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1st District
Carole Fiola
Philip Paleologos
Paul R. Viveros
Carole Fiola, incumbent
Democrat, Fall River
Philip Paleologos
Republican, Bedford
Paul R. Viveros
Independent, Fall River

AGE: 46
ADDRESS: 307 Archer St., Fall River
OCCUPATION: Governor’s councilor, 2001-present; Realtor with Fiola Real Estate; former vice president and general manager for radio stations WSAR and WHTB.
EDUCATION: Durfee High School, Fall River, 1978; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1982.
MUNICIPAL EXPERIENCE: Former member Fall River Democratic Ward committee and redevelopment authority board and past chairwoman of Mayor’s Clean City Committee.
CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Charlton Memorial Hospital Business Council; board member, United Way of Greater Fall River and American Heart Association’s Southcoast Division; founding chairwoman of St. Anne’s Hospital Walk for Breast Cancer; New Bedford Standard Times’ Fall River Woman of the Year, 1999; American Heart Association Volunteer of Year, 2003.
FAMILY: Husband, Kenneth Fiola Jr.; two children, Alexandra, 16, Lauren, 14

AGE: 56
ADDRESS: 368 Whitlow St., New Bedford
OCCUPATION: Co-owner of Shawmut Diner in New Bedford; formerly hosted “American Breakfast,” a syndicated radio talk show.
EDUCATION: Hot Springs (Arkansas) High School; attended Henderson State College in Arkansas and Emerson College.
MUNICIPAL EXPERIENCE: Former member, New Bedford Board of Park Commissioners.
CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Hosts annual Toys for Kids telethon to benefit New Bedford’s Salvation Army chapter; director and secretary of Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Foundation Inc.; volunteer with Reading Is Fundamental program; former longtime volunteer alcohol-drug adviser at Bristol County House of Correction.
FAMILY: Wife, Celeste (Barrett) Paleologos; three children, Andrea, 26, Athena, 22, Alex, 21; two grandchildren

AGE: 60
ADDRESS: 1392 Slade St., Fall River
OCCUPATION: Self-employed in real estate investment and management (P.V. Management).
EDUCATION: Durfee High School, Fall River; associate’s degree, Bristol Community College.
MUNICIPAL EXPERIENCE: Former candidate for mayor and city council in Fall River.
CIVIC ACTIVITIES: Vietnam-era Army veteran; Fall River Elks Club; Kiwanis Club; past member, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
FAMILY: Divorced; two children, Seth, 32, Ryan, 19

District includes: Acushnet, Aquinnah, Barnstable, Berkley, Bourne, Brewster, Bridgewater, Carver, Chatham, Chilmark, Dartmouth, Dennis, Dighton, Eastham, Edgartown, Fairhaven, Fall River, Falmouth, Freetown, Gosnold, Harwich, Kingston, Lakeville, Marion, Mashpee, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Nantucket, New Bedford, Oak Bluffs, Orleans, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Provincetown, Raynham, Rochester, Sandwich, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Tisbury, Truro, Wareham, Wellfleet, West Tisbury, Westport, Yarmouth

1st District: Fiola wins over 2 challengers

The Patriot Ledger / Nov. 8, 2006

Governor’s Councilor Carole A. Fiola yesterday won re-election to a fourth term by defeating two challengers.

Philip C. Paleologos, a New Bedford Republican and the apparent runner-up, and Paul R. Viveros of Fall River, who ran as an independent, sought to represent the lst District on the council.

The confirmation power over the governor’s judicial nominations, including judges and appointments to the state Industrial Accident Board, Appellate Tax Board and Parole Board is the council’s key role.

The sprawling 1st District includes the cities of Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton and 45 towns in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Carver, Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth were among towns that favored Fiola.

A 46-year-old Fall River Democrat, Fiola could not be reached for comment last night.

But both challengers had positive things to say about the campaign and how the candidates got along.

The three candidates engaged in a nice respectable campaign that all enjoyed, Viveros said, “but Carole probably enjoyed it more at the end than Phil and I.”

“We had different views but we each respected each other’s views of how they would be on the Governor’s Council,” Viveros said.

“All I can say is all of us put forward a good competition, a good campaign, a good contest,” Paleologos, 56, said early this morning.

“And I’m very proud to have been able to carry my message to the people - my message of hard-on-crime judges,” he said, and “that criminals are getting soft sentences and victimizing our neighborhoods and endangering our families.”

Barry Smith may be reached at
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2 challengers criticize Governor’s Council

The Patriot Ledger / Oct. 25, 2006

Three candidates are running for the Governor’s Council from the 1st District.

Councilor Carole A. Fiola, a Fall River Democrat first elected in 2000, is seeking her fourth two-year term. Challenging her are Philip Paleologos, a Republican from New Bedford, and Paul R. Viveros of Fall River, who is running as an independent.

Voters in Carver, Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth will help make the choice on Nov. 7. Those towns are among 48 cities and towns in the Southeastern Massachusetts district, which includes Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Each of the eight council districts covers five of the 40 state Senate districts.

The job of the Governor’s Council is largely ceremonial. The council signs off on state expenditures and pardons by the governor. Its only real power is having confirmation power over the governor’s judicial appointments, including judges, clerk-magistrates, justices of the peace and notaries public, and appointments to the state Industrial Accident Board, Appellate Tax Board and Parole Board.

Talking about the current group of councilors, Paleologos said: “This council has been like a rubber stamp. Like many people, I’m very disturbed about over-lenient judges.”

He called some of the current judges “soft-on-crime, soft-on-time judges.”

He proposes that judges be subject to having their performance reviewed by a commission every five years.

Viveros is also critical of the courts.

“I just got really really tired of the arrogance the judges, the courts had, going to court,” he said.

Viveros added that he wants to establish a rating system for judges.

Fiola said the governor’s council does important work and is no rubber stamp for the governor.

“I call it the final firewall,” she said. “We’re eight independent voices.”

As the incumbent, Fiola said, she hopes that her record and reputation as a council member will resonate with voters.

Councilors are paid $26,025 a year plus travel expenses.

Barry Smith may be reached at
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