Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Don't miss out on voting in primary election.
The lights will be on late at the Belmont Town Clerk's office in Town Hall. All voters – whether they live in Belmont or any other municipalities in Massachusetts – will have until 8 p.m. to register to vote in the April 30 party primary of the special US Senate election is Wednesday, April 10. If you happen to be in Belmont and don't think you can make it back to your home town in time to register, you can do so at the Town Clerk's office – the time-stamped document will be forwarded to the correct town or city office. The general election will be held to replace John Kerry on June 25. In addition, you can register at a number of state agencies, including the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Transitional Assistance, …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Belmont's state senator shows fundraising strength for run for 5th district if Markey wins special US Senate primary race this month.
In the first show of political muscle in a wide open race to replace Ed Markey, Belmont resident and State Sen. Will Brownsberger is showing every potential challenger he knows how to lift some serious fund-raising weight. On April 15, the "Will Brownsberger for Congress" campaign will report raising $256,462.20 in February and March of this year, according to his campaign. So far, the attorney has spent less than $10,000 in the first quarter of 2013. “I am very grateful for, and heartened by, the outpouring of support my campaign has received thus far," said Brownsberger. Brownsberger's total is approximately $100,000 more than State Rep. Carl Sciortino, the House member from Medford and Somerville and favorite of some Democratic …
The primary to replace John Kerry is April 30, but the final day to register is tomorrow.
Didn't we just have an election? The registration deadline for the second of potentially five elections in Belmont this year is fast approaching as the last day to register to vote in the April 30 party primary of the special US Senate election is Wednesday, April 10. The general election will be held to replace John Kerry on June 25. You can register in person at the Town Clerk's Office at Belmont Town Hall. In addition, you can register at a number of state agencies, including the Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Transitional Assistance, according to the Secretary of State's Website. The Town Clerk's office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) dropped a bombshell on Thursday night when he told reporters following a speech in Nashua, N.H., that he wouldn't rule out a run for Senate in New Hampshire. "I'm not going to rule out anything right now," he said. Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2009 to 2012, owns a vacation home in Rye, N.H., so it's not that far-fetched. His announcement drew an immediate response from Democrats, who flooded the Twitterverse with comments and jokes about the former Massachusetts Senator's prospects should he choose to take on incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. What do you think? Should Scott Brown run for Senate in New Hampshire in 2014? Or should he stay in Massachusetts? Tell us in the …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
A look back at what happened over the past week in the U.S. Senate race.
It was a very busy week in the race for U.S. Senate. Things started to get heated as the candidates continue to race toward the April 30 primaries. We saw candidates lashing out at party backing, another facing an ethics complaint, new poll numbers, and more. Let’s start with the Democrats this week. Democratic candidates Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) will face off in a second debate Monday night in Lowell. If the news of the past week is any indication, it should make for an interesting back and forth between the candidates. Lynch took aim at his party leaders last week for supporting Markey. Lynch told the Boston Herald that the Democratic leaders haven’t been fair and told them that he thinks they’ve done …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Unlike some states where a tie can be broken by a roll of the dice or a game of Texas Hold-em, Town Meeting members will decide who takes the 12th seat in the Fifth.
They counted the votes at Belmont's Town Clerk's Office and the final tally from the Belmont Town Election this past Tuesday is official. And while one of the interesting results from the April 2 election was the tie between top vote getters, Elyse Shuster and Laurie Slap, in the Belmont School Committee race, it turns out that it was not the only race where an equal number of voters cast their ballots for two candidates. But what was interesting in the tie between Fifth Precinct Town Meeting candidates Andrea Serra-Masciari and Matthew Sullivan was it was for the 12th and final seat on the town's legislative body. While not unusual, a tie in elected contests are resolved differently from state-to-state and from community-to-community. A …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Elyse Shuster elected to fill the seat once held by Dan Scharfman.
The celebration at Comella's Restaurant on Leonard Street on Tuesday night, April 2 included pizza, beer and a winning smile on Elyse Shuster's face. The first-time town-wide candidate not only won a seat on the Belmont School Committee but received the exact number of votes as incumbent Laurie Slap, 1,539, in the annual Belmont Town Election. "It's a funny coincidence that our numbers were the same since Laurie [Slap's] numbers were really close in each precinct," said Shuster, who will take the seat occupied by Dan Scharfman who died in January. The 17-year Belmont resident and mother of three daughters, all who have or are attending Belmont public schools, Shuster said she feels very proud to equal Slap's vote count because "she's an …
The unofficial tally for all races including town-wide office and Town Meeting Representative.
The unofficial results from yesterday's Belmont Town Election have been tabulated by the Town Clerk's office. A pdf file of the results can be seen and downloaded from this Web page. A hair under 2,500 voters – 2,499 in fact – of Belmont's 17,824 registered voters cast ballots on April 2. That is a 14 percent turnout. In the only competitive town-wide race, challenger Elyse Shuster and incumbent Laurie Slap tied in number of votes with 1,594 votes or 38.5 percent, beating back a strong challenge by 21-year-old Jamie Kang, a Belmont High School graduate and MIT senior, who was third with 947 votes. And it wasn't to be for 18-year-old Belmont High School senior Chris Van Winkle who lost his battle for a one-year Town Meeting seat in …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Town voters select incumbent and school volunteer to town office.
First-time candidate Elyse Shuster and incumbent Laurie Slap could not be separated as they beat out a very competitive 21-year-old Jamie Kang to fill the two open seats on the Belmont School Committee at Belmont annual Town Election, Tuesday, April 2. The unofficial results from the town's eight precincts had Slap and Shuster each receiving 1,594 votes or 38.5 percent of the vote. Kang, a Belmont High School graduate and MIT senior, was third with 947 votes.
Polls are open until 8 p.m. at all eight polling sites.
In November of last year, the line never stopped long enough for poll workers to have lunch at Precinct 4 as about 940 voters had cast their ballots by 3 p.m. at the Butler School in Waverley Square. Around the same time of day today, the only line around the Butler were of children being released from school as the 4th Precinct just nudged beyond three digits with 102 ballots cast in the Belmont Town Election. Where more than a thousand had voted in the General Election five months ago midway through the day at nearly all the polling sites, Belmont voters enthusiasm has been as cold as the weather – blustery winds making the 40 degree temperature feel well below freezing – with only a single competitive town-wide race (for School …