Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Board of Selectmen remains the same. New faces on the Light Commission, Planning Board, Housing Authority and School Committee.
In an election that attracted only 2,470 voters, the people of Marblehead Monday made very few changes in the town's leadership. Only five positions were contested, which attracted only 14.2 percent of the electorate. Town Clerk Robin Michaud, who was re-elected without opposition, said the average turnout runs about 20 to 21 percent of the electorate. The five incumbents on the Board of Selectmen were easily reelected. Rose Ann Wheeler McCarthy, a member of the Cemetery Commission, tried unsuccessfully to unseat one of the Selectmen, but garnered only 573 votes. Judith Jacobi led the field with 1,786 votes. "At 73, I am glad the people still think I can serve," Jacobi said. James Nye had the second highest total with 1,775, followed by …
Here is a list of the vote totals and winners for this year's town election.
Monday, May 13, 2013
It was a good night for incumbent Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen will remain unchanged, as Marblehead voters overwhelmingly returned the five incumbents. Turnout was a low 14.2 percent, with 2,470 votes cast. According to Town Clerk Robin Michaud, who was herself re-elected in an uncontested race, a more usual voter turnout figure is 20 percent. Here are the unofficial results from the 2013 Marblehead Town Election: Top five (names in bold) are elected Two elected — This race wasn't contested, but does result in a new member of the School Committee, Meredith Tedford. Two elected One elected Two elected Gary Spiess was re-elected with 1,936 votes. Robin Michaud was re-elected with 1,926 votes. William Willis was re-elected with 1,786 votes. Richard Coletti was re-…
The air was brisk this morning but not the turnout at the Masonic Hall and Community Center.
As of 10:30 a.m., fewer than 250 voters had cast ballots at the Masonic Hall. That was 110 votes in Precinct 1, 77 in Precinct 2 and 59 in Precint 3 at the Pleasant Street polling place. Inside and outside the assessement was that the day's voting was starting out slow. "It's really slow," said Linda Nelson, a warden. Outside, among a huddle of campaign sign toters in the cool air, library trustee incumbent Phil Sweeney noted the slow pace, too. He had just voted. Town Clerk Robin Michaud said the pace was similar over at Precints 4,5 and 6 at the Community Center by the high school. The clerk did not want to venture a guess as to the final turnout but she estimated it would fall somewhere between 15 percent at the low end and 21 …
Here is a sample ballot, along with information on where to vote.
Today is the town election. Here is an example of the ballot you'll see when you vote. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here's where you vote: If you're not sure which precinct you live in, the Secretary of State's Web site has a handy online look-up tool. Perhaps the most-watched race this year looked to be for two seats on the tumultuous School Committee. However, several candidates who had enough signatures bowed out, including incumbent Jonathan Lederman. That leaves only incumbent Kathleen Leonardson and challenger Meredith Tedford on the May 13 ballot. Residents will be asked back to the polls soon to vote on potential Proposition 2 1/2 overrides arising from last week's Town Meeting.
Here in one place are the letters Marblehead Patch received supporting various candidates for the 2013 Town Election.
Here are the letters Marblehead Patch received from residents in favor of candidates in the Town Election: Editor's note: Thank you, voters, for sending in your election letters this year in the form of blog posts, and good luck to all the candidates!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said they'd …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
There is a lot of campaigning to do before the Democrat and Republican face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head-to-head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month-and-a-half of campaigning still to come, we wanted to stop and ask: if the special election was held today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Here's a closer look at how Marblehead voted in Tuesday's US Senate Primary Election.
These unofficial election results were posted at Abbot Hall Tuesday night. The story in Marblehead was low voter turn-out and victories for Edward J. Markey and Gabriel Gomez. DEMOCRATIC STATE PRIMARY: REPUBLICAN STATE PRIMARY:
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 25 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
A political newcomer will face a long-time Massachusetts politician in the race to be the Bay State's next U.S. senator. The Associated Press has declared Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden the winners of their U.S. Senate special primary elections, according to tweets from Fox 25. The call for Gomez came approximately one hour after the polls closed in the statewide primary while a call for Markey came moments later. Gomez defeats his more seasoned opponents, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington and state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. Markey beat fellow U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran an …