, Salem, MA


October 26, 2012

Rep candidates face off

Speliotis, Bennett spar over local aid, homeless families


Bennett also criticized Speliotis’ stand on ethics reform at the Legislature, saying he’d voted against a ban on allowing lobbyists in the House chamber or the members’ lounge.

“Ted voted not to stop that. He’s obviously in favor of it,” Bennett said.

“Actually, he’s making assumptions that aren’t true, but that’s OK,” Speliotis said. He said he does favor some ethics reform, but voted against that bill because he thought some of the rules, such as making lobbyists wear badges, were “silly.”

Offered the opportunity, Speliotis declined to criticize Bennett in his role as a selectman.

“I have a policy I’ve had for my whole career,” Speliotis said. “I’m their state rep. They are members of the local board. I work with them, that’s it.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.




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