Category Archives: Elections

6/5/17 ballot to fund the AHT

At the annual town meeting (ATM) we voted to create an Affordable Housing Trust and to fund it with $1m. by means of a bond.  Where that funding is a Proposition 2 1/2 override, it also needs to be approved by an election ballot.  That special election will be held on June 5, 2017, and this is the ballot.

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State Senate sets election – primary 9/19 & election 10/17

From the State House News, courtesy of John Nunnari –

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STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 4, 2017….The new Norfolk County treasurer, James Timilty, resigned from the Senate on Wednesday evening, and the Senate on Thursday set an Oct. 17 special election to elect a successor to the Walpole Democrat.

First elected to the Senate in 2004, Timilty accepted appointment to the county post in April when the former treasurer, Joseph Connolly, submitted his resignation. His resignation will leave his district without representation during this month’s expected debate on the fiscal 2018 Senate budget bill.

Timilty also co-chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and the Public Service Committee, leadership slots that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will need to fill.

Secretary of State William Galvin announced that the primary will be held Sept. 19, and the deadline for submitting nomination papers to local registrars of voters is Aug. 8.

The southeastern Massachusetts district includes Foxborough, Mansfield, Medfield, Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Walpole and portions of Attleboro and Sharon.

The district is one where a Republican candidate could have a shot at winning. With the exception of Medfield and Sharon, President Donald Trump gave Democrat Hillary Clinton a strong challenge throughout the Senate district last November. Trump defeated Clinton in the town of Rehoboth, and lost to Clinton in the district by 9,752 votes of nearly 89,437 cast. Clinton won the Senate district with 50.5 percent of the vote to Trump’s 39.6 percent.

According to the Sun Chronicle, Mansfield Republican Rep. Jay Barrows opted against a run and Rep. Steven Howitt of Seekonk is leaning against running.

On the Democratic side, legislative aide Ted Philips, of Sharon, and Paul Feeney, a Foxborough Democrat and lobbyist for an electrical workers union, are running. Former WBZ-TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve, a Medfield Democrat, is also getting in the race, according to the Sun Chronicle.

Voters in Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn and parts of Lexington are set to hold a July 25 special election to choose a senator to succeed the late Sen. Ken Donnelly, who was assistant majority leader in the Senate.

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05/04/2017

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Candidate Forum at 6:30PM on 3/16 at MHS

Get to know the candidates:

  1. At The Center at Medfield from 5-7 p.m., March 8, for the FOSI “Meet and Greet”
  2. Medfield.TV videos on each of the candidates at http://www.medfield.tv/video-on-demand.
  3. Candidate Forum in the MHS Lowell Mason Auditorium 6:30PM on March 16

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Medfield Candidate Forum is Thursday, March 16 – Community members are invited to submit questions

 

Between Board of Selectman, School Committee and Library Trustee, Medfield has three contested races for this year’s election – it might even be a record!

 

In an effort to help educate voters before heading to the polls on Monday, March 27, a Voters Services Committee has organized a Medfield Candidate Forum in the MHS Lowell Mason Auditorium on the evening of Thursday, March 16.

 

The forum, sponsored by Hometown Weekly, kicks off with a reception in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m. Through pre-submitted questions posed by moderator Richard DeSorgher, the Q&A portion will focus exclusively on the BOS and School Committee races. Library Trustee candidates will also be present, but will only present short prepared remarks. The evening is scheduled to end at about 8:30 p.m. Plans are also in development to provide attendees with information about the marijuana ballot question.

 

Anyone interested in submitting anonymous candidate questions for the forum can use this link:  http://www.hometownweekly.net/medfield/medfield-candidate-forum-seeks-questions/. Members of the Voters Services Committee, comprised of former Medfield League of Women Voter members and residents involved in civic affairs, will screen questions primarily for duplication and clarity.

 

All Medfield residents are encouraged not only to attend the Forum on March 16, but to also stop into the Center at Medfield from 5-7 p.m., March 8, for the FOSI “Meet and Greet” with all candidates. http://patch.com/massachusetts/medfield/fosi-hosting-candidate-meet-greet.

 

Medfield.TV and MHS students have also created videos on each of the candidates that you can find here:  http://www.medfield.tv/video-on-demand.

 

Get ready for a busy election season!

ATM warrant articles

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At our selectmen meeting last night, Mike Sullivan shared his latest draft of the current forty-four annual town meeting (ATM) warrant articles.  I scanned and attached it –  20170221-warrant-articles

The town administration, the Warrant Committee, and the Board of Selectmen are still working through the warrant articles to refine what gets presented to the ATM.  Mike reported that the school budget is now down to a 4.9% increase, which will require an override vote, which would be held after the ATM.  Currently additional articles that will require overrides are implementing advanced life support (ALS) and funding of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund with the suggested $1m.

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3/27 election ballot

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Town election 3/27

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Register to Vote DEADLINE (from Town Clerk, as supplemented by Colleen Sullivan)

If you are not already registered to vote in Medfield, the last day to register is Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Special Town Clerk Office Hours (8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) available on March 7th ONLY.

Regular hours for Town Clerk’s office are: Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

There are contested races for selectman, school committee and library trustee.  There is no candidate on the ballot for the open assessor position.

Time to pull papers to run

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Town Election 3/27

Nomination papers are now available in the Town Clerk’s office for anyone wishing to run for office. 50 valid signatures of registered voters are needed. Papers are due back to the Town Clerk by Monday, Feb 6th.

There is an open seats on the Board of Selectmen, as Mark Fisher has opted not to run.