Palmieri, Eubanks-Archbold Make GOP Runs for House
Leominster Rep. Natalie Higgins and Fitchburg Rep. Stephan Hay will face Republican challengers for the Nov. 6 general election.
Richard Palmieri, chairman of the Ward 3 Republican Committee and a state convention delegate, is running against Higgins to represent the 4th Worcester District.
Elmer Eubanks-Archbold, an associate business and economics professor at Mount Wachusett Community College, is up against Hay, who was elected to the 3rd Worcester District in a special election in 2016.
Both incumbent representatives did not have Democratic challengers and ran unopposed in the Sept. 4 state primary.
Eubanks-Archbold said he will use his background in housing, development and education to bring services and funding to the district.
“I can pull together my experience to understand what people are going through and be an advocate for them,” he said.
As the executive director of CENTRO, a Worcester-based nonprofit that offers support services for Latino and immigrant communities, he has worked with state lawmakers and could tap into those relationships if elected, Eubanks-Archbold said.
He wants to be accessible to constitutents and provide a vision for the district.
His interest in running for office came when he moved to Fitchburg about five years ago and experienced bureaucracy navigating state regulations to fix an abandoned property. Eubanks-Archbold wanted to find a way to make it easier for homeowners in a similar situation.
Later, Sen. Dean Tran and Leominster City Councilor Frank Ardinger encouraged him to run for office, Eubanks-Archbold said.
He first ran for office in 2000 for a state representative seat for the 3rd Middlesex District, which was later redistricted.
Looking forward to the election, Eubanks-Archbold said he will continue to meet with people in the district and give them the option to vote for a candidate who has a different way of approaching issues.
Palmieri, who served in the U.S. Navy and as a military police officer, moved to Leominster in 2013.
He decided to run because he was frustrated with the state Legislature and wanted find solutions for issues in Leominster.
“Someone needs to represent the people who live here,” Palmieri said, noting that his opponent seems to represent her party and Beacon Hill more than the city.
An example of this is Higgins’s support for Sanctuary Cities, he said.
When talking with local voters, Palmieri said people often bring up infrastructure and education as issues that are important to them.
Although this is the first time he has run for local or state office, Palmieri has political experience by working on campaigns for Tran and Ardinger. Both supported his candidacy, he said.
Palmieri also volunteers and has trained students through the YMCA. He is also a member of the American Legion and the Leominster Sportsmans’ Association.
In the two months leading up to the election, Palmieri looks forward to meeting with more voters, campaigning at events and informing voters about his opponent’s record.
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