Category Archives: State Election 2010

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)

State Primary Election on Tuesday and Library Expansion Update

State Primary Election – Tuesday, September 14

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). Applications for Absentee Ballots may be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk and must be received by Noon Sept. 13. Visit http://www.hopkinton.org/clerk/elections.htm for more information. The following are the lists of candidates on the Republican and Democratic Ballots with links to the candidates’ websites if applicable. Please note that there are no candidates on the Libertarian primary ballot this year, so it is not included here.

REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT
GOVERNOR
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Richard R. Tisei
[Keith Davis – Declared Write-In Candidate]
ATTORNEY GENERAL
[Guy Carbone – Declared Write-In Candidate]
[
James McKenna – Declared Write-In Candidate]
SECRETARY OF STATE
TREASURER
AUDITOR
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
COUNCILLOR
Steven M. Glovsky
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT
None
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
None
SHERIFF
None


DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT
GOVERNOR
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Martha Coakley
SECRETARY OF STATE
TREASURER
AUDITOR
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS

James P. McGovern

COUNCILLOR
Kelly A. Timilty
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT
Carolyn C. Dykema
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Gerard T. Leone, Jr.
SHERIFF
James V. DiPaola



Hopkinton Public Library Expansion Update

Please see the press release below from Library Director, Rownak Hussain, and visit the websites listed here for more information.

Press Release – HOPKINTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 10, 2010:


At its September 9 meeting, the Permanent Building Committee reviewed sites for the Hopkinton Public Library. Stewart Roberts of Johnson and Roberts Associates outlined four options for the library site. Expanding the existing library could be accomplished by using the existing site and the adjacent Church Street site, but it would not accommodate enough parking. It is expensive to build underground parking, and using parking spaces farther away from the library could jeopardize the Town’s ability to win a state grant. This option would also involve additional costs to relocate the library during construction.


Although owned by the Town, a 4-acre parcel behind Claflin Place is not considered a desirable option. The site is land-locked, and would require the acquisition of additional land to provide road access to the site.

If residents approve a new school on Fruit Street, renovating Center School is another option. Using this site would keep the library in a prominent downtown location and provide the necessary parking spaces. However, the existing structure was not built to handle heavy book stacks, and some of the rear sections (not the historic building) would need to be removed and rebuilt to meet the state’s preference for a two-story project rather than a three-story one.

The fourth option is a new library behind Center School. As the least expensive option, this site would provide more than the required parking spaces for the library. Close to 30 residents attended the meeting to ask questions about the project and provide comments.


The Next Hopkinton School Committee Meeting:

Thursday, September 16 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library
Attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast channel 8/Verizon channel 30)
Agendas are usually posted in advance at:
http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/newweb2/schoolcommittee/agenda_minutes/agenda_minutes.php

Potential Sites for Hopkinton Public Library, Primary Election Coming Up, New 1st Grade Teacher Added and More School News

Permanent Building Committee Reviews Potential Sites for Hopkinton Public Library
Public Meeting Scheduled for September 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station

On Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m., in the second-floor conference room at Hopkinton Fire Station, the Permanent Building Committee will review sites for the Hopkinton Public Library. As part of a Feasibility Study currently underway, Architect Stewart Roberts of Johnson Roberts and Associates will present an overview of possible site plans that include the location of a future library, vehicle access and parking.

A public comment session will follow Roberts’ presentation. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the building project, provide comments and ask questions.

The purpose of the Feasibility Study is to determine an appropriate site for a Library that meets the current and future needs of residents in Hopkinton. The Hopkinton Library Building Program, completed in 2008, determined that Hopkinton Public Library should have larger areas for book, audio-visual and media collections as well as new technology, reading and quiet study areas, a young adult area, expanded children’s room and children’s program room, a large meeting room for Library programs and events, and be fully handicapped accessible. A site of at least 2 acres is needed to fit the proposed 26,000 square foot building, along with needed parking.

According to the Hopkinton Library Building Program, many public areas of the current Library are undersized by at least two hundred percent (200%). The last renovation/expansion of Hopkinton’s Library was in the 1960’s. Visit http://www.hopkintonlibrary.org/ for more detailed information.


State Primary Election
Tuesday, September 14

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). Applications for Absentee Ballots may be obtained by contacting the Town Clerk. http://www.hopkinton.org/clerk/elections.htm
Offices up for election are:

GOVERNOR
LT. GOVERNOR
ATTORNEY GENERAL
SECRETARY OF STATE
STATE TREASURER
STATE AUDITOR
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
COUNCILLOR, SECOND COUNCILLAR DISTRICT
SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT, SECOND MIDDLESEX & NORFOLK DISTRICT
REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT, EIGHTH MIDDLESEX REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, NORTHERN DISTRICT
SHERIFF, MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Notes from the August 16 School Committee Working Session:

New Fruit Street Elementary School
The schematic design stage for the proposed new elementary school at Fruit Street will begin right away. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) will determine exact square footage Hopkinton should have. The Elementary School Building Committee will likely request a Special Town Meeting and Special Town Election as early as February or March 2011 to fund the building of the new school. By getting started early and not waiting for a May Town Meeting to vote on the new school, the town is expected to save a considerable amount in construction costs, which will make up for any additional costs associated with holding a Special Town Meeting and Election. Target open date for new school is September 2013. A project milestones document should be available shortly from the Elementary School Building Committee.

New First Grade Teacher Added
At the end of the summer, Center School received an unexpected influx of new students. Faced with the prospect of five first grade classrooms as large as 24 students, the School Committee voted to hire a new first grade teacher. The result will be first grade class sizes of 22 students maximum, and on the downside the Teachers’ Lunch Room will now become a first grade classroom in addition Art and Music will now share the same room.
For several years in a row, the actual enrollments at Center School have exceeded the projected enrollments by a significant amount. For the last two years, this has resulted in last minute shifting of students and the hiring of new teacher in August. Principal Jennifer Parson and the School Committee discussed that they may not be able to offer as many sections of full day Kindergarten next year to leave some flex room for unexpected August enrollments.

2010-11 Projected Kindergarten Enrollment Actual Kindergaren Enrollment as of 8/16/10 Number of Kindergarten Students Over Projection
196 232 36
2010-11 Projected
1st Grade Enrollment
Actual 1st Grade Enrollment as of 8/16/10 Number of 1st Grade Students Over Projection
220 229 9

Center School Playground
The Center School Playground has recently failed inspection and plans for renovations are underway, although unfortunately they were not able to be finished before the start of school. All the new equipment and the new fence will be able to be moved to the new school at Fruit Street when Center School is decommissioned as an elementary school. Part of the funding will come from the HPTA and the Center School gift account, some new equipment to accomodate IEP needs will be paid for out of circuit breaker funds and finally some of the money will come from the school budget.


News from the September 2 School Committee Meeting:

Hopkinton superintendent to retire at end of year
By Michael Morton/Daily News staff, The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 03, 2010
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x1053805926/Hopkinton-superintendent-to-retire-at-end-of-year

Update on the New Elementary School and Voter Registration Deadline

New Fruit Street Elementary School / Center School Feasibility Study
We have some exciting news about the Center School Feasibility Study. In a letter dated July 28, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) notified the Town Manager that it has voted to allow Hopkinton to proceed into the schematic design stage as part of its Feasibility study for the repair or replacement of Center School. The MSBA agreed with the Hopkinton School Committee and Elementary School Building Committee’s preferred solution of building a new K-5 Neighborhood Elementary School and Early Childhood Education Center (Hopkinton Integrated Preschool) on the Fruit Street site. By working with the MSBA, Hopkinton will be eligible for approximately 40% reimbursement of school construction costs from the state for the new school at Fruit Street. With this solution, Elmwood and Hopkins Schools would both become K-5 Neighborhood Schools. Any renovations to Elmwood and Hopkins to accommodate Kindergarteners, such as adding sinks to the classrooms, would NOT be eligible for 40% reimbursement from MSBA. For more details, please see the following article from HCAM News about the August 2 Elementary School Building Committee meeting.

Fruit Street School Gets Approval For Next Design Phase
by Mark Collins, HCAM Staff Reporter
August 4 , 2010
http://www.hcam.tv/news/2010/08/FruitStSchool-08-04-10.shtml

Appropriations Committee
In other town budget news, as the FY12 Budget Season approaches the Hopkinton Appropriations Committee needs new volunteers. Please read more or watch the video on HCAM:

Appropriations Committee Needs New Volunteers
by Michelle Murdock, HCAM News Editor
August 6, 2010
http://www.hcam.tv/news/2010/08/App-08-06-10.shtml

Voter Registration Reminder
Hopkinton residents wishing to vote at the September 14 State Primary must register to vote by August 25, 2010. If you have recently moved to town or have changed your address since the last election, please visit the Town Clerk’s website for hours or to download a mail-in voter registration form.