Easton 2012 Election Guide: All You Need to Know About Tuesday's Election
Election Day is upon us! Who is on the ballot? Where can you vote? and when are polls open?
Election Day is upon us.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Easton voters will head to the polls to vote in a number of elections and on a number of ballot questions. Polls are open in Easton from 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. All precincts should report to Oliver Ames High School to vote.
Here is a look at who you'll be deciding between. Click on the candidate's name to learn more about them. Additionally, sample ballots from the Easton Town Clerk's office are attached.
Scott Brown: Sen. Brown (R-Wrentham) is running for re-election after winning a special election in 2010 in which he replaced late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Elizabeth Warren: Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge) is challenging Sen. Brown. She recently spoke to Patch readers during a live chat.
U.S. House of Representatives
Joe Kennedy III: In February, Kennedy kicked off his campaign with a tour of the 4th Congressional Disctrict. While Kennedy is the son of former Congressman Joe Kennedy and the grandson of Senator Robert Kennedy, the 31-year-old former Middlesex assistant district attorney was quick to say that he is his own person.
Sean Bielat: After losing the Fourth Congressional District by 11 percentage points to Newton Democrat Barney Frank in the 2010 election, Republican Sean Bielat thinks a second try in 2012 will pay off.
11th Plymouth District State Representative (Precincts 1-5)
Claire Cronin: Cronin is a Brockton native and Easton resident who currently serves as a mediator. She hopes to bring that experience to Beacon Hill in order to bring legislators and constituents together.
Dan Murphy: Murphy is a Selectman in Easton who was recently re-elected to a second term. The only Republican in the race, he hopes to make an impact in the General Election. More important than political party, he said he could represent the district well.
Third Bristol District State Representative (Precinct 6)
Sherry Costa-Hanlon: Costa-Hanlon serves as a City Councilor for in Taunton since 2008. She has been a lawyer in the Silver City for 20 years and touts economic growth as one of her main issues.
Shaunna O'Connell: O'Connell, of Taunton, has been a State Rep since 2009. On her website, the self-proclaimed "concerned mom" said there are two things you should know about her right away: she's not a politician and not a lawyer.
Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth State Senate (Precincts 3-6)
Brian A. Joyce: Joyce, of Milton, has served in the State Senate since 1998. He is the Senate Chair of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, as well as the Senate Vice Chair of the Health Care Financing Committee and Vice Chair of the Financial Services Committee.
No Republican Candidates
Second Plymouth and Bristol State Senate (Precincts 1-2)
Thomas Kennedy: Kennedy, of Brockton, has served in the State Senate since 2009. "My priorities have always focused on being an open, accessible and dependable legislator. I pledge to be earnest, diligent and conscientious in serving the people of the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol District," he said on his website.
No Republican Candidates
District Two Governor's Council:
Robert Jubinville: Jubinville is a veteran trial lawyer who said he has been involved in more than 7,500 cases. He cited his experience in law as a means to better select judges, and said his knowledge makes him the best candidate.
Earl Sholley: Sholley is an army veteran who ran for Congress against Barney Frank in the 4th Congressional District.
Question 1: Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information : This law would require all car manufacturers to provide — on an equitable fair-market value subscription basis — all diagnostic and repair information for model years beginning in 2015 to owners or an owner’s designated in-state independent repair facility (not affiliated with a manufacturer or its authorized dealers). The law would also make available for purchase information for model years 2002 through 2014.
Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life: This law "would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life." The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicate it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary.
Question 3: Medical Use of Marijuana: This law "would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients." It would also allow patients to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana and would establish at least one in each county but no more than 35 "treatment centers" throughout the state in 2013.