ATTLEBORO — Mayor-elect Paul Heroux now says he might resign his state representative seat after all.

Heroux, a Democrat, was elected mayor Tuesday, but on Wednesday said he would finish his House term while he worked to get top legislative priorities passed.

Thursday he said he talked to House leadership and was told there is a good chance his top two priorities could be approved before Jan. 1, one day prior to his taking office as mayor.

He said that if that occurs, he would feel free to resign his House seat and concentrate solely on being mayor because he had accomplished what he wanted to on Beacon Hill.

Heroux’s original announcement that he might keep both jobs until his legislative term is up led to harsh criticism from supporters of Mayor Kevin Dumas, who Heroux defeated.

They argued that he should have told voters his plans before the election, that it is wrong to receive two salaries, and that Attleboro needs a full-time mayor.

Heroux said if he did the two jobs he would treat them both as full-time.

The two bills he most wants to get passed are one calling for the corrections department to measure whether its programs work, and another that would prohibit smoking in cars with young children.

The corrections bill could be rolled into a criminal justice reform package schedule for a vote next week as an amendment.

Heroux said he wants the state to set up a system to determine if the money spent on programs such as anger management and drug counseling actually produce results.

The smoking bill was proposed in 2013 at the request of a mother. Heroux said that in the past it got all the way through the committee process, but never came up for a final vote on the floor. It could pass quickly, if it is given a floor vote, he said.

Heroux said he never wanted to keep both the Statehouse and city hall jobs, but felt obligated to finish the job he started in the Legislature.

“I don’t want to go back and forth to Boston. I want to be in Attleboro. I just wanted to reserve the right to see my projects through,” he said.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or jhand@thesunchronicle.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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(2) comments

citizenx

"Heroux’s original announcement that he might keep both jobs until his legislative term is up led to harsh criticism from supporters of Mayor Kevin Dumas, who Heroux defeated."
Here's some harsh reality Dumas supporters: You lost. Get over it.

rabbittrouser

Mayor-Elect Hero(ux) has spent 5 years on Bacon Hill and has 2 pending bills to show for it? Regardless of who won the election Attleboro still has a Tax & Spend OPM (Other Peoples Money) Big Gubmint Mayor in City Hall.

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