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LETTER: Former Election Warden Says She Healthy, Promises To Remain Active

Oct 05, 2014 09:27PM ● By Bill Gilman
Dear Friends and Voters of Tewksbury:
After having been a faithful and committed election worker for over 45 years, I was not reappointed to continue in my role as the clerk/election worker.
Since I was not reappointed, I could not work at the polls for the Primary Election of September 7th at the Library (Precinct 4/4A). Many people have been asking if I am alright. I felt it necessary to let everyone know that - thankfully - I am quite well and healthy and I truly appreciate everyone’s concern
 I am proud to say that I was born and raised in our great town of Tewksbury and have lived here all of my life including raising my five children in this community. From an early age, I have enjoyed being involved in my town and volunteering with many organizations and committees. I also have worked for many candidates running for elected office.
I plan to continue to serve on the Board of Directors for Community Teamwork, Inc., the Friends of the Library, the Historical Society, the Garden Club and the Democratic Town Committee. I truly loved being with my coworkers and the voters at Precinct 4 and 4A over the years.
Before I retired, I would often need to take the day off from my job to work the polls. Back in the days when we had 3 precincts in the Town Hall, and gradually growing to our current 8 precincts, before the machines, we would hand count all the ballots.
Often times we would have to work until the wee hours of the morning. It was solely a volunteer position then and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Through all of these years, I sincerely hope you found my demeanor to have been friendly, caring, and helpful…and…let us not forget the HUGS!!!
I will certainly miss all of my coworkers and voters and the pleasant times we shared. Thanks again for your kind thoughts, and although I am not allowed to work at the polls, I look forward to seeing you around town.
Rita O’Brien Dee
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