Thursday, May 9, 2013
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman 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. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Westford Patch's top stories for the week of April 26 to May 2, 2013
#1. Election Day in Westford #2. Westford Woman Arrested, Her Father Later Arrested For Threats to Her Alleged Victim #3. Hazelton, Peraner-Sweet, Gomez and Markey Win Westford's Contested Races #4. Bob Jefferies Says He Worked For The NRA in Patch Chat #5. Planning Board Discusses Possible Rotary Around Town Common #6. Out of Town Teens Arrested for Alleged Vandalism, Alcohol Possession #7. Marathon Stories, Bank Robbers and Something New on Boston Road #8. Westford Police Give Warning on Road Delays #9. Train Brakes Start Fire Closing West Prescott Street for Half an Hour #10. LETTER: The Truth About The Attempted Gun Grab By Bob Jefferies (Local Voices Column)
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The first contested Selectmen's race in five years brought a newcomer and an incumbent while Westford's results in the two party primaries for the U.S. Senate special election mirrored statewide results.
After a turnout almost seven times higher than in 2012, the voters of Westford have chosen who they want to serve on the Board of Selectmen for the next two years: Andrea Peraner-Sweet and Scott Hazelton. The newcomer Hazelton topped the four candidates for the race with 1858 votes in the town's unofficial results, as Peraner-Sweet narrowly defeated challenger Jim Jarvie by only 145 votes for the second seat on the board. "I'm very happy, very grateful to the campaign committee I had, and I'm looking forward to working with Westford citizens," said Hazelton in a statement at his celebration party on Vose Hill Road. Both Peraner-Sweet and Hazelton noted that the issue of the former Article 30 debate was just one issue bringing voters out …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Westford's got not one, but two elections going on today. We'll be out and about throughout town today with updates from the field.
Final Results Hazelton 1859 Peraner-Sweet 1798 Jarvie 1654 Jefferies 1206 UPDATE 8:41 p.m. - Corrected numbers Hazelton - 1560 Peraner-Sweet - 1425 Jarvie - 1397 Jefferies - 965 UPDATE 8:36 p.m. - Hold on, it looks like we may have been given bad numbers. UPDATE 8:32 p.m. Combined totals (5 of 6 precincts reporting, only waiting on Stony Brook School) Hazelton - 1529 Jarvie - 1427 Peraner-Sweet - 1272 Jefferies - 1118 UPDATE 8:25 p.m. Precinct 4 334 Peraner-Sweet 241 Jefferies 290 Hazelton 249 Jarvie Precinct 6 191 Peraner-Sweet 131 Jefferies 235 Hazelton 236 Jarvie UPDATE 8:22 p.m. Precinct 2 - Blanchard School Jefferies 198 Peraner- Sweet 285 Jarvie 315 Hazelton 345 UPDATE - 8:17 p.m. - Precinct 1 Jefferies 182 Peraner-Sweet 283 …
Friday, April 26, 2013
This week, Patch talked with the two incumbents in the race for the Board of Selectmen. Here some of the highlights.
Election Day is next Tuesday here in Westford, and here are some recaps of our live chats here in Patch this week with incumbent Selectmen Andrea Peraner-Sweet and Bob Jefferies. You can check out the full transcript of what Peraner-Sweet said here and what Jefferies said here. Also, don't forget to submit your letter to the editor! There's no deadline on Westford Patch. Well, maybe Wednesday...... Gun Control Peraner-Sweet noted a recent discussion on 60 Minutes where parents from Newton, CT asked if everyone was being done to keep their community safe, and that was the discussion she saw in the Article 30 debate, although she believes the delivery of the message went wrong. She also noted that the Second Amendment is not an unfettered …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Join us at noon on Wednesday to ask your questions to Selectman Bob Jefferies
Election Day is less than a week away, and today here on Westford Patch we'll be talking with Selectman and candidate Bob Jefferies. Ask him your questions here at noon! We've reached out to all four candidates, see here for the full transcripts of our chats with Andrea Peraner-Sweet and Scott Hazelton.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Join us at noon on Tuesday, April 23 for our live chat here on Patch with Selectman Andrea Peraner-Sweet
The 2012 Westford town election is only a week away, and today we welcome one of the candidates: Selectman Andrea Peraner-Sweet. Join us here on Patch at noon on Tuesday and ask her your questions! We've offered the opportunity to all the candidates and had a live chat with Scott Hazelton earlier this month. We also have a live chat scheduled with Selectman Bob Jefferies tomorrow at noon, again, right here on Westford Patch. .
Friday, April 12, 2013
While the four candidates for the two Board of Selectmen seats shared many views in common, they also sought to clarify their specific ideas in other areas for still undecided voters.
Those still undecided in Westford's rapidly approaching town election got a little help on Thursday night. All four candidates for the Board of Selectmen's two seats gathered at the J.V. Fletcher Library to face the voters in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and broadcast live on Westford Community Access Television. As expected, there were marked differences when it came to two of the most talked about issues during the lead up to Town Meeting: Fiscal Year '15 and the Article 30 debate. On the latter issue, all four candidates agreed that Article 30 turned out to be a mistake, with incumbents Bob Jefferies and Andrea Peraner-Sweet saying that the article ultimately got away from its original intent, while challengers Scott …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Candidates for U.S. Senate Democratic nomination squared off in Lowell Monday.
U.S. Congressmen 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 …
Monday, April 8, 2013
In case you missed the chat with Westford Board of Selectmen candidate Scott Hazelton, here are the highlights.
And you can check out the full transcript here. *-Total of both polls divided by two Fiscal Year 2015 Hazelton noted that significant deficits are common at this point and that the recovering economy will provide new revenue and that net metering and more investigation of the town's health insurance plan can provide further savings. Overall Philosophy Hazelton doesn't see himself as running on a "ticket" with fellow challenger Jim Jarvie. He also defined himself as a "compassionate conservative." Thoughts on a Prop 2 1/2 Override He sees it as a last resort and it's too early to talk about it now, saying it would only would be appropriate when the lack of one would diminish town services, and that the best way to avoid one is …