Lantigua waited until the last few days to ask David Camasso, the chairman of the Republican City Committee, for a list of nominees, as he is required to do under a state law that directs mayors to seek names from party leaders when they fill vacancies to their boards of registrars.
Lantigua apparently called Camasso, who besides serving as Republican chair also is city comptroller, over the last few days. Collopy said yesterday he was contacted for the post by Camasso.
Collopy has a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and has worked as a part time security guard for eight years. He’s served as a poll worker and then a clerk at city polling places for several years.
“I just want to make sure everything’s running smoothly and everything’s above board,” Collopy said about why he wants to serve as a top election official in a city known for election irregularities. “I’m tired of people taking on my city. I love this place. I love the fact that the ethnicity keeps changing. Ten years from now, people will say, ‘What did you have back then? Hispanics?’ I love that it’s an international place. That’s fun.”
He may have less love for Lawrence police and firefighters. Asked on his application to serve as a registrar to cite the most important issues facing Lawrence, he cited what he called the “could care less attitude” of police and firefighters.
Asked to elaborate yesterday, Collopy said he was annoyed when a police or fireman “pushed my neighbor’s kid around” at a weekend fire that destroyed three homes on Hancock Street.
“I didn’t like that,” Collopy said. “And neither did his father.”
The April 30 special election is the first of two needed to fill the U.S. Senate seat John Kerry resigned to become Secretary of State.