Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Just 25 percent of the registered voters in the city turned out for yesterday's special Senate primary.
Falling in line with the rest of Massachusetts, Newton voters supported U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-5th) and Former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in yesterday's special Senate primary election. Here in the Garden City, Markey handily defeated U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-8th), taking 85 percent of Newton votes in the Democratic primary, according to the Newton Election Commission's unofficial results. Meanwhile, Gomez took 54.5 percent of Newton votes in the Republican primary, defeating former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk). Overall, the unofficial results show that 25 percent of Newton voters made it to the polls yesterday, or 13,731 voters of a total 55,409 registered in the city. Gomez and Markey …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Today is the special state primary for the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by John Kerry. Polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Massachusetts voters will head to the polls today for a special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry. Today's primary election will include a race for both the Democrats and Republicans: The winners in today's primaries will go head-to-head in the June 25 special Senate election. Below is a guide to today's special primary election, with all that you need to know before heading out to the polls: Patch interviewed all six candidates running in the Senate race. Check out Q&As with the candidates here. Check out this page to read Patch coverage on the special Senate election. Wondering what the ballots will look like? .PDF files for both the Democratic and Republican ballots are …
Alderman-at-large candidates must return nomination papers with at least 150 signatures, per the city charter.
With just one week left to return signatures, just person has pulled nomination papers for the Ward 1 alderman-at-large special election on June 25. As of Monday afternoon, April 29, the Newton Election Commission confirmed Alderman Scott Lennon was the only candidate to pull papers so far. The deadline to return the nomination papers with the required 150 voter signatures is next Tuesday, May 7. Lennon is currently the Ward 1 alderman and president of the Board of Aldermen. He announced in February his candidacy for the alderman-at-large seat. The Ward 1 special election is being held to fill the alderman-at-large seat left vacant following the death of Alderman Carleton Merrill. The special election will piggyback on the state's special…
A blood drive, a parenting lecture and the special Senate primary.
1. Special Senate primary. Today is the special primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. There will be both a Democratic and Republican primary today and the two winners will go head-to-head in the June 25 special election. Check out our Newton Election Guide for everything you need to know before heading out to the polls today. Remember, polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. 2. Blood drive. The American Red Cross will host a community blood drive today at the Newton Health Care Center, 2101 Washington St. The blood drive will be held from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.com. 3. "Stress and Resilience in Children." The Jackson-Walnut Park Schools…
Friday, April 12, 2013
Considering public office? Helping someone run for office? Interested in how local campaigns work? The League of Women Voters of Newton and the Newton Election Commission will host a forum on running for office.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Newton voters will head to the polls a total of five times in 2013.
After several debates on whether to actually hold the election, the Newton Board of Aldermen Monday night approved the date for a special election to fill the vacant Ward 1 alderman-at-large seat. The special election will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, and will piggyback on the special Senate election held the same day. Because it is an at-large seat, the special election will be held citywide. Ward 4 Alderman-at-Large Lenny Gentile, who has argued against holding the special election, urged his colleagues Monday night to reconsider the Election Commission's recommendation to skip the special election. "As the chairman of [the Finance Committee] and as a taxpayer, I do not think this is a wise way of spending taxpayer dollars," Gentile …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A few pieces of quick-hit information from yesterday's special election in Newton.
Newton voters passed Mayor Setti Warren's $11.4 million override yesterday, approving of three separate tax override questions. The three override questions that were decided in Tuesday's special municipal election included an $8.4 million operating override and two debt exclusion overrides for the rebuilding of Angier and Cabot elementary schools. Now that the numbers are in, here are a few items of note from yesterday's election: Information provided by the Newton Election Commission unofficial election results. A copy of the results is included in the .pdf section above. Related stories:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The board will now discuss and vote on whether to piggyback the Ward 1 special election with the special Senate election on June 25.
Updated 10:35 a.m. The Newton Board of Aldermen has turned down a request to delay the election to fill the vacant Ward 1 alderman-at-large seat. Instead, the board will now consider holding a Ward 1 alderman-at-large special election in conjunction with the June 25 special Senate election. "We've done this before and we can do it again," said Ward 3 Alderman-at-Large Ted Hess-Mahan. "[A special election] is not an unreasonable burden, particularly when it involves the right to vote." The Ward 1 at-large seat was vacated last month following the death of Alderman Carleton Merrill, who passed away on Jan. 23 at the age of 88. At its Tuesday night meeting, the board voted 12-10 against delaying the election. The request, proposed by the …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Information on voter registration and absentee ballot applications for the March 12 special override election.
There is just a month left before Newton voters will head to the polls to decide whether to support Mayor Setti Warren's proposed $11.4 million override package. Voters will consider three questions on Tuesday, March 12, including an $8.4 million operating override and two debt exclusion overrides for the rebuilding of Angier and Cabot elementary schools. As time ticks down to the special election, so does the time to register to vote. But when is the deadline? According to information provided by the Newton League of Women Voters, residents must register by Wednesday, Feb. 20. The Newton Election Commission will be open until 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 to accommodate any last-minute registrations. Absentee ballot applications are due by noon …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Board of Aldermen will have to send a petition to the state legislature requesting the city forego a special election for the seat.
The Newton Election Commission decided Friday afternoon not to move forward with a special election for the vacant Ward 1 alderman-at-large seat and instead, wait until the general municipal election in November to fill the spot on the Newton Board of Aldermen. Interim Election Commission Executive Secretary Peter Koutoujian Sr. told Newton Patch that the election commissioners have docketed an item recommending the Board of Aldermen vote to forego the special election, which will require the board to petition the state legislature. The Ward 1 at-large seat was vacated late last month after the death of Alderman Carleton Merrill, who passed away on Jan. 23 at the age of 88. Last week, Koutoujian told Newton Patch the potential special …