• Malden,  November 21 2018

    Vote16 continues to gain ground

     By Barbara Taormina   Malden’s Vote16 initiative had another good night last week at a public meeting sponsored by the Citizens Engagement Committee. A small crowd of students and supporters who back the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 for municipal elections came out to share ideas and information on the proposal and the process of getting it passed on the local and state level. Notably absent at the meeting were opponents who feel 16-year-olds lack the knowledge and maturity to cast informed votes. The push for lowering the voting age began with members of the Malden Rising Leaders (MRL) Fellowship Program who spent last summer researching the…

  • November 9 2018,  Revere

    Candidates Baker, Rollins visit Revere polls early Tuesday

    By Tara Vocino Tuesday’s Election Day was said to have a bigger turnout than the most recent presidential election, and people came out to the polls early to wish Incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker and District Attorney candidate Rachael Rollins well – who both won – in Mayor Brian Arrigo’s hometown ward, Ward 6, at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. “We’re a great state with great people,” said Gov. Baker. “I feel that we’re heading in the right direction and building upon our success.” Baker said he grew up on the north shore and raised his family locally (Swampscott), adding that he has visited more than 200 cities and towns…

  • November 9 2018,  Saugus

    Saugus voters back Diehl, Gov. Baker

     By Mark E. Vogler   U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who might be popular enough to be considered a Democratic candidate for president in two years, won a second term easily on Tuesday. But Saugus voters are not among her biggest fans. Republican challenger Geoff Diehl beat Warren 5,847 to 4,804, according to Tuesday’s election results released by Town Clerk Ellen Schena’s office. Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai finished a distant third with 361 votes. More than 59 percent of the town’s registered voters turned out during a rainy election day – close to the 60 percent turnout that the clerk was expecting. The rest of the town’s voting results mirrored statewide…

  • November 9 2018,  Saugus

    Wong wins big

    Saugus Republican wins 66 percent of Saugus vote, on top in all precincts to notch 5th term at State House By Mark E. Vogler Even during the final week of a campaign that he was expected to win decisively, State Rep. Donald Wong worried about the possibility of voter turnout working against him – because supporters might assume that he didn’t need the votes. “If they already think I’m going to win, they might not show up,” the Saugus Republican told The Saugus Advocate in a preelection interview. “So, I’m need to keep campaigning so all of my supporters do show up,” Wong said. But not even Tuesday’s torrential rain…

  • November 9 2018,  Revere

    Baker, DeLeo, Rollins, Boncore win election

    By Tara Vocino Poll workers said they’ve never seen anything like it while reading over the results at City Hall late Tuesday night. “We had double lines out the door and around the building,” Ward 1, Precinct 3 Warden of 7 years Clara Lander said. “It was unbelievable how many new voters who weren’t on the list came in.” Poll worker of five years Barbara Saul, who was also serving the Recreation Center area, estimated that she and her team registered a quarter of new voters, up from 715 to 1,350 people. “We’re happy to serve them, but it was hectic,” Saul said. “We encourage residents not to wait until…

  • November 9 2018,  Peabody

    Speliotis slips by Mezzina in general election

     By Christopher Roberson   Longtime State Rep. Theodore Speliotis narrowly escaped defeat during the Nov. 6 general election, holding off challenger Mark Mezzina by 5.7 percent. In prior years, Speliotis has won reelection by an average of 14.4 percent. In Peabody, the results for the 13th Essex District showed that 2,792 of the city’s voters favored Mezzina compared to 2,538 for Speliotis. However, the race for governor was not nearly as close with Gov. Charlie Baker taking 66.9 percent of the state vote and challenger Jay Gonzalez taking 33 percent. In Peabody, 16,757 voters favored Baker while Gonzalez garnered 4,960 votes. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Elizabeth Warren emerged…

  • Malden,  November 9 2018

    A smooth election with a heavy turnout

     By Barbara Taormina   Malden came out to vote in a big way in this week’s state election. Citywide, 55 percent of registered voters made their way to the polls, and there were no glitches or problems this time around. Assistant Registrar of Voters Carol Ann Desiderio said everything went smoothly at all the polls. “There were no ballot issues,” she said. During the September primary election, three precincts ran out of ballots, and some residents had to wait in line for up to 35 minutes to vote. “We were really happy with the turnout,” said Desiderio, who pointed to Ward 3, Precinct 2, where 64 percent of registered voters…

  • Malden,  November 9 2018

    Letter to the Editor: State Senator Jason Lewis thanks supporters

    Letter to the Editor: State Senator Jason Lewis thanks supporters Thank you to all the voters who placed their trust in me to continue to serve as your State Senator. I am honored to represent you. Thank you to our amazing volunteers and student interns who enabled us to run a strong grassroots campaign. You made it possible for us to connect with tens of thousands of residents from all walks of life across our communities. Thank you for making countless phone calls, knocking on doors in sweltering heat and rain, donating money, hosting events, sending dear friend cards, holding signs, posting on social media, and selflessly contributing your time and…

  • Malden,  November 9 2018

    Election results show Malden’s true-blue color

    By Barbara Taormina   Although there were no big surprises among the results from this week’s election, Malden’s preliminary tallies reflected some small but unique twists and trends. In the races at the top of the ticket, Malden voted in various shades of blue. While 55 percent of local voters cast ballots for incumbent GOP Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Democratic challengers Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey won nearly 45 percent of the Malden vote. Statewide, Baker and Polito received close to 67 percent of the votes cast. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren coasted to a second term with 60 percent of the vote while GOP challenger Geoff…