There hasn’t been much attention paid to the state primary. So, you may not be aware that the polls are open this Thursday from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm.
It looks like there’s only one contest in our district, and that’s on the Democratic ballot. But judging by what I found online, eligible voters may want to take the time to vote.
Democrats (and interested Unenrolled* voters) will be asked to choose one candidate to serve as Councillor for the Third District. Since no one is running for the seat on other ballots, the winner in the primary is essentially the winner in the election.
I wasn’t sure what the Councillor’s job was, so I looked it up. The state website explains the importance of the role:
The Massachusetts Governor’s Council, also known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts, and the Lieutenant Governor who serves ex officio. The eight councillors are elected from their respective districts every two years. The Council meets weekly to record advice and consent on warrants for the state treasury, pardons and commutations, and recording advice and consent to gubernatorial appointments such as judges, clerk-magistrates, public administrators, members of the Parole Board, Appellate Tax Board, Industrial Accident Board and, notaries, and justices of the peace.
Running for the seat are incumbent Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, Peter Georgiou of Lincoln, and William Bishop Humphrey of Newton. In searching for their campaign pages, I came across this noteworthy story from the Boston Globe:
Because the council is charged with considering the demeanor and temperament of potential judges, critics like to point out blemishes on councilors’ records as well as inflammatory behavior .
Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney, for example, has been cited multiple times for driving an unregistered vehicle and received probation after an alleged altercation with a clerk. Devaney, who frequently challenges nominees on their history of political contributions, has twice drawn scrutiny for claims she failed to properly report campaign loans. (read more)
Also on the Democratic ballot, running unopposed for renomination are U.S. Representative Katherine Clark, State Senator James Eldridge, and State Representative Carolyn Dykema.
Of the three, only Eldridge will be challenged in the general. Ted Busiek of Littleton is on the Republican ballot as their sole candidate for state senator.
The only other candidate on the Republican ballot is Worcester County Sherriff Lewis G. Evangelidi. The sheriff is unopposed both for renomination and reelection.
No names are listed for any seats on the ballots for the Green-Rainbow Party or United Independent*. (And there is no ballot for Libertarians in this primary.)
*Registered voters who haven’t affiliated with a party are referred to as Unenrolled. (In Southborough, that’s about 60% of the voter rolls.) In Massachusetts, those voters are given the option of which ballot to vote on. Voters registered as “Independent” are restricted to voting on the United Independent party’s ballot.