Friday, May 10, 2013
Belmont resident seen as one of the frontrunners in race to replace Markey in the Fifth Congressional district.
The race for the US Senate is only just getting started but for Belmont's own Will Brownsberger, it's never too early to start thinking about the future. Even before US Rep. Edward Markey has won election to the US Senate in the special election later in June to replace John Kerry, Brownsberger has decided to get a jump on what is expected to be a crowded field of candidates who will be running to fill the open seat in the Fifth Congressional district. In his most public step in that direction, Brownsberger will be celebrating the opening of his campaign headquarters, located at 334 Trapelo Rd. in Belmont's Central Square today, Friday, May 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Brownsberger is seen as one of the front runners to take over for Markey …
Belmont's representative leads Republican challenger by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Representative Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. Other polls are showing a much closer race between the candidates, several within single digits. If Markey does win the election, Belmont's state senator Will Brownsberger will be one of the leading candidates to fill the Fifth Congressional District seat. …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
There is a lot of campaigning to do before the Democrat and Republican face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head-to-head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month-and-a-half of campaigning still to come, we wanted to stop and ask: if the special election was held today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Unofficial results from the special state primary election on April 30.
It wasn't close in Belmont as the town's US Representative Ed Markey won the hearts of three of every four Democratic voter in town to defeat challenger and fellow US Rep. Stephen Lynch in the Special State Primary for the vacant US Senate race Tuesday, April 30, according to the Town Clerks' Office. It was a surprisingly active election with nearly 27 percent of registered party and unenrolled voters taking out ballots. Markey tallied 2,996 votes to Lynch's 911. Belmont's support was more than the 56 percent in the state that Markey captured to become the Democratic candidate for the race to replace John Kerry in the senate. Over on the Republican side, the fresh new political face of private equity manager and former Navy SEAL and pilot …
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 25 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
A political newcomer will face a long-time Massachusetts politician in the race to be the Bay State's next U.S. senator. The Associated Press has declared Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden the winners of their U.S. Senate special primary elections, according to tweets from Fox 25. The call for Gomez came approximately one hour after the polls closed in the statewide primary while a call for Markey came moments later. Gomez defeats his more seasoned opponents, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington and state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. Markey beat fellow U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran an …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
But not every registered voter will be able to cast a ballot today. Read on who can and can't vote.
Today, Tuesday, April 30, most, but not all, Belmont voters will have the opportunity to cast ballots in party primaries to select the candidates who will meet in the Special Election Who can vote This is a political party primary which limits the election to those registered party voters. In Massachusetts, the three parties are the Democrat, Republican or Green. Independents (but not members of the Independent Party) and unenrolled voters can vote by asking for one of the three ballots. But any one registered as a member of a minor party – the Pirate Party, for example – will not be allowed to take out a ballot. Time Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Transportation to the polls The League of Women Voters of Belmont is …
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
Monday, April 15, 2013
Belmont voted for Elizabeth Warren and owns more hybrid cars than the state average.
Belmont 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 Belmont, 32.3 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, …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Candidates for U.S. Senate Democratic nomination squared off in Lowell Monday.
U.S. Representatives 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 a wide 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 …