Ask eHop: Unenrolled voters in the primary?

Ask eHop: How can unenrolled voters participate in the primary election? 

Massachusetts has open primaries, meaning registered independent, or unenrolled, voters can decide whether to vote in the Republican, Democratic or Green-Rainbow primary. Read more in the Hopkinton Crier. 22% of Hopkinton voters are Democrats, 20% are Republican, and 57% are unenrolled.

Hopkinton Voters Percent by Political Party
% Hopkinton Voters by Political Party (2012)

 

Presidential Primary – Vote Tuesday 3/1

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The Massachusetts Presidential Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1, also known as “Super Tuesday.” All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym, 88 Hayden Rowe St, Hopkinton, enter by Grove Street. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm.

For more information please visit the Town Clerk’s page on the Town’s website at www.hopkintonma.gov for more information regarding Absentee Ballot voting or call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-497-9710 or email the clerk at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov.

Hopkinton Specimen Ballots 2016-03-01 (PDF)


Democratic Primary Ballot (Vote for 1):

Democratic State Committee Man (Vote for 1 Man):

  • Chris Walsh

Democratic State Committee Woman (Vote for 1 Woman):

  • Karen E Spilka

Democratic Town Committee (Vote for 30):

  • Richard O. Duggan
  • Mary E. Duggan
  • Darlene A. Hayes
  • Laura W. Hanson
  • Kenneth C. Parker
  • Christine Dietz
  • Bruce G. Karlin
  • Michael F. Cook
  • Francis J. D’Urso
  • Brahim Brian Hassan
  • Mary Jo LaFreniere
  • Muriel E. Kramer
  • David K. Morgan
  • Maureen K. Bumiller
  • Rebeka L. Hoffman
  • Elizabeth B. Whittemore
  • Mary Arnault
  • Margo R. Roman
  • Edithmarie L. Siebert
  • Thomas F. Pratt
  • Melanie A. Smith
  • Thomas E. Smith
  • Katherine L. Fernald
  • Carl A. Altamura
  • Edward J. Mills

Republican Primary Ballot (Vote for 1):

Republican State Committee Man (Vote for 1 Man):

Republican State Committee Woman (Vote for 1 Woman):

Republican Town Committee (Vote for 35):

  • Kenneth R. Weismantel
  • Al Alfred W. Rogers, Jr.
  • Ronald M. Clark
  • Thomas J. Garabedian
  • Robert T. Dobinski
  • Lillian P. Holden
  • Leonard A. Holden
  • F. Eric Sonnett
  • Scott R. Aghababian
  • John M. Coutinho
  • Brian J. Herr
  • Daniel F. Terry
  • Nancy J. Barton
  • William S. Rogers, Jr.
  • L. Philip Totino, Jr.
  • Richard A. MacDonald
  • Leda Arakelian
  • Vascen J. Bogigian
  • William A. Muench
  • Henry R. Kunicki
  • Francis J. DeYoung
  • Matthew P. Wade
  • Frank E. Sivo
  • Brian J. Karp
  • Claire B. Wright
  • Brian E. Eberlin
  • Steve A. Barron
  • John R. Ferrari
  • Cecilia J. DelGaudio
  • Christian P. Ollenborger
  • June A. Harris

Green-Rainbow Primary Ballot:


United Independent Primary Ballot:

  • No Preference

Food Services on the 2/25 School Committee Agenda

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At this week’s School Committee Meeting, HPS Food Services Provider, Whitsons, will be presenting their midyear report. The meeting is Thursday, February 25 in the Middle School Library. Public comments will be accepted at the beginning of the meeting at about 7:15pm, and near the end of the meeting at about 9:20pm. A group of Hopkinton residents has recently formed a Facebook group regarding school lunches. Their mission is to bring a healthier balance to the Hopkinton school lunch program with a greater variety of meal options and plant-based meals that set children up for success now and in the future. As part of their mission, they are looking to bring in organic and non GMO options wherever possible, and locally sourced farm-to-school produce and meats. Members of the group have met with Whitsons and the HPS Finance Director and have submitted several questions in advance, which are expected to be answered during the meeting, but this portion of the meeting will not be interactive with the audience. Members of the public may attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV, barring any technical difficulties (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / www.hcam.tv).

For More Info:

Zoning Bylaw & Map Changes – Public Hearing 2/22

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In advance of Town Meeting, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the zoning bylaw and/or zoning map on Mon Feb 22 @ 7:30pm (Snow Date 2/23) at Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend. Questions? Contact the Land Use Department at 508-497-9745.

  1. Adopt provisions pertaining to dog day care facilities, including a definition of the use, a new bylaw that includes the requirement for a special permit, regulations on minimum lot area, maximum number of dogs, hours of operation, odor and noise control, and parking.
    Dog Day Care Facilities draft 2-2-16
  2. Adopt provisions pertaining to animal shelters, including a definition of the use, a parking requirement, and a new bylaw which requires a special permit for the use and contains regulations pertaining to items such as minimum lot area, noise, odor and screening requirements.
    Animal Shelters draft 2-2-16
  3. Modify the Hotel Overlay District to reduce the amount of meeting room/function space required, change the reference to restaurants, and to change “health club” to “fitness center”.
    Hotel Overlay District draft 2-2-16
  4. Adopt a new Elmwood Park Business District (EPBD), a new definition of “licensed medical care facility for inpatient and outpatient services”, change the zoning district of about 54 acres from Industrial B District to EPBD, remove the area from the Hotel Overlay District, modify the Sign bylaw to reference the EPBD, and reference the EPBD in the list of zoning districts…
    Elmwood Park Business District draft 2-2-16
    Proposed Elmwood Park Business District Map
  5. Sign Bylaw including the removal of references to sign content, adoption of new definitions, and general revisions to regulations including temporary signs, sign lighting, size and number.
    Sign Bylaw draft 2-2-16
    Document depicting proposed changes to Sign Bylaw 2-2-16
  6. Modify the Garden Apartments in Residential Districts Bylaw, including changes to the references to open space and historic buildings and structures. Adopt a new special permit criterion which references the statutory goal to provide 10% of the housing stock as affordable housing.
    Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  7. Modify the Village Housing in Residential Districts Bylaw, including changes to the references to open space and historic buildings and structures. Adopt a new special permit criterion which references the statutory goal to provide 10% of the housing stock as affordable housing. Adopt a site plan approval criterion which requires a host community agreement.
    Garden Apartments and Village Housing bylaws draft 2-2-16
  8. Senior Housing Development – Repeal Article XVIA
    Senior Housing Development Bylaw draft 2-2-16
  9. Amend Site Plan Review and Open Space and Landscape Preservation Development Bylaws to references § 210-117.2, lots with historic structures.
    Site Plan Review and OSLPD Bylaws draft 2-2-16

Town Election Candidate Updated List

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Many candidates have now pulled nomination papers for the upcoming Town Election, but a few offices still have no candidates. Selectmen and Town Clerk are now contested races. To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, March 28; or a person may qualify by being the top vote-getter in one of the town political party caucuses.  The dates of the Democratic and Republican Caucuses have not yet been announced, but are usually held in early April at Town Hall.

Offices on the May 16 Ballot

BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Mary Jo LaFreniere, 18 Walcott Valley Dr, Democrat, Incumbent

BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Philip Cohen, 3 John Matthew Rd, Republican, Incumbent

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2

  • Susan Porter, 348 Wood St, Unenrolled, Incumbent
  • Michael McNamara, 7 Baker Ln, Unenrolled, Incumbent

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race

  • Michael Umina, 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled
  • Margaret Wiggin, 5 Cross St, Democrat
  • Claire Wright, 28 Hayden Rowe St, Republican

CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

COMMISSIONERS OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Maureen Bumiller, 16 Birchwood Ln, Democrat, Incumbent

CONSTABLE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Michael Umina, 24 Chestnut St, Unenrolled, Incumbent

HOPKINTON HOUSING AUTHORITY, For 5 years, Vote for 1

  • Nancy Kelleigh, 40 East Main St, Republican, Incumbent

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2

  • 2 Candidates Needed

SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Nancy Richards-Cavanaugh, 25 Priscilla Rd, Unenrolled

TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1 – Contested Race

  • Connor Degan, 16 Daniel Shays Rd, Unenrolled
  • Deborah Holbrook, 6 Rice St, Republican

TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508.497.9710 or townclerk@hopkintonma.gov. Click to read more on the Town Clerk’s website.

Colella’s Sign Taken Down – Hopkinton Drug Files for Chapter 11

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In case you missed it, the Colella’s neon sign was taken down earlier this month in anticipation of a new CVS/Pharmacy sign being installed soon. Both HopNews.com and the Metrowest Daily News have reported that Hopkinton Drug across the street from Colella’s / CVS/Pharmacy has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a judge ordered Hopkinton Drug to pay $1 million to CVS/Caremark.

Colella's CVS

Presidential Primary 3/1

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The Massachusetts Presidential Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1, also known as “Super Tuesday.” All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm.

For those registered voters who are unable to vote at the polls on election day due to (1) absence from town during normal polling hours; or (2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or (3) religious belief, absentee ballot applications are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. If you fall under the guidelines as stated above, you may vote by absentee ballot at the Town Clerk’s Office or request that a ballot is mailed to you.

The deadline for an absentee ballot is noon on Monday, February 29, 2016. Please visit the Town Clerk’s page on the Town’s website at www.hopkintonma.gov for more information regarding Absentee Ballot voting or call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-497-9710 or email me at townclerk@hopkintonma.gov. Continue reading Presidential Primary 3/1

HPTA “State of the Schools” Conversations with Dr MacLeod

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The HPTA Presents Conversations with Dr MacLeod & School Committee Chair, Ellen Scordino:

  • Wed, Feb 10 @ 7:00-9:00pm, Hopkinton High School Library
  • Thurs, Feb 11 @ 10:00-11:00am, Town Hall Room 215/216

The Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association is hosting a forum to offer community members an opportunity to speak with Superintendent, Dr. Cathy MacLeod and School Committee Chair Ellen Scordino about curriculum, FY2016-2017 budget and other important Hopkinton Public School topics. In the past the HPTA has hosted the State of the Schools event as a HCAM call-in show but decided to change the format to allow for a more interactive exchange of ideas. Please join us for a morning or evening of engaging conversation.

This event will not be televised, community members must attend the forum in person to ask questions. Click for contact info for the Superintendent & School Committee.

FY17 Budget Key Takeaways