Election Countdown: Don’t Miss these Ballot Choices

The primary election is next Thursday, September 6. Even the most conscientious of voters may be surprised when they enter the booth and find choices for which they are not prepared. Major and statewide races often overshadow other important elections down the ticket. Two of those in this election are for Governor’s Council and for Register of Deeds.

On the Democratic ballot voters will be asked to cast a ballot for Councilor. One important responsibility of the Council is to approve the appointment of judges. They are also responsible for approving the Governor’s appointments to positions such as parole board, justices of the peace, and, quoting from the Secretary of State’s website, “to record advice and consent on warrants for the state treasury, pardons and commutations.” The Governor’s council consists of eight people elected from eight districts across the state for a two-year term. There are three candidates on the Democratic ballot to represent Bedford;, incumbent Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney of Watertown, Charlie Shapiro of Newton and incumbent and Harry S. Margolis of Brookline.

There are no candidates on the Republican primary ballot. In addition Tom Sheff of Newton is running as an independent and will appear on the general election ballot November 6.

There are five Democrats vying to be the Register of Deeds for the 34th district  which includes Bedford. The election is for a six-year term. The chief responsibility of the Register of Deeds is to maintain all property records for the district. Democratic candidates are:

  • Robert Antonelli of Somerville
  • Frank Ciano of Arlington
  • Thomas Concannon of Newton
  • Maria Curtatone
  • Tiziano Doto of Wakefield and
  • Maryann Heuston of Somerville.

The Somerville Journal asked several questions of each candidate. Their answers are posted on the Journal website at

There is no Republican candidate on the primary ballot.

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pam bruno
September 2, 2012 2:52 pm

thanks – had no idea there were so many choices. have had good experiences with the registry lately, still looks the same though. might be nice to have web access instead of having to go to the building. will reread answers to see who might push for that.