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Town Election Updates – Candidates Needed

Many seats are open for our local town election coming up on May 20, 2013. The following is a list of positions on the ballot as well as important upcoming election dates. To become a candidate a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. The deadline to submit nomination papers is April 1. The date of both political party caucuses is April 12. Some offices have no announced candidates yet. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or  annc@hopkintonma.gov. Read more: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk/election

Offices and Candidates (as of 3/25) on the May 20 Ballot

  • SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    Benjamin Palleiko
    John Mosher
  • TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Bruce Karlin
  • TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Geri Holland
  • BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Mary Jo LaFreniere
  • BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    *Candidate Needed*
  • BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
    Michael McNamara
    *2nd Candidate Needed*
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Lynn M Fournier
  • COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
    Maureen Bumiller
  • CONSTABLES, For 3 years, Vote for 3
    Don Cresswell Sr
    Craig Stanley
    *3rd Candidate Needed*
  • HOUSING AUTHORITY, Unexpired Term 2016, Vote for 1
    Nancy Kelleigh
    Craig Stanley
  • 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
    Amy Ritterbusch

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES:

  • Last day to file nomination papers for Town Election: Mon, April 1
  • Last day to register to vote for the Special State Primary: Wed, April 10
  • Last day to register to vote for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election: Tues, April 16
  • Special State Primary: Tues, April 30
  • Annual Town Meeting begins: Mon, May 6 at 7:00pm
  • Annual Town Election: Mon, May 20, 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Last day to register to vote for Special State Election: Wed, June 5
  • Special State Election: Tues, June 25

Town Election Season has Begun – Save the Dates

Many seats are open for our local town election coming up on May 20, 2013. The following is a list of positions on the ballot as well as important upcoming election dates. To become a candidate a person must be a registered voter in Hopkinton and either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters; or a person may qualify by being the top vote getter in one of the town political party caucuses; or a combination of both. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-497-9710 or  annc@hopkintonma.gov. Read more: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk/election

OFFICES ON THE MAY 20 BALLOT

  • SELECTMEN, For 3 years, Vote for 2
  • TOWN MODERATOR, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • TOWN CLERK, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • BOARD OF ASSESSORS, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • BOARD OF HEALTH, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES, For 3 years, Vote for 2
  • CEMETERY COMMISSIONER, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • COMMISSIONER OF TRUST FUND, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • CONSTABLES, For 3 years, Vote for 3
  • HOUSING AUTHORITY, Unexpired Term 2016, Vote for 1
  • PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION, For 3 years, Vote for 1
  • PLANNING BOARD, For 5 years, Vote for 2
  • SCHOOL COMMITTEE, For 3 years, Vote for 1

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES:

  • Last day to file nomination papers for Town Election: Mon, April 1
  • Last day to register to vote for the Special State Primary: Wed, April 10
  • Last day to register to vote for Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election: Tues, April 16
  • Special State Primary: Tues, April 30
  • Annual Town Meeting begins: Mon, May 6 at 7:00pm
  • Annual Town Election: Mon, May 20, 7:00am-8:00pm
  • Last day to register to vote for Special State Election: Wed, June 5
  • Special State Election: Tues, June 25

State and Presidential Election Results

Read specifically how Hopkinton voted at: https://groups.google.com/a/ hopkintonma.gov/forum/ ?fromgroups#!forum/hopnotices

Read more details on State Results at: http://www.boston.com/news/special/ politics/2012/general/

More details on results throughout the country including 3rd party candidates: http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results

OVERALL Results (UNOFFICIAL) for Questions and Candidates on the Hopkinton Ballot:

  • Electors for President and Vice President of the United States
    • JOHNSON AND GRAY, LIBERTARIAN 0 Electoral Votes (Won 1,140,804 popular votes (1.0%) for the Libertarian ticket, breaking the 32-year record held by Ed Clark, who won 921,128 votes (1.06%) in 1980.)
    • OBAMA AND BIDEN, DEMOCRAT 303 Electoral Votes, Popular Vote 50.1%
    • ROMNEY AND RYAN, REPUBLICAN 206 Electoral Votes, Popular Vote 48.4%
    • STEIN AND HONKALA, GREEN-RAINBOW 0 Electoral Votes (396,684 popular votes (0.3%) for the Green Party)
  • Senator in US Congress
    • SCOTT P. BROWN, REPUBLICAN (Incumbent) 46.1%
    • ELIZABETH A. WARREN, DEMOCRAT 53.9%
  • Representative in US Congress (4th District)
    • SEAN BIELAT, REPUBLICAN 36.3%
    • JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, III, DEMOCRAT 60.9%
    • DAVID A. ROSA, INDEPENDENT 2.8%
  • Councillor
    • ROBERT L. JUBINVILLE, DEMOCRAT 60%
    • EARL H. SHOLLEY, REPUBLICAN 40%
  • Senator in General Court (2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District)
    • KAREN E. SPILKA, DEMOCRAT (Incumbent)
  • Representative in General Court (8th Middlesex District)
    • CAROLYN C. DYKEMA, DEMOCRAT (Incumbent) 59%
    • MARTIN A. LAMB, REPUBLICAN 41%
  • Clerk of Courts (Middlesex County)
    • MICHAEL A. SULLIVAN, DEMOCRAT (Incumbent)
  • Register of Deeds (Middlesex Southern District)
    • MARIA C. CURTATONE, DEMOCRAT
  • Sherrif (Middlesex County)
    • PETER J. KOUTOUJIAN, DEMOCRAT 77%
    • ERNESTO M. PETRONE, UNENROLLED 23%
  • State Ballot Question 1– Right to Repair / Safe and Fair Repair
    • A YES VOTE 85% would enact the proposed law requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers’ Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities.
    • A NO VOTE 15% would make no change in existing laws.
  • State Ballot Question 2– Death with Dignity / Assisted Suicide
    • A YES VOTE 49% would enact the proposed law allowing a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person’s life.
    • A NO VOTE 51% would make no change in existing laws.
  • State Ballot Question 3– Eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana
    • A YES VOTE 63% would enact the proposed law eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medial use of marijuana allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.
    • A NO VOTE 37% would make no change in existing laws.

State and Presidential Election Tuesday – Polls open early at 6:30am

Vote Here SignTuesday, November 6 – Polls open 6:30am-8:00pm
Hopkinton Middle School Brown Gym
Absentee Ballots due by 12noon tomorrow, Monday, November 5 – Go to the Town Clerk’s office on the first floor of Town Hall to vote by absentee ballot.  http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk

Info on Elections: http://www.wheredoivotema.com
Info on State Ballot Questions: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htm

What’s on the Hopkinton Ballot:

Continue reading State and Presidential Election Tuesday – Polls open early at 6:30am

Reminder – State Election Coming Up November 6

As if anyone could forget with all the political robo-calls we’ve been getting. There is no school on Tuesday, November 6 due to a Teacher Professional Day. If you will be out of town, you may submit an absentee ballot, which must be returned by 12:00pm Noon on the day before the election, which is Monday, November 5. Contact the Town Clerk’s office for more information at http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/clerk/election.

On the November 6 Ballot for Hopkinton residents:

  • Electors for President and Vice President of the United States
  • Senator in US Congress
  • Representative in US Congress (4th District)
  • Councillor
  • Senator in General Court (2nd Middlesex and Norfolk District)
  • Representative in General Court (8th Middlesex District)
  • Clerk of Courts (Middlesex County)
  • Register of Deeds (Middlesex Southern District)
  • Sherrif (Middlesex County)
  • State Ballot Question 1 – Right to Repair / Safe and Fair Repair
  • State Ballot Question 2 – Death with Dignity / Assisted Suicide
  • State Ballot Question 3 – Eliminating state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana
  • Read more on the State Ballot questions at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htm

Save the Dates – Elmwood School Roof and State Rep Debate

Save the Date for a Fall Special Town Meeting and Special Town Election (Ballot Vote) to vote on funding for a new roof for Elmwood School. More details coming in next week’s email.

Monday, October 15 – State Rep Debate LIVE, 7:00 PM on HCAM-TV – Carolyn Dykema vs Marty Lamb
Wednesday, October 17 – Last Day to Register to Vote for November 6 State and Presidential Election
Monday, November 26 – Special Town Meeting – Elmwood School Roof
Monday, December 3 – Special Town Election (Ballot Vote) – Elmwood School Roof

State Election Results

How Hopkinton Voted – Unofficial Results http://www.hopkinton.org/pdf/StateElecNov2-2010Final.pdf

Overall Statewide Winners for Offices and Questions on the November 2 Hopkinton Ballot (Source http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2010/)

GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
48% PATRICK AND MURRAY        Democrat
ATTORNEY GENERAL
63% MARTHA COAKLEY    46 Coolidge Rd., Medford     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
SECRETARY OF STATE
65% WILLIAM FRANCIS GALVIN    46 Lake St., Boston     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
TREASURER
55% STEVEN GROSSMAN    30 Huntington Rd., Newton     Democrat
AUDITOR
48% SUZANNE M. BUMP    409 North Plain Rd., Great Barrington     Democrat
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, THIRD DISTRICT
56% JAMES P. McGOVERN    393 Burncoat St., Worcester     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
COUNCILLOR, SECOND DISTRICT
55% KELLY A. TIMILTY    103 Brookdale Ave., Dedham     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT, SECOND MIDDLESEX & NORFOLK DISTRICT
59% KAREN E. SPILKA    18 Rome Way, Ashland     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT, EIGHTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT
71% CAROLYN C. DYKEMA    429 Marshall St., Holliston     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, NORTHERN DISTRICT
GERARD T. LEONE, JR.    171 Ash St., Hopkinton     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
SHERIFF, MIDDLESEX COUNTY
76% JAMES V. DiPAOLA    181 Kimball St., Malden     Democrat Candidate for Re-election
QUESTION 1: Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages
52% A YES VOTE would remove the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol where their sale or importation into the state is subject to an excise tax under state law.
QUESTION 2: “Chapter 40B” Comprehensive Permits for Low- or Moderate- Income Housing
58% A NO VOTE would make no change in the state law allowing issuance of such a comprehensive permit.
QUESTION 3: Sales and Use Tax Rates
57% A NO VOTE would make no change in the state sales and use tax rates. 

State Election on Tuesday and Absentee Ballots Due Monday

State Election – Tuesday, November 2
The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All precincts vote at the Middle School Gym, 88 Hayden Rowe Street (enter by Grove Street). Absentee ballot applications are due by noon on Monday, November 1. Please see the Hopkinton Town Clerk’s website for more information http://www.hopkinton.org/clerk/

Important Information on Ballot Question #3

Question #3 is about reducing the Massachusetts sales tax. A YES vote on Question 3 supports reducing the sales tax from 6.25% to 3%. A NO vote supports keeping the sales tax at its current 6.25%. The Massachusetts Municipal Association (an advocacy group representing municipal leaders) estimates that the state will cut local aid by 5%-10% if Question 3 passes; in that case, the MMA estimates that Hopkinton will lose $744,596 (This number includes School Aid and UGGA Source). Stand for Children (an advocacy group working for excellent public education) reports that Hopkinton will lose $1,253,766 in state aid if Question 3 passes (This larger number includes local aid, bridges and roads, Chapter 70, Special Education, Student Transportation and other school aid Source). The League of Women Voters has voted to oppose Question 3, in part because it shifts costs from the state to cities and towns, creating an even greater reliance on property taxes.

Groups Opposed to Ballot Question #3
Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA)
Stand for Children
League of Women Voters Massachusetts (LWVMA)
Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association (Mass PTA)
Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)

All Four Gubernatorial Candidates Oppose Ballot Question #3:
Deval Patrick, Democrat
Charlie Baker, Republican
Tim Cahill, Independent
Jill Stein, Green-Rainbow


State Ballot Questions http://www.sec.state.ma.us/

QUESTION 1: Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages

This proposed law would remove the Massachusetts sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol, where the sale of such beverages and alcohol or their importation into the state is already subject to a separate excise tax under state law. The proposed law would take effect on January 1, 2011.

WHAT YOUR VOTE WILL DO

A YES VOTE
would remove the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol where their sale or importation into the state is subject to an excise tax under state law. www.YesTo1.com

A NO VOTE
would make no change in the state sales tax on alcoholic beverages and alcohol. www.NoOn1MA.com

QUESTION 2: “Chapter 40B” Comprehensive Permits for Low- or Moderate- Income Housing
This proposed law would repeal an existing state law that allows a qualified organization wishing to build government-subsidized housing that includes low- or moderate-income units to apply for a single comprehensive permit from a city or town’s zoning board of appeals (ZBA), instead of separate permits from each local agency or official having jurisdiction over any aspect of the proposed housing. The repeal would take effect on January 1, 2011, but would not stop or otherwise affect any proposed housing that had already received both a comprehensive permit and a building permit for at least one unit.

WHAT YOUR VOTE WILL DO

A YES VOTE would repeal the state law allowing the issuance of a single comprehensive permit to build housing that includes low- or moderate-income units. www.repeal40B.com

A NO VOTE would make no change in the state law allowing issuance of such a comprehensive permit. www.protectaffordablehousing.org


QUESTION 3: Sales and Use Tax Rates

This proposed law would reduce the state sales and use tax rates (which were 6.25% as of September 2009) to 3% as of January 1, 2011. It would make the same reduction in the rate used to determine the amount to be deposited with the state Commissioner of Revenue by non-resident building contractors as security for the payment of sales and use tax on tangible personal property used in carrying out their contracts.

WHAT YOUR VOTE WILL DO

A YES VOTE would reduce the state sales and use tax rates to 3%. www.RollBackTaxes.com

A NO VOTE would make no change in the state sales and use tax rates. www.votenoquestion3.com


Offices and Candidates on the Ballot November 2:

SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT, SECOND MIDDLESEX & NORFOLK DISTRICT

GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
PATRICK AND MURRAY        Democrat http://devalpatrick.com/
BAKER AND TISEI        Republican http://www.charliebaker2010.com/
CAHILL AND LOSCOCCO        Independent http://www.timforgovernor.com/
STEIN AND PURCELL        Green-Rainbow http://www.jillstein.org/
ATTORNEY GENERAL
MARTHA COAKLEY    46 Coolidge Rd., Medford     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election http://www.marthacoakley.com/
JAMES P. MCKENNA    28 Miles St., Millbury     Republican http://www.jimforag.com/
SECRETARY OF STATE
WILLIAM FRANCIS GALVIN    46 Lake St., Boston     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election http://www.billgalvin.org/
WILLIAM C. CAMPBELL    45 Arlington Rd., Woburn     Republican http://www.billcampbell2010.com/
JAMES D. HENDERSON    38 Brandymeade Cir., Stow     Unenrolled http://www.jimforsoc.com/2010/
TREASURER
STEVEN GROSSMAN    30 Huntington Rd., Newton     Democrat http://www.stevegrossman.com/
KARYN E. POLITO    11 Coachman Ridge Rd., Shrewsbury     Republican  http://www.karynpolitofortreasurer.com/
AUDITOR
SUZANNE M. BUMP    409 North Plain Rd., Great Barrington     Democrat http://www.suzannebump.com/
MARY Z. CONNAUGHTON    1 Tomkins Ln., Framingham     Republican http://www.maryforauditor.com/
NATHANAEL ALEXANDER FORTUNE    152 Westbrook Rd., Whately     Green-Rainbow http://www.natfortune.org/
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, THIRD DISTRICT
JAMES P. McGOVERN    393 Burncoat St., Worcester     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election http://jimmcgovern.com/
MARTIN A. LAMB    57 Wingate Rd., Holliston     Republican http://www.martyforcongress.com/
PATRICK J. BARRON    247 North Lake Ave., Worcester     Independent http://www.barronforcongress.org/
COUNCILLOR, SECOND DISTRICT
KELLY A. TIMILTY    103 Brookdale Ave., Dedham     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election (No Campaign Website Found on Google or Boston.com)
STEVEN M. GLOVSKY    36 Shaw Dr., Wayland     Republican http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=100000958666914
RICHARD MITCHELL    204 East Central St., Natick     Unenrolled http://voterichmitchell.com/
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT, SECOND MIDDLESEX & NORFOLK DISTRICT
KAREN E. SPILKA    18 Rome Way, Ashland     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election http://www.electkarenspilka.com/
EDWARD BERGIN McGRATH    56 Lanewood Ave., Framingham     Republican http://www.mcgrathforsenate.com/
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT, EIGHTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT
CAROLYN C. DYKEMA    429 Marshall St., Holliston     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election http://www.carolyndykema.com/
JONATHAN A. LOYA    124 South St., Holliston     Liberty http://www.electjonloya.com/
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, NORTHERN DISTRICT
GERARD T. LEONE, JR.    171 Ash St., Hopkinton     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election http://www.gerryleone.com/
SHERIFF, MIDDLESEX COUNTY
JAMES V. DiPAOLA    181 Kimball St., Malden     Democrat
Candidate for Re-election (No Campaign Website Found on Google or Boston.com)
MICHAEL S. TRANCHITA, SR.    69 Harvard St., Winchester     Unenrolled (No Campaign Website Found on Google or Boston.com)