WATD Political Forum: Democrat candidates for Plymouth State Representative face off

A lively political forum was held Thursday night right here on WATD, featuring two candidates that hope to emerge from the democratic primary as the party’s contender for State Representative in the first Plymouth District.

The forum, moderated by WATD’S own Christine James, began with opening statements from candidate John Mahoney who touted his experience as a Plymouth Selectman and Town Meeting Member Steven Michael Palmer, who said he picks up thousands of gallons of trash each year around Plymouth and works to help to enhance community recreation.

“Last week I took over a basketball court in one of the housing projects in Plymouth. Play ball!” Palmer exclaimed.

The two candidates are diametrically opposed when it comes to the issue of whether or not the governor should accept illegal immigrant children into Massachusetts.

John Mahoney said, “Now if Governor Patrick wants to bring a handful of people up here for humanitarian purposes, for short-term only – I don’t have a problem with it. But if it’s permanent, I don’t want anything to do with it.”

However, Steven Michael Palmer voiced an opposing viewpoint and said, “The children – lets save all the children that cross that border. Because if it wasn’t for anyone that’s come over from any country to have that opportunity for freedom to work in America, where are we now? Should we send them back? Never! They’re ours. Let’s take care of them.”

And Palmer seemed to get a little hot under the collar when he answered a question posed by WATD’S Charles Mathewson – ‘What committee of the legislature would you most like to be assigned to?’ To which Palmer responded, “House Ways and Means.”

“As a freshman,” Mathewson said.

“Is that what you’re going to call me?”

“Well, that’s what we call first-term legislators.”

“I want you to know that I went to Archbishop Williams. You ever heard of that school?”


“Ok. I got my varsity letter in cross-country in indoor track and in outdoor track my freshman year. Nobody called me a freshman,” Palmer replied.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.