Category Archives: Elections


Ballot for 3/26 town election



Election ballot summary issued


The election ballot summary (below) was issued today by the Town Clerk.  Nomination papers were due yesterday.
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2018
For MODERATOR (vote for one) (one year)
Scott McDermott, 17 Knollwood Rd.
Candidate for re-election
For TOWN CLERK (vote for one) (three years)
Carol Mayer, 88 West St.
Candidate for re-election
For SELECTMEN (vote for one) (three years)
Osler Peterson, 10 Copperwood Rd.
Candidate for re-election
For ASSESSORS (vote for one) (three years)
Thomas V. Sweeney, 61 North St.
Candidate for re-election
For SCHOOL COMMITTEE (vote for one) (three years)
Maryanne Sullivan, 5 Pondview Ave.
Candidate for re-election
Leo G. Brehm, 249 South St.
For LIBRARY TRUSTEE (vote for not more than two) (three years)
Maura Y. McNicholas, 64 Orchard St.
Candidate for re-election
Jean Todesca, 122 Causeway St.
For PLANNING BOARD (vote for One) (five years)
Gregory C. Sullivan, 122 Green St.
Candidate for re-election
For PARK COMMISSIONERS (vote for one) (three years)
Robert S. Tatro, 12 West St.
Candidate for re-election
For TRUST FUND COMMISSIONER (vote for one) (three years)
For TRUST FUND COMMISSIONER (vote for one) (two years)
Paul D. Hogan, 88 Adams St.


May I have your vote?


To my fellow Medfield residents,

This morning in turned in my nomination papers to become a candidate for re-election as selectman on March 26, 2018.  I ask for your vote.

Below I have outlined what I have been doing to earn your vote:

  • Information – Promoted dissemination and sharing of Medfield town information, and town government transparency. Initiated for the Board of Selectmen – agendas available on-line before meetings, meeting minutes posted on-line shortly after, and the recordings of meetings available on-line. Established a predictable BoS schedule, with meetings on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, and the use of an annual calendar.
  • Information sharing – Actively taking time to write about and share with residents the town information I learn as a selectman via posts at my:
  • Administered Medfield – As one of the titular chief executives of the town, I have actively informed myself about the issues the town faces, attended the meetings, set the town’s policies and priorities, and made the actual decisions required to run the town based on a thoughtful and unbiased analysis.
  • Explored new ideas – I have actively brought up new ideas to improve Medfield, such as:
    • The Town House e-newsletter that would have been put out for the town on a volunteer basis by the former 15 year managing editor of the Boston Globe.
    • Upgrading the ambulance services from EMT to paramedic services.
    • Implementing methods to avoid unfriendly 40B developments; doing an affordable housing plan; expansion of Tilden Village; converting existing housing stock to affordable housing; building on town owned land; spearheaded 40B informational meeting; gathered advance information on The Parc developer; assisted town response to the 200 unit Mega-B and achieving safe harbor.
    • Questioned whether the proper case had been made for the DPW garage.
    • Supported adoption of the Community Preservation Act, so as to get the state matching monies.
    • On-line town budgets, five year department capital budget s and planning.
    • Advocated for the formation of the Charter and Bylaw Review Committee that codified all town bylaws.
  • Medfield Energy Committee – Initiated formation the Medfield Energy Committee. The MEC has reduced the town’s energy consumption by 30%, both saving the town money and improving town’s carbon footprint. The schools alone are saving about $180,000 per year, the cost of three teacher positions.
  • Lyme Disease Study Committee – Initiated formation of committee, which successfully educates the public on tick born diseases, and reduces tick numbers by culling deer – makes the town safer and our woods more diverse – committee labeled a paradigm by state officials.
  • Medfield Foundation – Initiated the formation of the Medfield Foundation, which has raised over $1.8 m. in private monies for many public purposes in Medfield, and is now raising an endowment, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund.
  • Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards – Initiated honoring Medfield’s extraordinary volunteers via the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards recognition reception and awards – over one hundred residents honored over ten years.
  • Medfield State Hospital – Actively studied and negotiated the purchase and reuse possibilities for the Medfield State Hospital site. Monitored the state’s environmental clean up of the site and advocated for the most complete clean up.
  • Bay Colony Rail Trail – Early participant advocating for creation of this seven mile bike trail from Medfield to Newton.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.



I started my re-election campaign this morning by pulling the nomination papers.  More soon –

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State Senate election today

I want you

State Senate election today

Only about 150 voters by 8:20.

Election coverage

Senate hopefuls bring in big names for last campaign stops

 senator warren

ATTLEBORO — With voter turnout expected to be on the low side for a special Senate election Tuesday, both parties brought out their big names over the weekend to push people to the polls.

The independent candidate in the district, Joe Shortsleeve of Medfield, doesn’t have a party to back him, so he relied on “flash mob” events across the district to gin up interest in the race.

Democrat Paul Feeney of Foxboro got help from a steady stream of party leaders, including U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Republican Jacob Ventura, who was endorsed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, campaigned with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and party officials in Walpole Sunday.

Various turnout predictions say only about 15 percent of registered voters in the Bristol and Norfolk District will cast ballots Tuesday in the special election to replace former Sen. James Timilty, who resigned.

That means the election could be decided by only the most loyal of partisan voters.

Ventura and Feeney want as many of those loyalists from their party to turn out and used big-name leaders to motivate the base.

Shortsleeve, meanwhile, needs to attract independents and disaffected party members to the polls in a district that is 60 percent independent, or unenrolled.

“All I’ve got is the people. I don’t have a party,” Shortsleeve said.

Feeney most definitely has a party — the Democratic Party — and its leaders have gone all out for him.

Kennedy campaigned Friday, Markey on Saturday and Warren on Sunday.

Warren came to American Legion Post 312 in South Attleboro Sunday and told about 50 campaign volunteers that special elections are “tricky. It’s all going to be about turnout.”

She urged the volunteers to knock on as many doors as possible between now and Tuesday to get Feeney supporters to the polls.

Feeney, she said, has dedicated his life to helping working class families and they share the same middle class values.

She said Feeney is a clear alternative to the two other candidates who support President Donald Trump and his policies favoring “the thin slice at the top.”

Feeney said his concern for working people is reflected in his issues of improving health care, establishing a $15 minimum wage, and providing equal pay for equal work by women.

Ventura and Polito spent Sunday evening walking down Red Gate Road in Walpole, knocking on doors and encouraging citizens to vote in the election.

“Walpole is a very important town in this district and we’re trying to win it,” Ventura said. “I’ve been in almost every neighborhood in this town meeting with voters.”

Polito said thanks to his background, Ventura is an ideal candidate.

“He’s worked in the private sector and understands those interests,” she said. “To have his leadership when it comes to balancing budgets with fiscal discipline while being responsible is something that Governor Baker and I value.”

Shortsleeve said he and a band of supporters drove around the district over the weekend, holding “flash mob” events.

Word would be sent out on social media about where to meet up and supporters would show up at places with signs and wave to passing motorists.

“A whole bunch of people would just show up all at once,” he said, adding it was a high-energy event.

The special election involves a district that includes half of Attleboro, part of Sharon and all of Seekonk, Rehoboth, Norton, Mansfield, Foxboro, Walpole and Medfield.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitic

ELECTION tomorrow


State Senate Election is Tomorrow

Running are:

  • Republican is Jacob Ventura
  • Independent is Joe Shortsleeve
  • Democrat is Paul Feeney