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Tuesday’s state election candidates and ballot questions previewed

By Tara Vocino

 

Election Commissioner Diane Colella released the official Nov. 6 state election specimen ballot to The Revere Advocate inside City Hall on Monday night.

Incumbent Cambridge resident Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, is vying for a spot against Whitman resident Geoff Diehl, a Republican, and Belmont resident Shiva Ayyaduri, an Independent, for Senator-in-Congress.

Incumbent Swampscott resident Charlie Baker and Shrewsbury resident Karyn Polito, both Republicans, are running against Needham resident Jay Gonzalez and Weston resident Quentin Palfrey, who are Democrats, for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Incumbent Boston resident Maura Healey, a Democrat, is running for reelection against Republican candidate James McMahon III, of Bourne, for Attorney General.

Incumbent Boston resident William Francis Galvin, a Democrat, is running against Swampscott resident Anthony Amore, a Republican, and Holyoke resident Juan Sanchez Jr., of the Green-Rainbow Party, for Secretary of State.

Incumbent Brookline resident Deborah Goldberg, a Democrat, is running against Lakeville resident Keiko Orrall, a Republican, and Northampton resident Jamie Guerin, of the Green-Rainbow Party, for Treasurer.

Incumbent Easton resident Suzanne Bump, a Democrat, is vying against Concord resident Helen Brady, a Republican; Beverly resident Daniel Fisherman, a Libertarian; and Northampton resident Edward Stamas, of the Green-Rainbow party, for Auditor.

Incumbent Melrose resident Katherine Clark, a Democrat, is competing against Woburn resident John Hugo, a Republican, for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (5th District of Massachusetts).

Incumbent Lynnfield resident Terrence Kennedy, a Democrat, is hoping to beat Winchester resident Vincent Lawrence Dixon, Unenrolled, for Governor’s Councillor.

As far as uncontested races, Incumbent Winthrop resident Joseph Boncore, a Democrat, is running uncontested for Senator-in-General Court. Incumbent Winthrop resident Robert DeLeo, a Democrat, is also running uncontested, for Representative-in-General-Court. Incumbent Boston resident Maura Doyle, a Democrat, is running uncontested for Clerk of Supreme Judicial Court. Incumbent Boston resident Michael Joseph Donovan is running uncontested for Clerk of Superior Court (Civil Business) while Boston resident Maura Hennigan, also a Democrat, is running uncontested for Clerk of Superior Court (Criminal Business).

Incumbent Revere resident RoseLee Vincent, of 350 Revere Beach Blvd., a Democrat, is seeking reelection as Representative-in-General Court to serve in the 16th Suffolk District.

Boston resident Rachael Rollins, a Democrat, is hoping to beat Boston resident Michael Maloney, an Independent, for District Attorney.

Incumbent Boston resident Stephen Murphy, a Democrat, is hoping to win against Boston resident Gabriela Mendoza, who is Unenrolled, for Register of Deeds.

As far as ballot questions go for Vincent’s ballot for residents in Ward 1, Precinct 3; Ward 3, Precinct 1; Ward 4; Ward 5, Precincts 1, 1A, 2, 2A; and Ward 6, a yes vote to Question 1 would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to one registered nurse in hospitals and certain other healthcare facilities, according to Colella. A no vote wouldn’t make a change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits, according to the specimen ballot. Question 1 has generated much discussion on social media and during council meetings.

For Question 2, a yes vote would create a citizens’ commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations don’t have the same rights as human beings. A no vote would not create this commission.

A yes vote on Question 3 would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. A no vote would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law. This Question has also been heavily talked about on social media.

DeLeo’s ballot has the same above three Questions with two additional ones for residents in Ward 1, Precincts 1 and 2; Ward 2; Ward 3, Precincts 2 and 3; and Ward 5, Precinct 3, according to Colella.

Question 4 asks if the state representative from this district shall be instructed to vote in favor of the Global Warming Solutions Implementation Act, which would require the state to create a clean energy roadmap for meeting the 2050 emissions limits, which were set by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, including detailed modeling and analysis, interim- and sector-specific emissions limits, and market-based compliance mechanisms.

And finally, Question 5 asks if the state representative from this district should be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would repeal the $45,000 increase in annual compensation for the Speaker of the House of Representatives enacted in House No. 58 by the 190th General Court; prohibit elected officials and their senior staff from engaging in any lobbying activity for five years once they leave office; and enact a rule that no member shall hold, for more than eight consecutive years, the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

  Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com.

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