Election Contests and Ballot Measures

November 4, 2008 Massachusetts General Election

Massachusetts

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US President & Vice President (Massachusetts)
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Chuck Baldwin - REF
Darrell Castle - CON
Bob Barr - L
Websitewww.bobbarr2008.com
Wayne Allen Root - L
Websitewww.rootforamerica.com/home/index.php
John McCain - R
Websitewww.johnmccain.com
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Sarah Palin - R
Websitewww.palinforgovernor.com/
Cynthia Mckinney - G
Websitewww.runcynthiarun.org
Rosa Clemente - G
Ralph Nader - I
Websitewww.votenader.org
Matt Gonzalez - I
Websitewww.votenader.org/about/matt-gonzalez/
Barack Obama - D
Websitemy.barackobama.com
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Joe Biden - D
Websitewww.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice-president-biden
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US Senate
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John Kerry - D
Websitewww.johnkerry.com
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Jeffrey K. Beatty - R
Websitewww.beattyforcongress.com
Robert J. Underwood - U
Websitewww.electbobunderwood.org
US House of Representatives
Representative In Congress Eighth District
Michael E. Capuano - D
Websitewww.mikecapuano.com
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Representative In Congress Fifth District
Nicola S. Tsongas - D
Websitenikitsongas.com
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Representative In Congress First District
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Nathan A. Bech - R
Websitenathanbech.com
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John W. Olver - D
Representative In Congress Fourth District
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Susan Allen - I
Barney Frank - D
Websitebarneyfrank.net/splash
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Earl Henry Sholley - R
Websitesholleyforcongress.us
Representative In Congress Ninth District
Stephen F. Lynch - D
Websitewww.stephenflynch.com
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Representative In Congress Second District
Richard E. Neal - D
Websitewww.nealforcongress.com
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Representative In Congress Seventh District
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John Cunningham - R
Websitewww.johncunningham2008.com
Edward J. Markey - D
Websitewww.edmarkey.com
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Representative In Congress Sixth District
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Richard A. Baker - R
Websitewww.richbaker08.com
John F. Tierney - D
Websitewww.johntierney.com
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Representative In Congress Third District
James P. McGovern - D
Websitejimmcgovern.com
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Massachusetts Senate
Berkshire, Hampshire And Franklin Senate District
Benjamin Brackett Downing - D
Websitewww.bendowning.org
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Bristol And Norfolk Senate District
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James E. Timilty - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/JET0
Jon W. Rockwood, Sr. - R
First Bristol And Plymouth Senate District
Second Bristol And Plymouth Senate District
Mark C. Montigny - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/mcm0?
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Cape And Islands Senate District
First Essex Senate District
Second Essex Senate District
First Essex And Middlesex Senate District
Bruce E. Tarr - R
Websitewww.brucetarr.com
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Second Essex And Middlesex Senate District
Third Essex Senate District
Thomas M. McGee - D
Websitewww.mcgeeforsenate.com
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Hampden Senate District
First Hampden And Hampshire Senate District
Gale D. Candaras - D
Websitewww.galecandaras.com
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Second Hampden And Hampshire Senate District
Hampshire And Franklin Senate District
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Stanley C. Rosenberg - D
Websitewww.stanrosenberg.com
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Keith C. Mccormic - R
First Middlesex Senate District
Second Middlesex Senate District
Patricia D. Jehlen - D
Websitewww.patjehlen.com
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Third Middlesex Senate District
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Susan C. Fargo - D
Sandra B. Martinez - R
Websitewww.sandimartinez.com
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Fourth Middlesex Senate District
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Brion M. Cangiamila - R
Kenneth J. Donnelly - D
Websitewww.kendonnelly.org
Fifth Middlesex Senate District
Richard R. Tisei - R
Websitetiseiforcongress.com
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First Middlesex And Norfolk Senate District
Cynthia Stone Creem - D
Second Middlesex And Norfolk Senate District
Karen E. Spilka - D
Websitekarenspilka.com
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Middlesex & Suffolk Senate District
Middlesex And Worcester Senate District
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James B. Eldridge - D
Websitewww.jamieeldridge.com
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Steven L. Levy - R
Norfolk, Bristol And Plymouth Senate District
Brian A. Joyce - D
Websitewww.brianajoyce.com
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Norfolk, Bristol And Middlesex Senate District
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Scott Brown - R
Websitewww.scottbrown.com
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Sara Orozco - D
Norfolk And Plymouth Senate District
Plymouth And Barnstable Senate District
Therese Murray - D
Websitewww.theresemurray.com
First Plymouth And Bristol Senate District
Marc R. Pacheco - D
Websitewww.marcpacheco.com
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Second Plymouth And Bristol Senate District
Thomas P. Kennedy - D
Websitesenatortomkennedy.com
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Plymouth And Norfolk Senate District
Robert L. Hedlund, Jr. - R
Websitewww.hedlundformayor.com
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First Suffolk Senate District
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Jack A. Hart, Jr. - D
Althea Garrison - R
Second Suffolk Senate District
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Sonia Rosa Chang-Díaz - D
Websitesoniachangdiaz.com
William Theodore Leonard - SP
First Suffolk And Middlesex Senate District
Anthony W. Petruccelli - D
Websitewww.senatorpetruccelli.com
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Second Suffolk And Middlesex Senate District
Norfolk And Suffolk Senate District
First Worcester Senate District
Harriette L. Chandler - D
Websitewww.chandler4senate.com
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Second Worcester Senate District
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Steven W. Baer - G
John I. Lebeaux - R
Michael O. Moore - D
Websitewww.electmikemoore.com
Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire And Franklin Senate Senate District
Stephen M. Brewer - D
Websitewww.stevebrewer.org
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Worcester And Middlesex Senate District
Jennifer L. Flanagan - D
Websitewww.jenflanagan.com
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Worcester And Norfolk Senate District
Richard T. Moore - D
Websitewww.senatormoore.com
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Massachusetts House
First Barnstable Representative District
Second Barnstable Representative District
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Demetrius J. Atsalis - D
Websitewww.electatsalis.org
Carl D. Yingling - I
Third Barnstable Representative District
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Matthew C. Patrick - D
Websitewww.electmattpatrick.org
Carey M. Murphy - I
Fourth Barnstable Representative District
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Sarah K. Peake - D
Websitewww.sarahpeake.org
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Donald F. Howell - R
Fifth Barnstable Representative District
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Jeffrey Davis Perry - R
WebsiteJeffrey Davis Perry
Glenn S. Paré - D
Barnstable Dukes Nantucket Representative District
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Daniel James Larkosh - D
Jacob D. Ferreira - I
Melissa C. Freitag - U
Timothy R. Madden - D
Websitewww.timmadden.com
First Berkshire Representative District
Second Berkshire Representative District
Third Berkshire Representative District
Christopher N. Speranzo - D
Fourth Berkshire Representative District
William "Smitty" Pignatelli - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/wsp1
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First Bristol Representative District
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Fred "Jay" Barrows - R
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/FJB1
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Devin P. Romanul - D
Second Bristol Representative District
Third Bristol Representative District
Fourth Bristol Representative District
Fifth Bristol Representative District
Patricia A. Haddad - D
Websitewww.reppathaddad.com
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Sixth Bristol Representative District
David B. Sullivan - D
Websitewww.repdavidsullivan.com
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Seventh Bristol Representative District
Eighth Bristol Representative District
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Michael J. Rodrigues - D
Websitewww.michaelrodrigues.org
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Mike Raposa
Ninth Bristol Representative District
Tenth Bristol Representative District
William M. Straus - D
Websitewww.repstraus.com
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Eleventh Bristol Representative District
Robert M. Koczera - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/rmk1
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Twelfth Bristol Representative District
Thirteenth Bristol Representative District
Antonio F.D. Cabral - D
Websitevotetonycabral.org
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Fourteenth Bristol Representative District
Elizabeth A. Poirier - R
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/eap1
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First Essex Representative District
Michael A. Costello - D
Websitemikecostello.org
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Second Essex Representative District
Third Essex Representative District
Brian S. Dempsey - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/bsd1
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Fourth Essex Representative District
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Bradford R. Hill - R
Donald Bumiller - D
Fifth Essex Representative District
Ann-Margaret Ferrante - D
Websiteannmargaretferrante.org
Sixth Essex Representative District
Seventh Essex Representative District
John D. Keenan - D
Websitewww.johnkeenan.org
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Eighth Essex Representative District
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Lori A. Ehrlich - D
Websiteloriehrlich.com
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John Blaisdell - R
Ninth Essex Representative District
Tenth Essex Representative District
Robert F. Fennell - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/RFF1
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Eleventh Essex Representative District
Twelfth Essex Representative District
Thirteenth Essex Representative District
Theodore C. Speliotis - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/tcs1
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Fourteenth Essex Representative District
Fifteenth Essex Representative District
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Linda Dean Campbell - D
Websitewww.statereplindacampbell.com
Joseph A. Leone, III - I
Sixteenth Essex Representative District
Seventeenth Essex Representative District
Barry R. Finegold - D
Websitewww.barryfinegold.com
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Eighteenth Essex Representative District
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Barbara A. Litalien - D
Lawrence Brennan - R
First Franklin Representative District
Stephen Kulik - D
Websitewww.stevekulik.org
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Second Franklin Representative District
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Christopher J. Donelan - D
Robert E. Parks - R
First Hampden Representative District
Todd M. Smola - R
Websitewww.reptoddsmola.org
Second Hampden Representative District
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Brian Michael Ashe - D
William G. Scibelli - R
Third Hampden Representative District
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Rosemary Sandlin - D
Websitewww.rosesandlin.com
Nicholas A. Boldyga - R
Fourth Hampden Representative District
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Donald F. Humason, Jr. - R
Websitewww.donhumason.org
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Brian R. Hoose - D
Fifth Hampden Representative District
Sixth Hampden Representative District
James T. Welch - D
Seventh Hampden Representative District
Thomas M. Petrolati - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/tmp1
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Eighth Hampden Representative District
Joseph F. Wagner - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/jfw1
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Ninth Hampden Representative District
Tenth Hampden Representative District
Eleventh Hampden Representative District
Benjamin Swan - D
Websitewww.repswan.org
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Twelfth Hampden Representative District
Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. - D
First Hampshire Representative District
Peter V. Kocot - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/pvk1
Second Hampshire Representative District
John W. Scibak - D
Websitewww.johnscibak.com
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Third Hampshire Representative District
Ellen Story - D
Websiteellenstoryma.com
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First Middlesex Representative District
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Robert S. Hargraves - R
Virginia C. Wood - D
Zachary E. Saboliauskas - I
Second Middlesex Representative District
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James Arciero - D
Paul J. Avella - R
Third Middlesex Representative District
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Kate Hogan - D
Sonny Parente - R
David A. Goulding - I
Fourth Middlesex Representative District
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Danielle W. Gregoire - D
Websitewww.daniellegregoire.com
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Arthur G. Vigeant - R
Fifth Middlesex Representative District
David Paul Linsky - D
Websitewww.DavidLinsky.org
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Sixth Middlesex Representative District
Seventh Middlesex Representative District
Tom Sannicandro - D
Websitetomworksforus.com
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Eighth Middlesex Representative District
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Carolyn C. Dykema - D
Websitewww.carolyndykema.com
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Dan Haley - R
Ninth Middlesex Representative District
Thomas M. Stanley - D
Websitetomstanley.org
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Tenth Middlesex Representative District
Eleventh Middlesex Representative District
Kay S. Khan - D
Websitevotekaykhan.org
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Twelfth Middlesex Representative District
Ruth B. Balser - D
Websitewww.ruthbalser.org
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Thirteenth Middlesex Representative District
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Thomas P. Conroy - D
Websitewww.tomconroy.org
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Susan W. Pope - R
Fourteenth Middlesex Representative District
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Cory Atkins - D
Websitewww.coryatkins.com
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Richard P. Mcclure - I
Fifteenth Middlesex Representative District
Jay R. Kaufman - D
Websitewww.jaykaufman.com
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Sixteenth Middlesex Representative District
Thomas A. Golden, Jr. - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/tag1
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Seventeenth Middlesex Representative District
David M. Nangle - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/dmn1
Eighteenth Middlesex Representative District
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Kevin J. Murphy - D
Kenneth J. Patrician - U
Nineteenth Middlesex Representative District
James R. Miceli - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/jrm1
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Twentieth Middlesex Representative District
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Bradley H. Jones, Jr. - R
Websitewww.repjones.com
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Claire M. Paradiso - D
Twenty-first Middlesex Representative District
Twenty-second Middlesex Representative District
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William G. Greene, Jr. - D
Anthony Lucacio - R
Twenty-third Middlesex Representative District
Sean Garballey - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/S_G1
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Twenty-fourth Middlesex Representative District
William N. Brownsberger - D
Websitewillbrownsberger.com
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Twenty-fifth Middlesex Representative District
Twenty-sixth Middlesex Representative District
Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. - D
Websitewww.timtoomey.org
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Twenty-seventh Middlesex Representative District
Denise Provost - D
Websitewww.deniseprovost.org
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Twenty-eighth Middlesex Representative District
Twenty-ninth Middlesex Representative District
Thirtieth Middlesex Representative District
James J. Dwyer - D
Websitewww.representativedwyer.com
Thirty-first Middlesex Representative District
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Jason M. Lewis - D
Websiteelectjasonlewis.com
Brian P. O'Connor - R
Chad Riley - I
Thirty-second Middlesex Representative District
Katherine M. Clark - D
Websitekatherineclark.org
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Thirty-third Middlesex Representative District
Christopher G. Fallon - D
Websitewww.repfallon.org
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Thirty-fourth Middlesex Representative District
Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. - D
Websitewww.electcarl.org
Thirty-fifth Middlesex Representative District
Paul J. Donato - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/pjd1
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Thirty-sixth Middlesex Representative District
Colleen M. Garry - D
Websitewww.repcolleengarry.net
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Thirty-seventh Middlesex Representative District
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Jennifer E. Benson - D
Websitewww.jenbenson.org
Kurt Hayes - R
First Norfolk Representative District
Bruce J. Ayers - D
Websitewww.votebruceayers.com
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Second Norfolk Representative District
Third Norfolk Representative District
Ronald Mariano - D
Websitewww.ronmariano.com
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Fourth Norfolk Representative District
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James M. Murphy - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/jmm1
Robert Montgomery Thomas - I
Websitewww.montgomerythomas.com
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Fifth Norfolk Representative District
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Joseph R. Driscoll, Jr. - D
Richard A. Moran - U
Sixth Norfolk Representative District
William C. Galvin - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/wcg1
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Seventh Norfolk Representative District
Walter F. Timilty - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/wft1
Eighth Norfolk Representative District
Louis L. Kafka - D
Websitewww.reploukafka.org
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Ninth Norfolk Representative District
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Richard J. Ross - R
Websitewww.richardjross.com
Thomas Joseph Roache - I
Tenth Norfolk Representative District
Eleventh Norfolk Representative District
Paul McMurtry - D
Websitewww.paulmcmurtry.org
Twelfth Norfolk Representative District
John H. Rogers - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/JHR1
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Thirteenth Norfolk Representative District
Fourteenth Norfolk Representative District
Alice Hanlon Peisch - D
Websitewww.alicepeisch.org
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Fifteenth Norfolk Representative District
Frank Israel Smizik - D
Websitewww.franksmizik.com
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First Plymouth Representative District
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Vinny M. DeMacedo - R
Websitewww.demacedo.org
Jay D. Ferguson - D
Second Plymouth Representative District
Susan Williams Gifford - R
Websitewww.susangifford.com
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Third Plymouth Representative District
Garrett J. Bradley - D
Websitewww.garrettbradley.com
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Fourth Plymouth Representative District
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James M. Cantwell - D
Websitejimcantwell.com
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John M. Valianti - I
Fifth Plymouth Representative District
Sixth Plymouth Representative District
Seventh Plymouth Representative District
Eighth Plymouth Representative District
Ninth Plymouth Representative District
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Michael D. Brady - D
Websitewww.bradyforsenate.org
Lawrence P. Novak - R
Tenth Plymouth Representative District
Christine E. Canavan - D
Websitewww.christinecanavan.com
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Eleventh Plymouth Representative District
Twelfth Plymouth Representative District
Thomas J. Calter, III - D
First Suffolk Representative District
Carlo P. Basile - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/CPB1
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Second Suffolk Representative District
Third Suffolk Representative District
Fourth Suffolk Representative District
Fifth Suffolk Representative District
Sixth Suffolk Representative District
Seventh Suffolk Representative District
Gloria L. Fox - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/glf1
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Eighth Suffolk Representative District
Ninth Suffolk Representative District
Byron Rushing - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/b_r1
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Tenth Suffolk Representative District
Michael F. Rush - D
Websitewww.senatorrush.com
Eleventh Suffolk Representative District
Elizabeth A. Malia - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/eam1
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Twelfth Suffolk Representative District
Linda Dorcena Forry - D
Websitelindadorcenaforry.info
Thirteenth Suffolk Representative District
Martin J. Walsh - D
Websitewww.martywalsh.org
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Fourteenth Suffolk Representative District
Angelo M. Scaccia - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/ams1
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Fifteenth Suffolk Representative District
Jeffrey Sanchez - D
Websitewww.jeffreysanchez.org
Sixteenth Suffolk Representative District
Seventeenth Suffolk Representative District
Kevin G. Honan - D
Websitewww.kevinhonan.com
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Eighteenth Suffolk Representative District
Michael J. Moran - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/mjm1
Nineteenth Suffolk Representative District
Robert A. DeLeo - D
Websitewww.bobdeleo.com
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First Worcester Representative District
Second Worcester Representative District
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Robert L. Rice, Jr. - D
Carolyn A. Kamuda - U
Third Worcester Representative District
Stephen L. Dinatale - D
Websitemalegislature.gov/People/Profile/sld1
Fourth Worcester Representative District
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Dennis A. Rosa - D
Websitewww.dennisrosa.com
Claire M. Freda - U
Fifth Worcester Representative District
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Anne M. Gobi - D
Websitewww.annegobi.com
Stephen J. Comtois, II - R
Websitewww.stephencomtois.com
Sixth Worcester Representative District
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Geraldo Alicea - D
Ronald J. Chernisky - R
Seventh Worcester Representative District
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Paul K. Frost - R
Websitewww.votepaulfrost.com
Daniel S. Carpenter - D
Eighth Worcester Representative District
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Paul Kujawski - D
Kevin J. Kuros - R
Websitewww.kevinkuros.com
Ninth Worcester Representative District
George N. Peterson, Jr. - R
Websitewww.george-peterson.com
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Tenth Worcester Representative District
John V. Fernandes - D
Websitejohnfernandes.org
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Eleventh Worcester Representative District
Karyn E. Polito - R
Websitewww.karynpolitoforlg.com
Twelfth Worcester Representative District
Harold P. Naughton, Jr. - D
Websitewww.repharoldnaughton.org
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Thirteenth Worcester Representative District
Fourteenth Worcester Representative District
James J. O'Day - D
Websitewww.jimoday.org
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Fifteenth Worcester Representative District
Sixteenth Worcester Representative District
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John P. Fresolo - UI
Mathew T. Taylor - I
Seventeenth Worcester Representative District
John J. Binienda, Sr. - D
Eighteenth Worcester Representative District
Referendums and Ballot Measures
Question 1 State Personal Income Tax
This proposed law would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.65% for all categories of taxable income for the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2009, and would eliminate the tax for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.The personal income tax applies to income received or gain realized by individuals and married couples, by estates of deceased persons, by certain trustees and other fiduciaries, by persons who are partners in and receive income from partnerships, by corporate trusts, and by persons who receive income as shareholders of "S corporations" as defined under federal tax law. The proposed law would not affect the tax due on income or gain realized in a tax year beginning before January 1, 2009.The proposed law states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.A YES VOTE would reduce the state personal income tax rate to 2.65% for the tax year beginning on January 1, 2009, and would eliminate the tax for all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2010.A NO VOTE would make no change in state income tax laws.
Question 2 Possession of Marijuana
This proposed law would replace the criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana with a new system of civil penalties, to be enforced by issuing citations, and would exclude information regarding this civil offense from the state's criminal record information system. Offenders age 18 or older would be subject to forfeiture of the marijuana plus a civil penalty of $100. Offenders under the age of 18 would be subject to the same forfeiture and, if they complete a drug awareness program within one year of the offense, the same $100 penalty.Offenders under 18 and their parents or legal guardian would be notified of the offense and the option for the offender to complete a drug awareness program developed by the state Department of Youth Services. Such programs would include ten hours of community service and at least four hours of instruction or group discussion concerning the use and abuse of marijuana and other drugs and emphasizing early detection and prevention of substance abuse.The penalty for offenders under 18 who fail to complete such a program within one year could be increased to as much as $1,000, unless the offender showed an inability to pay, an inability to participate in such a program, or the unavailability of such a program. Such an offender's parents could also be held liable for the increased penalty. Failure by an offender under 17 to complete such a program could also be a basis for a delinquency proceeding.The proposed law would define possession of one ounce or less of marijuana as including possession of one ounce or less of tetrahydrocannibinol ("THC"), or having metabolized products of marijuana or THC in one's body.Under the proposed law, possessing an ounce or less of marijuana could not be grounds for state or local government entities imposing any other penalty, sanction, or disqualification, such as denying student financial aid, public housing, public financial assistance including unemployment benefits, the right to operate a motor vehicle, or the opportunity to serve as a foster or adoptive parent. The proposed law would allow local ordinances or bylaws that prohibit the public use of marijuana, and would not affect existing laws, practices, or policies concerning operating a motor vehicle or taking other actions while under the influence of marijuana, unlawful possession of prescription forms of marijuana, or selling, manufacturing, or trafficking in marijuana.The money received from the new civil penalties would go to the city or town where the offense occurred.A YES VOTE would replace the criminal penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana with a new system of civil penalties.A NO VOTE would make no change in state criminal laws concerning possession of marijuana.
Question 3 Dog Racing
This proposed law would prohibit any dog racing or racing meeting in Massachusetts where any form of betting or wagering on the speed or ability of dogs occurs.The State Racing Commission would be prohibited from accepting or approving any application or request for racing dates for dog racing.Any person violating the proposed law could be required to pay a civil penalty of not less than $20,000 to the Commission. The penalty would be used for the Commission's administrative purposes, subject to appropriation by the state Legislature. All existing parts of the chapter of the state's General Laws concerning dog and horse racing meetings would be interpreted as if they did not refer to dogs.These changes would take effect January 1, 2010. The proposed law states that if any of its parts were declared invalid, the other parts would stay in effect.A YES VOTE would prohibit dog races on which betting or wagering occurs, effective January 1, 2010.A NO VOTE would make no change in the laws governing dog racing.
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