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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

The scene at the polls in Framingham

FRAMINGHAM

There was little campaign activity outside Framingham's Town Hall this morning, but poll workers were busy: 426 voters had cast ballots before noon today,

Allison Black, a 48-year-old registered nurse, voted for Democrat Deval L. Patrick, saying Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey's "negative ad campaign was a turnoff.

Marcia Frary, a 49-year-old housewife and her son, 18-year-old Bradford, also said they voted for Patrick.

"I didn't necessarily vote against Healey, but there have been a lot of education cuts while she's been here," Bradford said. "Deval Patrick seems more like an average Joe."

Tom Curran, a 48-year-old engineer for the town, planned to cast a vote for Christy Mihos. "He's a successful businessman, and he can bring that leadership to the state," Curran said.

Mihos had another fan in 28-year-old Jamie Ordway, although the administrative assistant said she thought his campaign ads were "immature and juvenile."

Ordway declined to say who she chose for the 6th Middlesex House seat, which was left open by the death of incumbent Democrat Deborah D. Blumer last month. But she said she would have preferred to have seen a special election for the seat, so voters would have had more time to decide.

-Erica P. Tochin

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