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Sears Changing Plans for Election Day, Won't Seek Re-Election

According to a report in the Lowell Sun, Selectman Doug Sears will now run for town moderator.

Doug Sears is considering a run for Town Moderator.
Doug Sears is considering a run for Town Moderator.
Doug Sears' name will still be on the ballot. It will just be in a different location than originally expected.

The Board of Selectmen member will not seek re-election to his current position, according to a report in the Lowell Sun. Instead, Sears is planning a run for Town Moderator, the newspaper reported.

"I've been there, done that, and I haven't been a moderator," Sears told the Lowell Sun. "There's a need that the town has, so that's what I'm going to do."

Click here for more information on Sears' decision to run for moderator.
Rob R February 07, 2014 at 08:04 PM
@Mike, please understand that it is of great value for a taxpayer to have someone like a Doug Sears. He is not afraid to face criticism from people like you who disagree with him so we as residents benefit from hearing the entire story. At the end of the day we as taxpayers should not be limited to half the information. I can understand why you take exception when Doug shining a light on information that the average resident wouldn't necessarily have the time to research on their own. That is never a bad thing. Confused why you think it was all Mr Sears doing that your contract talks took the long, hard, low road? It takes two parties to negotiate and Mr Sears is part of one party that was fiscally responsible to afford our town the ability to unexpectedly purchase two fire engines so you can keep us safe. All without adding to our debt. I believe the majority of taxpayers care more about a selectmen keeping our town fiscally responsible over worrying that he told Miceli to shut up.
Mary February 07, 2014 at 08:22 PM
A person is known by the way he acts and by what he says. I think it was totally uncalled for for Mr. Sears to tell Mr. Miceli to shut up. This was a total lack of respect for our State Representative. I guess he must have run out of words and took the childish route. That is something a two year old would say that doesn't know any better. Yes, Rob R, I count this poor judgement towards any other things Mr. Sears would make decisions on. This was a terrible thing that I will not forget!
Rob R February 07, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Mary, can't disagree with you on being respectful if you're being respected. Why do you think I commented in defense of Donna when you told her to go back to baking chocolate cakes?
Mary February 07, 2014 at 09:01 PM
When you have nothing better to say, please don't say it at all. Your comments are ridiculous and have absolutely no meaning. I can't waste my time on you. He did disrespect our State Representative, and that is that!
Mike Callahan February 07, 2014 at 10:10 PM
"Rob R", I'm confused by your last post so I went back and re-read my post above and it still sounds the same to me. There is no problem with Mr. Sears' opinion, the problem is in his presentation. I don't think that can be made any clearer than that. As far as my opinion of Mr. Sears hampering negotiations, simply go back and read his Patch post from September, 2012, Sears Questions Miceli's Voting Record -- Miceli gets Flunking Grades from 3 Independent Employer Groups, and determine if he helped negotiations, hindered negotiations, or had no effect. That was just one of his many attacks on the Tewksbury fire fighters, and it was all downhill from there. Feel free to put yourself in the shoes of each and every firefighter who, by definition, works for Mr. Sears and who proudly serve the Town of Tewksbury. Maybe you’ll get a better understanding of Mr. Sears’ “contribution”.
Rob R February 07, 2014 at 11:26 PM
Mike, I won't rehash the old debate but I went to the article and read it. I also read some comments and came across Mr Sears post that reads......The TFD personnel are honorable folks, however, they are the only union that does not have a contract or an agreed framework for a contract with the town. Your problem that I see with him is using the Patch's forum to inform taxpayers of information that break things down. I find this valuable information for the taxpayer. I can understand you not caring to have this information highlighted. Are you saying his information about the TFD in the article is false? If so feel free to correct were you believe it's wrong. I believe our safety personal work for the taxpayer and we elect our selectmen to carry out the majorities wishes. So I do believe I understand Mr. Sears contributions. His vision was to be fiscally responsible and fair to all departments at the same time. It's probably fair to say the fire department while Mr. Sears, TM, and fellow BOS were on watch has benefitted the most out of all departments in town over the past year. Money was allocated to pay off notes related to the FD, and now because they didn't cave when people like you accused them of being out of touch because they wouldn't issue blank checks when asked for more, your department and the taxpayers will benefit from using the saved up money to purchase two unplanned expenses for fire trucks.
Who Me? February 08, 2014 at 07:06 AM
Mary, are you aware of the specific details involving the history between Doug Sears and Jim Miceli?
Donna Marie Robitaille February 08, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Good Morning Rob R. You are accurate to say an amount is more than other departments received however on the gauge of how far behind this community has been to the growth of the Fire Dept.(our first responders) the amount given was not a gain. Of course it did benefit the operation of services and I would believe TM and BOS members worked hard (and) spoke as a Selectman each in their own way to express themselves and be fair. Town hall has dealt with the Fire Department crisis for too long. I did not appreciate seeing Wilmington in South Tewksbury to respond for 911 Summer after summer. Residents were told when it happened five years ago that it will re open and remain open. Hasn't happened that way. Any sitting or future Selectman should insist,to those in charge of marketing our economic development, that this community can not afford to give deals for future development or for the arrival of large companies . We should be clear that our welcome sign is not without expecting not only a good proposal but applicants with good attitudes about arriving to a town that can not afford to give them incentives and breaks. We need to have applicants willing to understand our Main Street RT.38 is already heavily impacted and our Dangerous intersections can not take more without police details. This should be at the cost of those wishing to come into Tewksbury. The question is not about blame it is where do we go from here? I would ask any sitting or future board. How can we continue to ignore the growth of this town weighed against the growth of the Fire Dept. My answer is we can not. That is not anti development that is a serious concern Tewksbury has to face.
Mary February 08, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Who me, I know their history, and I still say Mr. Sears choice of words was absolutely inappropriate. I am finished on this subject, thank you!
Who Me? February 08, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Well Mary up til today you have had plenty to say.... If you know the history then you have an agenda... If you don't know the history perhaps you should heed your own advice from yesterday mornings post....
Simon Cowell February 08, 2014 at 10:17 AM
HAAAAAARRRRRRYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!
Rob R February 08, 2014 at 10:29 AM
@Donna, it doesn't matter how many times you offer up your plans and wants. It's pointless to think I or any other company would be interested in relocating to Tewksbury under your proposed rules. I'm not interested in being interviewed by a town on whether I can throw enough money at them to be welcomed. Your argument is flawed......in one paragraph you say Tewksbury has it all and business will come because of it and then what follows is your request that those very same businesses pay to fix all the things you say are wrong with Tewksbury. Your campaign contradicts itself. Common sense in fixing dangerous intersections is to reach out and work with the state to redesign the problem not forcing future businesses or developers inquiring about Tewksbury to fund police details at every dangerous intersection.
Mike Callahan February 08, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Wow “Rob”, now that you’ve made your point on who’s right about what, maybe we can get back to my point which is the MANNER in which people get their points across. How about we try it this way: let’s assume for the sake of argument that Mr. Sears and Mr. Wilson have the exact same point of view (which probably isn’t too far off). One could spend hours on the Patch or any other venue of that sort and never come up with one instance of Mr. Wilson attacking his employees (town workers) or anyone else who disagrees with him. On the other hand, you need only spend minutes in this same forum to find multiple, demeaning remarks directed at those same people by Mr. Sears. That’s where the problem lies. When the Patch is used as a tool to get your point across or to sway people to your way of thinking (as you did in your previous post), it is being used correctly and productively. When the Patch is used as a tool to attack and belittle anyone who disagrees with you or doesn’t follow you lockstep, it is being seriously misused. The latter describes Mr. Sears to a “T” and that’s the problem I see in Mr. Sears. It’s not his (or Scott Wilson’s) point of view that’s the problem; the problem is in the presentation of those points of view. Mr. Wilson does not have any difficulty in that area; Mr. Sears does. So the problem is not in the message, it’s in the messenger; the problem is not in the strength of a certain point, it’s in the delivery; the problem is not in the quality of the argument, it’s in the tone. So someone who is seriously lacking in civil communication skills may not be the best fit for the next town moderator, but the board of selectmen will be immensely improved.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 08, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Rob R. I understand your frustration. I feel the same. BUT What would happen in most towns is just that. Tewksbury is on a different scale for the amounts of development already here and the state's hands off treatment is rightfully so. The state is going to say not their problem. Just as they do with Rt38 sidewalks. Not their problem. The state highway department did not create the overflow of Rt38 traffic or our dangerous intersections created from large amounts of residential and commercial developments. These things are our problems and indeed those wishing to come here inherit them. Also, I do not think I contradict my views or vision for the future. We do have a lot to offer and we can not afford deals. I believe large companies and proposals for some large developments will surely arrive and our empty Main Street small businesses will fill in, without offering incentives. This balanced approach to thinking is common sense when understanding the realistic description of where we are at this point in our growth.
Rob R February 08, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Mike, you have the right to feel how you want. Some people are more vocal than others. I disagree with you that your upset because of manners though. I believe if Mr Wilson put the same information and breakdowns on the Patch to inform the taxpayers as Mr Sears did you'd be accusing him of being unprofessional. Informing taxpayers is part of their job so I understand why a town employee doesn't enjoy having things publicly pointed out when they are fighting for more money. I don't blame you for not liking it but saying it's the presentation and not the substance, I'm not so sure. Your department and the taxpayer are directly benefiting from the same people your department called out in a letter to the Patch and you felt the urge to rekindle your dislike for one of them on this thread. In the public sector your boss wouldn't put up with someone like this.
Tewksbury2001 February 08, 2014 at 11:41 AM
@donna- If everything here is so great and we don't need to offer any incentives then why do we have vacant buildings and undeveloped land? I just don't understand your plan.
Rob R February 08, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Donna, not to be rude but with your understanding of how everything works, we could just do away with the planning board since our town is so desirable and we could just tape a sign-up sheet to the front door of Townhall right below our demands. And if your scenario came true that the state would respond it's not their problem then you would need the experience to fight that answer.
Karyn February 08, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Who Me..... I believe the 'shut up' remark was made during last year's debate during election season when Sears was running for Miceli's seat and ultimately got trounced.
Mike Callahan February 08, 2014 at 01:09 PM
OK, “Rob”, I’ll address your last post and then move on with my life so you can go fight with Donna and others. You said that “Some people are more vocal than others”. That’s completely true but not at all relevant to my point. I’m talking about the manner in which people express themselves whether they are more vocal or not. You said, “Informing taxpayers is part of their (selectmen) job...” Again, accurate but irrelevant to my point. It’s how things are pointed out that can be the problem. You said, “I disagree with you that you’re upset because of manners, though”. OK, they’re my thought but feel free to profess what I’m thinking, I guess. But don’t start up that part-time, mind-reading business; you’ll fail miserably. You said, “I believe if Mr. Wilson put the same information and breakdowns on the Patch to inform the taxpayers as Mr. Sears did you'd be accusing him of being unprofessional.” As far as I remember, Scott Wilson did express the same opinions as Mr. Sears in one form or another but he did it in a professional manner. Scott also coached my son in baseball for two years and my son is better off because of that. I have a lot of respect for Scott Wilson and also happen to disagree with his point of view on some issues. But he has always been professional in his role as a selectman and as a coach. You said, “…you felt the urge to rekindle your dislike for one of them (selectman) on this thread.” Yes, I had difficulty remaining silent after reading the praise of Mr. Sears after his paramount “contribution” to the contract fiasco with the fire fighters and his mistreatment of them. The inability to keep silent is one of my flaws and I readily admit that. You said, “In the public sector your boss wouldn't put up with someone like this.” I think you meant to say the private sector. In the private sector, HR would have stepped in over a year-and-a-half ago and put an end to Mr. Sears’ (employer) mistreatment of the Tewksbury fire fighters (employees). So now you can either accept that that’s my opinion, or you can once again change the topic from me not liking “how” things were done, to me disagreeing with “what” was done. Either way, and given my affliction cited above, we will see if I’m strong enough to resist any effort on your part to try to drag me back into this forum.
Rob R February 08, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Mike, It might be that Mr Sears doesn't care about certain people getting upset while he uses whatever venue possible to inform residents. Doesn't sound like you disagree with the accuracy of the information he put out for the residents but just the tone. Fair enough but as we type, 100's of thousands of dollars are being prepared to be directed toward the department and as a fire department employee who claimed the leaders unfairly treat his department, you might want to chime in with a thank you rather than another attack on a selectmen.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 08, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Tewksbury 2001 Empty storefronts and vacant buildings are the result of a bad economy.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 08, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Rob.R. I do know how these things work. I am not anti development and I could not demand what the law will not allow. If I am elected, Planning Board will be alive and well. Also, I can tell you that it has been made clear to this town by the state highway department that these are Our problems. I would be one to fight for help, but as a resident joining others not long ago, we learned their position, as did the town. As a town official or resident, I would have to agree with the state to take care of the situations we created and use caution with future further impacts for already dangerously crowded roadways and intersections.
Shelly February 08, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Rob Mr. Callahan does not have to thank anyone for the purchase of fire trucks. They will not be parked in his driveway, they will be in a town owned building, there for the safety of all the residents. Is it his fault that a fire truck costs hundreds of thousands of dollars? Obviously not and your comments about a "thank you" are ridiculous.
Rob R February 08, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Shelly, I gather you'd rather just complain about the town leadership and the people who acknowledge their positive impact. I do think a Lt. on our fire department should understand and be thankful of the positive results shown by being fiscally responsible. It would be nice to move forward and give credit where credit is do. Instead, when the guy steps up for the town to run for moderator, we have a Lt on the fire department who feels the need to still publicly attack him when proof exists that the vision is working. Shelly, because of your track record, I won't waste my time asking where I claimed Mike had to say thank you. You've proven to be worthy of excuses. I merely said he should.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 06:29 AM
To Rob R.-The members of the Tewksbury Fire Department and the residents of this community does not and should not have to thank the leadership at town hall for putting forth a budget. Town Hall and the residents of this community should at all times Thank our first responders. You seem to have that backwards. The issue of the Fire Dept. Is bigger than some hard worked on budget. As for the issue of purchasing fire trucks, it should not be an issue. Fire Department does not have to thank Town hall for attention to this matter. The growth of the Town of Tewksbury and too many years of no growth for the Fire Dept. is the reason for what has been our lack of ability to function. Do not even begin to suggest we ought to ignore what has happened. Should Wilmington Thank us for using them for an Unacceptable amount of emergency response calls to Tewksbury(and maybe they could pat us on the back for being unable to return the Mutual aid response to their town ) Should the Tewksbury Police should thank us for having to be our First responders, performing CPR and using defibrillators. Wrong. If you want to fight with anyone about this feel free to contact me!
Blue February 09, 2014 at 08:15 AM
With Doug not sitting on the board, he'll have more time for golf this spring. Hopefully Rob R will join him and wash his balls there, giving the patch a rest. Trull starts serving early now so go have a beer and reminisce on the good old days of how great Doug was for our town while the rest of us move on. Looking forward to Bruce bringing his biotech friends to town to develop the Ames corridor.
Shelly February 09, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Rob you are all over the place, much like Doug. You said you would not ask me a question but proceeded to do so anyway. Your words, " you might want to chime in with a thank you". You said this to Mr. Callahan. Your words exactly. You like to say I am full of excuses to try and diminish my opinion towards your buddy Doug. It is not working and I have given a few reasons, and you have brushed over them. You and Doug have similar styles of communicating,and neither of you are right for selectman.
Rob R February 09, 2014 at 10:10 AM
I'm not concerned about hurt feelings from people who show no ability to acknowledge the good that someone does. I didn't vote for Scott but I'm not going to ignore the positive things he has done for this town. This town would benefit if more people acknowledged the good rather than act like it doesn't exist. Shelly, what's your point? I agree that's exactly what I wrote. Maybe you're diminishing yourself for not following along. Donna, I'm not including you in ignoring the good that has happened but disagree with you on your budget statement. I agree, no thank you is required for the entities involved who put forth a budget. It is their job. I just so happen to think our town is better off when good is also acknowledged. It's too easy to complain about everything while ignoring the good. That was the meaning for my, a thank you rather than an attack comment directed at someone not willing to accept his enemy had something to do with the positive response to an important issue directly impacting his department. Doug Sears and his fellow BOS are not perfect but they deserves credit where credit is do. If I'm ridiculous in thinking this, so be it......
Donna Marie Robitaille February 09, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Blue..Your fresh and should have your mouth washed out with soap. As for Bruce's ideas, I don't think he is running his campaign with your tone and people like you should be ignored but I am a candidate for Planning board so hear this. The idea to bring Biotech to this community is already something we have been doing. We are planning Board Friendly with our permit rules and approvals and we did this in recent years while waiting for better days in this horrible economy. Also we have built up an area designed to host large companies. We have created an environment of hotel and conference space available to them. I agree with candidate for Selectman Bruce to invite Biotech. Just as I want small business and light industry to have interest in the vacant storefronts buildings and property along Main Street. I Disagree with Bruce's idea to offer incentives. And speaking of the Ames Pond corridor.. Perhaps instead of a bad attitude, you could jump on board with that energy to give back the People of Tewksbury THEIR rights to AMES POND>
Patrick Shannon March 26, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Wow, Rob R sounds a lot like Doug. Doug knew he had no chance on re-election and chose to go the easy route. I am glad to see someone jump in and will be happy to finally see him gone.

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