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Estevez defends resume, says
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Posted by Alix Roy  June 7, 2010 12:06 PM

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Eric Estevez, candidate for state representative in the 32nd Middlesex District, held a press conference on Monday to defend his resume.

Eric Estevez, a candidate for state representative in the 32nd Middlesex District, defended his resume on Monday from the steps of the State House in Boston, passing out documentation of his achievements to a handful of onlookers.

The Melrose native came under fire last week after his campaign circulated a misleading photograph in which Estevez appeared to be a featured speaker at a rally for Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker. Estevez apologized for the photograph, which was sent to media outlets by an intern without his approval, he said.

He also faced questions surrounding his status as a Northeastern University professor, his assertion he was student body president at Barry University in Miami, and an endorsement he said he received from the Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association.

On Monday, Estevez passed out a letter from Northeastern Customer Service Assistant Gloria Thompson, stating that “it is not unusual for a Senior Lecturer to be referred to by students as a Professor at Northeastern University, therefore, Mr. Eric Estevez is addressed [as] Professor Estevez.”

Estevez also circulated a certificate congratulating him for his involvement with the Student Government Association at Barry University in the fall of 2002 and naming him “Representative of Freshman Class.” The certificate was signed by the Dean of Students and the student body president.

Estevez had previously claimed to be student body president on his website, but Barry University's senior communications director Jeremy Jones said he had never served in that capacity. On Monday, Estevez said he had changed the wording to read student body representative given the discrepancy.
 
“For reasons unbeknownst to me, the records at Barry University do not match mine,” he said.

Estevez has also taken down a link from his website to a story in the North Shore Tab announcing his endorsement by the Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association. Although he initially faulted an intern for mistakenly announcing the endorsement, which the Association has refuted, Estevez attributed the mix-up to the North Shore Tab story in his comments on Monday.
 
“My campaign did not issue a press release announcing an endorsement,” he said. “The North Shore Tab was the first media outlet to publish the story and we received word of that and went ahead and forwarded it.”

North Shore Tab Editor Richard Ireton said information used in the story was provided by Estevez himself.

"I received the story directly from Eric," Ireton wrote in an e-mail. "He obviously has his timelines confused." 

Estevez, 26, is no stranger to campaign challenges. In 2006, he encountered a stumbling block during a run for state representative in the Hillsborough 27th District in New Hampshire after passing out business cards emblazoned with the State Seal. The cards, which he passed out to local officials during his campaign, were printed with “Eric Estevez, State Representative,” alongside the New Hampshire State Seal.
 
Eric-Estevez-Card.jpgAt the time, Estevez told the Pelham-Windham News he was unaware of laws barring the unauthorized use of the State Seal on business cards and said the wording was taken “out of context.”

On Monday, Estevez said he destroyed the cards after learning of the law and called the campaign a learning experience.
 
“It was an educational experience, it wasn't really an all-out run,” he said. “I was still an undergrad when I ran.”

Estevez earned 451 votes in the primary election in 2006, according to election results posted on the New Hampshire Secretary of State website. He ran previously in 2004 and earned 362 votes.

Estevez will face Alderman Monica Medeiros of Melrose’s Ward 2 and Wakefield lawyer David Lucas in the Republican primary in hope of challenging Alderman Paul Brodeur of Melrose, a Democrat, for Katherine Clark’s seat. Clark, of Melrose, is running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Richard Tisei, who is running for lieutenant governor on the Republic ticket with Baker.

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