Already a political machine

This post also appeared on in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.

The Gouveia family united in Norton, MA earlier today for a political rally.

My dad was running a write-in campaign to become Town Moderator and we figured he could use all the help he could. So after work, we bundled Will up, put him in the car and trekked 45 minutes north to Norton. Voter turnout was low due to bad weather (and a very uninteresting ballot) but Will seemed to warm everyone up as soon as we took him out to cheer on his grandpa. We also made him two signs. One you can see in the picture that said “Vote For My Grandpa Bill Gouveia — Moderator.” The other one said “If You Don’t Write-In Bill Gouveia for Moderator Then You Hate Babies!”

As it turns out, little Will is good luck as my father unseated an incumbent by a┬áhealthy margin. Pretty impressive considering his name wasn’t even on the ballot. My son isn’t even a month old yet and he’s already spearheaded a successful political campaign. That’s my boy.

But I think the coolest thing about today was how everything has come full circle. You see, my parents are townies in Norton. Their parents grew up in town, they chose to marry and stay there and so my brother and I were the third generation to grow up there. My dad has always been involved in town politics, serving on the Finance Committee, twice as a selectman, the Cable Commission and now Moderator. So when I turned 18 he happened to be running for selectman, meaning the first person I ever voted for was my dad. I held campaign signs for him when I was a kid and now his grandson had a sign attached to his carseat.

And if that’s not proof enough Will is good luck, the Sox pulled out a win in the bottom of the 9th.

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3 thoughts on “Already a political machine

  1. Thanks to Will, MJ and you for making the trip and being there. I definitely think Will was the difference in the campaign! And I love you all very much!

    And don’t forget – you married an Norton girl too!

  2. I signed your guestbook & said this there too, but hey, repeats can be good.

    First, congrats to your dad for winning his election.

    Second, I think it’s possible that your family might know mine if they’ve always lived in Norton. My Grandparents & Uncle have always lived there but my Dad had moved, moved back, moved away again & is now buried just outside of Norton as he passed away in 1980. He was a Police Officer & was killed by a drunk driver when we lived in Albuquerque, NM. My grandparents & Uncle live off of Clapp St. Sadly, I haven’t been to Norton since I was 10 & keep telling my hubby I want to go for a visit. Ironically, my Father in law is from New Bedford.

  3. Lisa,

    Ready for something really freaky? I lived on Clapp Street for 10 years! My parents have lived there their whole lives and my Dad was a selectman twice, so I’m sure we know your family. If you don’t want to put their names on the site you can email me at and we’ll see if we know each other.

    Small world huh? Thanks for reading!

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