'Why fix it if it's not broken?'


Lazo up for re-election to Town Council



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Steve Lazo. (click for larger version)
June 22, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Steve Lazo doesn't believe in term limits.

The chairman of the Town Council is up for re-election Tuesday, June 28, and has been on the Town Council since 2000, back when there were 13 councilors, as opposed to the current nine.

"You have term limits every time you go to the poll," said Lazo, who can serve one more term before he, according to the town's charter, needs to take a year off before he can run again. "That's what I believe. If a councilor, governor, congressman or even president is doing a good job, why fix it if it's not broken? If you don't like what they are doing, you have the right at the polls to vote them out. That's how government should work."

Although he does not consider the job to be neither fun nor easy, it is a job he enjoys. Anyone who puts their name up for an election, he believes, has to understand the amount of work that goes into the job and what sacrifices it will entail.

"I believe you should have some old guard and some new guard on the council," he said in regards to what he will bring to the council if re-elected. "I consider myself part of the old guard, because I believe Larry McDonald Sr., God rest his soul, was the old guard. We don't have any Larry McDonald Sr.'s on this council. We have, dare I say, rookies, for some of them. We have some people that have never served on the council before and it shows very much. They don't know protocol or Robert's Rules, or they interpret them in their own way. I bring stability to the council in the fact that I've been there so long and I remember so many things that have gone on — where the new councilors wouldn't know."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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