Thursday, April 25, 2013
We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts.
Patch editors interviewed each of the candidates running for U.S. Senate in the April 30 special election. We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts. The editors asked both broad questions about policy, as well as opinions on more local, regional issues. Click on the links below to read the questions and answers with each candidate… Stephen Lynch Edward Markey Brett Rhyne (write-in candidate) Gabriel Gomez Michael Sullivan Daniel Winslow
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The former Planning Board member was the first to pull papers for one of the two new seats residents will vote on at Special Town Election on June 25.
When it comes to being involved in town government, it would be hard to find many Sudbury residents as involved as Eric Poch. The 18-year resident and father of three is, or has been on, the: On Friday, April 12, he decided to try and add another title to his impressive resume when he pulled papers for one of the two new seats for the Board of Selectmen. "It's time for some leadership and some upward management," he said when asked why he would run for selectman. "The Board of Selectmen is a tough spot that requires leadership and self motivation. It's a thankless job with no pay and not much authority in terms of absolute decision making. But it still needs to be the voice of reason for the town." The Board's voice became mostly silent …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sudbury voted for Elizabeth Warren and owns more hybrid cars than the state average.
Sudbury is green and blue: That’s what we found when we compared data from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vote in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. You can see the results in the map above: Large circles suggest towns with more hybrid ownership per capita, and the red/blue color suggests which way those towns voted last year. In Sudbury, 33.2 of every 1,000 vehicles is a hybrid, compared to the state average of 18. Patch’s research suggests the state has a good number of what might be called “green Republican” communities. More than 40 percent of the communities where Republican Scott Brown carried the vote have an above average numbers of hybrids. The data is a nice rebuttal to the national trends of hybrid/GOP separation: …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A look back at what happened over the past week in the U.S. Senate race.
Just a little more than two weeks until the primary election to see which Democrat and Republican will go head to head to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State. Monday night, U.S. Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) met in their second debate which contained few fireworks. The debate, held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and sponsored by the college and the Boston Herald, lasted about 45 minutes and touched on a variety of issues, on which the two Democrats mostly agreed. On Wednesday night, it was the Republicans’ turn as they went face to face in the WBZ-TV studios moderated by the station’s Jon Keller. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Residents will hit the polls on June 25 to fill the newly created positions on the Board.
The Town of Sudbury has officially begun preparing for Special Town Election, to be held on June 25, which will ask voters to fill two new seats on the Board of Selectmen. The current three-person Board unanimously supported holding a special election at its Tuesday meeting. For months Chairman Larry O'Brien and Selectman John Drobinski had balked at the idea. But after two overwhelming votes in support of the change at Special Town Meeting in September and Annual Town Election in March, the two long-standing Board members finally agreed to support the addition. Nomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s office. Interested candidates must file their intentions and take out nomination papers on or before Friday, May 3, and return …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
If you want to vote in the April 30 U.S. senate primary, today is the voter registration deadline.
The April 30 U.S. senate primary is less than three weeks away. If you want to vote in that primary, however, the registration deadline is today, April 10. You can register to vote by going to the town clerk's office at Sudbury Town Hall. Or, you can register to vote at a number of state agencies, including the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Transitional Assistance, according to the Secretary of State's Website. If you want to register to vote by mail, your application must be postmarked April 10. You can download a form online and mail it in to the Elections Division. If you moved recently to a new town, you must re-register to vote in that town at your new address. If you moved within the same town, just let the local …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Vote to fill the seats will take place on June 25 with the U.S. Senate ballot.
Sudbury Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell said it was possible, and so the Board of Selectmen said, 'OK.' After months of resistance from the Board, a successful vote at Special Town Meeting in September, and a successful ballot vote in March that was forced by the State Legislature, Sudbury residents are now meer weeks away from filling two new seats. The Board unanimously approved the Special Town Election which will coincide with the June 25 election to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat. "What will happen is we would incure the cost of the election," Harvell said. "The state would then only pay for additional costs above our cost. I don’t know if it will happen." Check back Wednesday for a full report.
Candidates for U.S. Senate Democratic nomination squared off in Lowell Monday.
U.S. Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey met in their second debate Monday ahead of the Democratic U.S. Senate special primary in a contest that contained few fireworks outside of an exchange on health care. The debate, held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and sponsored by the college and the Boston Herald, lasted about 45 minutes and touched on a variety of issues on which the two Democrats mostly agreed. An early question was asked about the candidates' positions on the Affordable Care Act. Markey (D-Malden) voted in favor of the bill that passed in 2010 while Lynch (D-South Boston) was one of few Democrats who opposed it. Markey said voting for the bill was the "proudest vote of my Congressional career." He said there …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Sudbury resident will present the signatures Tuesday during the Board of Selectmen meeting if the Board does not support putting the vote to ballot in June.
It's all a formality now. The signatures have been gathered. The Town of Sudbury doesn't need the Board of Selectmen's approval to add a special election of two new board members to the June election, although no resistance is the hoped-for outcome. Resident Michael Troiano, who spearheaded the effort to increase the Board of Selectmen to five members, announced on the OneSudbury Facebook page residents have collected enough signatures to put the vote on the June ballot. "We just crossed the 1200 line, with a margin for error and duplicates," he wrote. The Selectmen plan to discuss the issue Tuesday night, as stated below: (Agenda item) 17. Vote: Question of determining the date of a Special Town Election to be called by the Board of …
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Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) dropped a bombshell on Thursday night when he told reporters following a speech in Nashua, N.H., that he wouldn't rule out a run for Senate in New Hampshire. "I'm not going to rule out anything right now," he said. Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2009 to 2012, owns a vacation home in Rye, N.H., so it's not that far-fetched. His announcement drew an immediate response from Democrats, who flooded the Twitterverse with comments and jokes about the former Massachusetts Senator's prospects should he choose to take on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. What do you think? Should Scott Brown run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2014? Or should he stay in Massachusetts? Tell us in the …