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October 29, 2010

Times Endorsements: Cousins, Coakley. Connaughton, Galvin, Grossman deserve nods on Tuesday

Beyond the races for Congress, Cape Ann's primary state representative seat, and the governor's office — and beyond the referendum questions — there are a number of other races and candidates that deserve voters' undivided attention when they go to the polls Tuesday.

Here are additional endorsements from the Gloucester Daily Times and gloucestertimes.com.

Essex County Sheriff: Frank Cousins is facing a two-pronged challenge Tuesday from Democrat Damian Anketell and independent Kevin Leach of Manchester. Yet that's to be expected; anyone who continues to carry out reforms over more than a decade is bound to make some rank-and-file enemies, and that's the case here.

The truth is, residents of Cape Ann and the rest of Essex County have been well-served with Frank Cousins as their sheriff since his 1996 appointment to clean up the patronage mess left by predecessor Charles Reardon.

Cousins' latest push — for a regional dispatch center — may not fit all, and Gloucester is one of those where it doesn't. But that doesn't diminish the help it can provide smaller communities. And it doesn't diminish Cousins' leadership, which has won support and displays of faith from both sides of the political spectrum.

He deserves re-election.

Attorney General: We endorsed Scott Brown, Martha Coakley's opponent, in January's special election for U.S. Senate. But that was not at all rooted in Coakley's performance as attorney general, which has been excellent.

On local issues alone, she has stepped up the state's push against NOAA Fisheries' law enforcement against Gloucester fishermen and the Seafood Display Auction, and she has pressed against the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School for clearly violating state contract bidding laws — even while having to defend embattled Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester against a lawsuit filed by 15 city school parents.

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