[personal profile] ron_newman

The city of Somerville will hold a preliminary election on Tuesday, September 19, because three candidates are running for Mayor. The preliminary election will eliminate the candidate with the lowest vote, with the remaining two facing off in the November 7 general election. The candidates:

There is also a preliminary election on September 19 for Ward 1 School Committee, because three candidates are running for an open seat there: Emily Ackman, Guillermo Hamlin, and Ken Salvato. I know nothing about this race; if you do, please add a comment here. All other School Committee races and all Alderman races (both at-large and ward) will take place on November 7.

Somerville Local First will hold a candidates' meet & greet event on Tuesday, September 12, 6-9 pm, at Workbar, 31 Union Square.

Somerville Candidate Video Profiles on SCATV

Videos from Somerville Labor Coalition candidate forum on June 27

All comment is welcome here!

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[personal profile] auntycourtney
On behalf of the Somerville Local First Board of Directors, I would like to invite members of the public to join us on Tuesday September 12th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a candidate meet & greet. This event will be held at Workbar Union (31 Union Square) and light refreshments will be served.

With the Preliminary Elections right around the corner, it is important for us to have an opportunity to talk to those who are vying for leadership positions in our community. Candidates for Mayor, Ward Alderman, Alderman at Large and School Committee have been invited to attend. There will be a short speaking portion beginning at 7:30 p.m. where confirmed candidates will be introduced.

For a complete list of confirmed candidates, please check our Facebook invitation, Follow us on Twitter (@Local1st) or Instagram (@SomervilleLocal1st).

For candidates, this event is not for the faint of heart. Unlike fundraisers, candidates will not be given an opportunity to address the crowd, but rather engage in face to face conversations with attendees throughout the evening. This ain’t your mama’s candidate night ;)

While this event is free to attend, Somerville Local First is asking for a $10 donation to support our work and mission in the City of Somerville. We strive to bring awareness to our locally-owned, independent businesses and artists and encourage everyone to shift their shopping to help sustain our local economy. To ensure space and food, please RSVP by emailing Courtney@SomervilleLocalFirst.org. It is my hope that residents take advantage of this opportunity for conversation with candidates because at the end of the day - all politics is local!

Courtney O’Keefe
Executive Director | Somerville Local First
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UPDATE: This event is a no-go! Many thousands of people expressed interest in counter-protesting, most of the speakers cancelled, and Mayor Walsh released a statement that the event was not welcome here.

I expect there will still be a rally against Nazis and white supremacist terrorism that day, and also there are related things like a "teach-in" (presumably about direct action and safer protesting) referenced in links in comments.

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Some of the same groups that fomented white supremacist hatred and terror in Charlottesville today will be in Boston next Saturday.

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheNewRight/comments/6r4e3h/boston_free_speech_rally_august_19th/
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[personal profile] ceelove
UPDATE TO THE UPDATE

Saturday appears to be sunny with a high chance of Nazis. Many more counter-protesters than "free speech" advocates, though. You may be searched for weapons if you go (I am relieved to learn).

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UPDATE: This event is a no-go! Many thousands of people expressed interest in counter-protesting, most of the speakers cancelled, and Mayor Walsh released a statement that the event was not welcome here.

I expect there will still be a rally against Nazis and white supremacist terrorism that day, and also there are related things like a "teach-in" (presumably about direct action and safer protesting) referenced in links in comments.

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Some of the same groups that fomented white supremacist hatred and terror in Charlottesville today will be in Boston next Saturday.

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheNewRight/comments/6r4e3h/boston_free_speech_rally_august_19th/

(I'll be counter-demonstrating at noon, myself. Possibly with a sign saying either "Proud Race Traitor" or "Go back home to 1945" unless I determine it's more likely to get me killed.)
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Somerville Republican City Committee (really, that's a thing?) has scheduled a "Citizens Against Sanctuary Cities" meeting for Wednesday, July 12, at 6 pm at the Somerville main library.

The organizers keep hiding and then re-showing the guest list. The last time it was visible, many of the people attending it or interested in it were people I know who are definitely not on their side.
[personal profile] ron_newman
The city has published the final list of candidates in this year's city election. Yesterday was the deadline for submitting nomination petition signatures. Only the candidates listed in red have qualified for the ballot.

There will be a citywide preliminary election for Mayor on September 19, because two candidates, Payton Corbett and Kenneth Van Buskirk, are challenging Mayor Joe Curtatone. Preliminary mayoral elections have become rare in recent years, but Mayor Joe ousted our previous mayor, Dorothy Kelly Gay, in a 2003 preliminary election. The last preliminary election for mayor happened in 2007. The top two finishers in the preliminary go on to run against each other in the November 7 general election.

Ward 1 residents will also have a preliminary election for School Committee. Three candidates are running to replace incumbent Stephen Roix, who is not seeking re-election.

All four current aldermen-at-large are seeking re-election, along with challengers Stephanie Hirsch, Will Mbah, and Kevin Tarpley (a former Ward 2 alderman). Since there are fewer than nine candidates, there will not be a preliminary election for alderman-at-large.

Ward Four alderman-at-large Tony Lafuente is not seeking re-election. Two candidates are running to replace him. All other aldermen-at-large are running for re-election, and they have challengers in wards 1, 2, and 3.
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
From the Somerville by Design website:
The City of Somerville’s Planning Department invites community members in the Davis Square area to a series of Somerville by Design meetings aimed at chartering the next steps in developing this great neighborhood while preserving its character.

Whether you are a renter or owner; new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, a planning meeting veteran or never attended one: We want to hear from you!
February 13th – History and Future
March 2nd – New Developments
March 21st – Aesthetics and Character
April 4th – Aesthetics and Character Continued
April 25th – Design Guideline Reviews
LOCATION
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
 
[identity profile] serious-noir.livejournal.com
From the Boston Globe: Hundreds rally in Boston against Trump’s immigrant policies

Ron Newman of Somerville, who attended the rally, said the order reminded him of how the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away by countries including the United States in 1939. Many of the refugees later died in concentration camps.

“It seems like Donald Trump wants to repeat that history,” said Newman, who is Jewish. “I think anyone who fought in World War II, whose family fought in World War II, should consider this [executive order] to be a betrayal of what they fought for.”
[. . .]
Marching toward the State House, the protesters held signs reading, “Immigrants make America great” and “No trade war,” as they chanted, “Donald Trump, you racist clown! Build a wall, we’ll tear it down!”




Wish I had known about this rally. Is there a super secret mailing list or something?
[personal profile] ron_newman
We're having a special election for Ward 6 School Committee next Tuesday, because Paul Bockelman resigned in order to become Town Manager in Amherst. You have to really drill down on the city's website to even know this is happening. I've seen one or two official paper signs around town announcing it.

There's only one candidate on the ballot, Paula O'Sullivan. I know nothing about her, as I've never encountered her or her campaign in any way. Any further information would be appreciated.
[personal profile] ron_newman
Mayor Joe Curtatone and the Somerville Democratic City Committee are meeting tonight (Wednesday, November 30) from 7:30-9 pm at Somerville High School Auditorium "to discuss Somerville's status as a Sanctuary City in light of the recent presidential elections."

RSVP here

The Mayor and Welcome Project director Ben Echevarria issued this joint statement last week: Somerville Will Stand With You
[identity profile] serious-noir.livejournal.com
I missed the protest on Wednesday – didn't hear of it in time. Does anyone have a line on upcoming protests or a social media feed for such things?
[personal profile] ron_newman
The City of Somerville sent me unofficial election results:

Ballots cast: 39,919 (73.4% of 54,360 total registered voters)

President:
Clinton-Kaine: 32,903 (82.4%)
Trump-Pence: 4,064 (10.2%)
Johnson-Weld: 1,100 (2.8%)
Stein-Baraka: 812 (2.0%)
Write-in: 593 (1.5%)
Blank: 447 (1.1%)

(Compared to 2012 results, or even 2008 results, not much change.)

Q1 (Additional slots parlor): Yes 10,151 (25.4%), No 27,857 (69.7%), Blank 1,911 (4.8%)
Q2 (Raise charter school cap): Yes 11,113 (27.8%), No 27,438 (68.7%), Blank 1,368 (3.4%)
Q3 (Conditions of farm animals): Yes 32,448 (81.3%), No 6,204 (15.5%), Blank 1,267 (3.2%)
Q4 (Legalize marijuana): Yes 29,447 (73.8%), No 9,498 (23.8%), Blank 974 (2.4%)
Q5 (Tax override for new high school): Yes 26,260 (65.8%), No 10,166 (25.5%), Blank 3,493 (8.8%)

Statewide results in all races match Somerville's results, except that in each case, the winning percentage is higher in Somerville than it is statewide.

Unfortunately, national results for President don't currently appear to match Somerville (and Massachusetts) at all. What does this mean for our city and our state?

This post is an open thread for any discussion whatsoever about yesterday's election (Somerville-related or otherwise).
[personal profile] ron_newman

Early voting in all Massachusetts municipalities ends this Friday. Hours vary.

  • Somerville: City Hall, Thursday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am - 12:30pm.
  • Cambridge: 5 locations, close at 6 pm both days. Election Commission office opens at 8:30 am, other locations at 9 am.
  • Medford: City Hall, Thursday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Arlington: Town Hall, Thursday 8 am - 7 pm, Friday 8 am - noon.
  • For other towns and cities, visit this page.

[identity profile] fenicedautun.livejournal.com
So, I'm pondering the early voting this weekend, but I'm wondering what the setup looks like. How many booths are there? Are they organized? Are there lines? Is it going to be insane this weekend and I'm better off waiting for my local polling place on 11/8?
[identity profile] rmd.livejournal.com
I haven't seen anything about it except for a couple of yard signs, but I gather there's a question on the ballot about construction of a new High School. I didn't see a link to it on the city elections department page, and I haven't seen it discussed here. Anyone have info or opinions?

we don't have a tag for 'elections' or 'politics'? I'm surprised.
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Although we don't have final numbers yet as far as I know, it sounds like enough results are in to know that Pat Jehlen won overwhelmingly over Leland Cheung. According to several sources, including https://dblstand.com/2016/09/08/jehlen-wins/, "Preliminary results show Jehlen with over 13,000 votes. Cheung received fewer than 4,000. Some precincts have yet to report."

Over in Cambridge, progressive challenger "no money" Mike Connolly has reportedly defeated 24-year incumbent state rep Tim Toomey.
[identity profile] mem-winterhill.livejournal.com
Vote--on THURSDAY this week, folks. Just wanted to highlight the unusual day. A nice young canvasser just came by my house to remind me, and I realized I hadn't seen notice of it much on the social media channels.

Sample ballots: http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts/sample-ballots-available-september-8-state-primary
[identity profile] tequilamckngbrd.livejournal.com
FYI, Senator Elizabeth Warren is coming to the Somerville Theater Tuesday night 08/02 to talk about income inequality, for those interested. It's free, open doors at 6:00PM.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1602175433413408/
[identity profile] gruene.livejournal.com
I received a telephone survey this afternoon regarding a potential ballot question this fall that would raise property taxes to pay for the new Somerville High School. This is the first I'd heard that a so-called "Prop 2½ override" was being considered, which, I believe, would be the first such vote in Somerville's history. Does anyone have more information about this?

Background on the new school here: http://www.somervillema.gov/highschool/

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