As we look ahead to November’s elections, Newton Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in the city and region. Here are five local races that voters are already talking about:
Fourth Congressional District race - As one of the region's political hot spots, Newton is a focal point for this year's Fourth Congressional District race. Once Barney Frank , the names for interested candidates started pouring in. Now, it's been whittled down to (whose campaign office is in Newton Upper Falls), Newton Democrat , LaRouche Democrat , Brookline Republican , Fall River Republican and former Fourth District Challenger .
Brown vs. Warren - It started out as a race with many candidates (), but the U.S. Senate race has come down to just two names: Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown. The race is a close one, and any issue could turn the tide. Who do you plan to vote for? Make sure you submit to voice your support.
11th Middlesex District - Longtime Newton Rep. Kay Khan will face a Republican challenger this fall: Ward 3 Alderman-at-Large Greer Tan Swiston. Swiston with a six-mile run through the city of Newton. Khan, who has served the district since 1995, held her campaign kick-off Thurs., June 14 with Congressman Barney Frank.
10th Middlesex District - Former Watertown Town Councilor John Lawn took the seat in last year to replace former State Rep. Peter Koutoujian, now the Middlesex County Sheriff. Lawn faces Republican challenger .
District 3 Governor's Council - For a seat that rarely gets much attention, this year's Governor's Council race is a focus here in Newton with two candidates hailing from the Garden City. and will face incumbent Marilyn Devaney in the Sept. 6 Democratic Primary. Meanwhile, will run for the seat on the Independent ticket. There has been quite a bit of conversation with the candidates in Newton Patch's Local Voices blog section -- check it out!
The race for the White House - Although this is a nation-wide election, Newton will certainly play an important role in the 2012 presidential race. Both the and are extremely active in local, state and national races. During the New Hampshire Republican Primary, to help with various campaigns. And, back here in Newton, local Democrats .