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Town Election & Ballot Question Results 2017

Town Election 2017 Word Cloud

A total of 2,405 ballots were cast, of the total number of 11,696 registered voters, which is a turnout of a little over 20%. Click to view full results by precinct.

Contested Races on the May 15, 2017 Ballot

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years – Vote for 1
  • John M Coutinho, 1 David Joseph Road, Candidate for Re-election, Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers 1204
  • Amman Ali Haidri, 7 Spring Lane, Democratic Caucus Nominee 1126
Planning Board, 5 Years – Vote for 2
  • Kenneth R. Weismantel, 145 Ash Street, Candidate for Re-election, Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 925
  • Muriel E. Kramer, 39 North Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1148
  • Amy B. Ritterbusch, 54 Grove Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1364
  • Gary B. Trendel, 31 Chamberlain Street, Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1032
Planning Board, 1 Year – Vote for 1
  • Irfan Nasrullah, 211 Winter St, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1253
  • Al Alfred W. Rogers Jr., 4 Laurel Ave, Republican Caucus Nominee –945
Commissioners of Parks & Recreation, 3 Years – Vote for 2
  • Laura W. Hanson, 19 North Mill Street, Candidate for Re-election
    Democratic Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1613
  • Amy K. Markovich, 235 Lumber Street, Candidate for Re-election
    Republican Caucus Nominee, Nomination Papers – 1267
  • Christina M. Anderson, 7 Meserve Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1044
Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years – Vote for 2
  • June A. Harris, 185 Saddle Hill Road, Candidate for Re-election, Republican Caucus Nominee – 1050
  • Stanley D. Pulnik, 11 Downey Street, Candidate for Re-election, Nomination Papers – 716
  • Susan M. Kurys, 29 Forest Lane, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1047
  • Margaret A. Wiggin, 5 Cross Street, Democratic Caucus Nominee – 1320

Ballot Questions:

QUESTION 1: Charter Changes
Shall the Town of Hopkinton approve the charter amendment proposed by the Town Meeting, summarized below? The proposed changes to the Hopkinton Home Rule Charter include technical updates throughout to reflect current Town practice.

  • Yes 1785
  • No 375

QUESTION 2: Appointed Constables
Shall the Town of Hopkinton vote to have its elected Constables become appointed Constables of the Town?

  • Yes 773
  • No 1378

QUESTION 3: Underride
Shall the Town of Hopkinton be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and seventeen by an amount equal to $1,500,000?

  • Yes 1609
  • No 601

QUESTION 4: Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming
Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund design and construction of traffic and pedestrian safety improvements on Hayden Rowe?

  • Yes 1382
  • No 866

QUESTION 5: Fire Station HVAC
Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to repair the HVAC system on the Main St. Fire Station roof?

  • Yes  1561
  • No 658

QUESTION 6: Prohibit Marijuana Establishments
Shall the Town be authorized to prohibit, from all zoning districts within the Town, marijuana establishments as defined in Section 1(j) of Chapter 94G of the Massachusetts General Laws, including commercial marijuana cultivators, marijuana testing facilities, marijuana product manufacturers, marijuana retailers, and any other type of marijuana-related businesses, but excluding Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries as defined in Article XXXIII of the Zoning Bylaw?

  • Yes 1656
  • No 666

Uncontested Offices on the May 15 Ballot

Board of Assessors, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Lya Batlle-Rafferty, Democrat 1723

Board of Assessors, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Lesley Ficarri, Democrat 1727

Board of Health, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Elizabeth Whittemore, Democrat 1729

Board of Health, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Michael King, Democrat 1710

Board of Library Trustees, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Jessica King, Democrat 1708

Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Claire Wright, Republican (incumbent) 1704

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Muriel Kramer, Democrat 1754

Constable, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Ed Millis, Democrat 1677

Constable, 1 Year, 1 Seat

  • Francis J. D’Urso, Jr., Democrat 1601

Hopkinton Housing Authority, 5 Years, 1 Seat

  • Rebeka Hoffman, Democrat 1678

Planning Board, 3 Years, 1 Seat

  • Kelly Karp, Democrat 1702

School Committee, 3 Years, 2 Seats

  • Meenakshi Bharath, Unenrolled 1307
  • Jennifer Devlin, Democrat 1735

Vote Monday for Selectmen, Planning Board, Parks & Rec, Library Trustee and 6 Ballot Questions

Town Election Ballot 2017

All Hopkinton precincts vote at the Middle School. Polls are open 7:00am-8:00pm on Monday, May 15. School will be in session, so please park in the back and use the back entrance to the Brown Gym. Follow the signs. There are five contested races this year. eHop as an organization does not specifically endorse any of the candidates, click to read our policy for more info.  Please read the following articles for information about each contested race and the six ballot questions.

Stay tuned, HCAM will be live at 8pm when the polls close tonight to give you election results as soon as they are available. HCAM is available on Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 or streaming live at http://www.hcam.tv/.

Watch the Women’s Club Meet the Candidates Night:

Learn More about the Selectman Candidates

Selectmen Race 2017

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years – Vote for 1

HopNews Live! on Main with John Coutinho

HopNews Live! on Main with Amman Haidri

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Interview with John Coutinho

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Interview with Amman Haidri


eHop Did You Know? – Board of Selectmen

Learn More about the Planning Board 5-Year Candidates

Planning Board 5-Year 2017

Planning Board, 5 Years – Vote for 2

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Hopkinton Planning Board Candidates 2017 Debate

HopNews Live! on Main with Muriel Kramer & Ken Weismantel

HopNews Live! on Main with Amy Ritterbusch & Gary Trendel


eHop Did You Know? – Planning Board

Learn More about the Planning Board 1-Year Candidates

Planning Board 1-Year 2017

Planning Board, 1 Year – Vote for 1

Hopkinton Independent & HCAM Hopkinton Planning Board Candidates 2017 Debate – Irfan Nasrullah participated, but Al Rogers could not attend


eHop Did You Know? – Planning Board

Learn More about the Parks & Recreation Candidates

Parks & Rec Race 2017

Commissioners of Parks & Recreation, 3 Years – Vote for 2


eHop Did You Know? Parks & Recreation Commission

 

Learn More About the Board of Library Trustees 3-Year Candidates

Library Trustees Race 2017

Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years – Vote for 2


eHop Did You Know? Board of Library Trustees

Six Ballot Questions at the 2017 Town Election

Ballot Questions 2017

Vote “Yes” or “No” on the following questions appearing on the May 15, 2017 ballot:

QUESTION 1: Shall the Town of Hopkinton approve the charter amendment proposed by the Town Meeting, summarized below? The proposed changes to the Hopkinton Home Rule Charter include technical updates throughout to reflect current Town practice. Major changes include:

  • Reorganization of the text to express the structure of the Town government;
  • Revision of employee reporting structures to standardize employee hiring, goal setting, supervision, evaluation and discipline;
  • Amendment of the budget and warrant processes to facilitate distribution of information prior to Annual Town Meeting;
  • Incorporation of the Board of Cemetery Commissioners, Commissioners of Trust Funds, Board of Library Trustees and Department of Public Works into the Charter; and
  • Clarification of the process and timing of the decennial Charter Review.

No change is proposed to the election of any Town official.

This article #1 passed at Special Town Meeting in January, after several amendments. If this question fails at the ballot then the 2006 Charter will remain in effect. Read more…

Question 1 Charter May 2017 ATM Presentation


QUESTION 2: Shall the Town of Hopkinton vote to have its elected Constables become appointed Constables of the Town?

This related article #62 Failed at Town Meeting, Yes 36 No 66


QUESTION 3: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be required to reduce the amount of real estate and personal property taxes to be assessed for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand and seventeen by an amount equal to $1,500,000 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)?

An underride can be passed to limit additional funds for any municipal purpose. An underride permanently decreases the Town’s levy limit. It does not necessarily decrease taxes paid by residents. An underride question may be placed on the ballot by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen and must be passed by a majority of voters. 

Effects of Underride

Appropriations Committee had a tie vote of 2-2 on whether to recommend the Underride.

This article #16 passed at Town Meeting.


QUESTION 4: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to fund design and construction of traffic and pedestrian safety improvements on Hayden Rowe?

Slides from Town Meeting: Hayden Rowe Traffic Calming $1,050,000 Debt Exclusion

This article #24 passed at Town Meeting, 152 Yes to 20 No.


QUESTION 5: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to repair the HVAC system on the Main St. Fire Station roof?

Slide from Town Meeting: Fire Station Roof HVAC $525,000 Debt Exclusion

This article #20 passed at Town Meeting.


QUESTION 6: Shall the Town be authorized to prohibit, from all zoning districts within the Town, marijuana establishments as defined in Section 1(j) of Chapter 94G of the Massachusetts General Laws, including commercial marijuana cultivators, marijuana testing facilities, marijuana product manufacturers, marijuana retailers, and any other type of marijuana-related businesses, but excluding Registered Medical Marijuana Dispensaries as defined in Article XXXIII of the Zoning Bylaw?

This is a different than article #38 at Town Meeting. This question would be a full Prohibition, not a Temporary Moratorium.