyons

Our neighbor, the WRTC (Westford) and Kathy Lynch interviewed MA GOP Chair Jim Lyons recently...

Thanks Kathy! The ARTC looks forward to working with Jim, in a bottom-up and grass-roots driven approach,

to help build the party and promote the Republican principles of individual liberty, property rights and

smaller and limited government.


MassGOP Chairman Lyons' Releases Statement Regarding Former Governor Bill Weld's Presidential Announcement

BOSTON – Early this morning, after trying to reclaim a place in the Republican Party, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld announced a grandstanding political gambit that reeks of political opportunism. His self-seeking ploy to divide Republicans will fail. 

"Weld is the same ex-Republican who deserted Massachusetts for New York; who endorsed President Barack Obama over Senator John McCain for President; who renounced the GOP for the Libertarian Party; who ran against the Trump-Pence Republican ticket in 2016, while cozying up to Democrat Hillary Clinton," said MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons. " After abandoning Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians, Weld demands that faithful Republicans consider him as their standard bearer. Even Benedict Arnold switched allegiances less often! We Republicans will put partisanship aside, reach across the aisle to Democrats, and Libertarians, and reject Bill Weld."


Upcoming Citizen Petitions at Acton Town Meeting on April 1

There are up to 9 Citizen Petitions up for consideration at the April 1 Town Meeting. Many of them may become quite contentious, although most are non-binding. Here is a quick listing to bear in mind over the next 2 months - this is the time to gather information and opinions as to their relative merits - or demerits:

Building Moratorium - 5 years of no new residential building. Non-binding.

Development Rate Limitation - maximum limit to number of building permits to be processed. Non-binding.

Land Clearing Limit - upper %-age of how much your parcel can be cleared. Non-binding.

Size Limit of new single-family houses. Upper amount of square footage. Figure suggested is 4000 sq. ft. Non-binding.

No New Turning Lanes at Kelley's Corner. Non-binding. If nothing changes, we will get more turning lanes that will "take" current sidewalks and business parking; loss of old-growth trees along Mass Av; and increased traffic flow (ie, faster). This petition urges a change to remove the extra turning lanes. IMHO, this attempt to decrease congestion will allow cars to travel quicker, but will promote more regional traffic to flow thru Acton from other towns. It will STILL be congested at rush hour times.

Plastic Bag law - no single-use point-of-sale plastic bags allowed. I believe this requires a 2/3 vote, as it is a zoning change.

And a few others: Increasing ability to have detached accessory apartments; Land acquisition at 257 Central St; and Registering intent to purchase the K-Mart property.

The petitions and other info can be found here.


New MA GOP Chair! Jim Lyons

Congratulations are in order to the NEW Party Chair, Jim Lyons.

We look very much forward to working with the new chair to help re-invigorate the

Republican brand in MA and the RTCs thruout the state.


Kavanaugh to be a great contribution to SCOTUS


We the People - Constitution Day


We shall never forget


Low turnout tomorrow makes ALL our votes so much more impactful..

The contested races, from an ARTC perspective:


Aaron Hutchins, “Councilor”:

Last meeting, we had a guest visitor in Acton, candidate for Governor’s council Aaron Hutchins.  Well spoken, he submitted

1300 signatures, 1000 needed, but only 989 were accepted – missing by 11. He is the only Republican – we sorely NEED

republican representation on the council, because without it, we get liberal judges like Tim Feeley.  


To write-in Aaron, bring with you written down, and copy onto the ballot under “Councilor”:

“Aaron Hutchins, 91 Brigham Street, Northboro”.

If he gets 1000 votes tomorrow, he will be on the November ballot. If not, there will only be ‘dems on the ballot in November.


Geoff “gas-tax-question” Diehl, US Senate

                We had the honor of meeting with Geoff on a special event on December 1, and other events in or out of town as well. He is the

                conservative in the primary race, IMHO.

                We also had a visit at another ARTC meeting with Beth Lindstrom (January 2018).

                We did not have any visits with John Kingston.


Scott Lively and Charlie Baker, governor of MA:

                We also had the honor of a visit to our ARTC April 2018 meeting by Scott Lively – very compelling story, even more so in-person,

and not at all what his opponents make him out to be. He seems to have a solid block of grass-root support.

Charlie was not in town this cycle. He did visit with Acton during one of the last Oktoberfests on Mass Av.


Attorney General, Jay McMahon:

                Jay McMahon visited with Acton at the October 2017 ARTC meeting. He probably has the most support, but there is some

                backing as well for his opponent, Dan Shores. Dan came to the January 2018 meeting.


Please show support for the uncontested primary races, whose turn to shine will come November:

                Margaret Busse

                Rick Green

                Karyn Polito



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