By Meredith McCulloch
In primary elections next Thursday, September 6, the race for the Massachusetts House (Representative in General Court) will include sticker campaigns by three candidates for the Democratic nomination and one candidate for the Republican nomination.
The name of the incumbent Democrat Charles Murphy will be on the printed ballot, but he has announced that he will not accept the nomination. See: https://thebedfordcitizen.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/write-in-candidate-to-succeed-state-representative-murphy-on-november-ballot/)
Although none of the candidates running for Murphy’s seat are listed on the ballot, campaign workers will be handing out stickers for their candidates at the polls. Voters can also write in any name by hand, but it is important to spell the name correctly and include the home address.
Here are the names of the candidates who are running sticker campaigns:
- Dave Fionda, 46 Freeport Dr. Burlington
- Kenneth Gordon, 1 Short Street, Bedford
- Virginia E. Mooney, 28 Mohawk Rd. Burlington
- Walter Zenkin, 2 Toomey Circle, Burlington
According to Bedford’s Town Clerk, Doreen Tremblay, the sticker and write-in ballots must be counted by hand, so election results may be released later than is usual. Normally ballots are cast on voting machines and only absentee votes must be counted by hand.
If Charles Murphy garners the most votes from Democrats, he plans to reject the nomination. Then a candidate will be chosen by a caucus of Democratic Town Committee members from the three towns in the district – Bedford, Burlington, and a portion of Wilmington.
Other races on the primary ballot
On Thursday voters will also choose candidates for Massachusetts Senate and House as well as Governor’s Council and Register of Deeds. In the race for nomination to the Massachusetts Senate, five candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination and two the Republican nomination. Other races are uncontested.
For full candidate lists and campaign information go to the Bedford Citizen election link at https://thebedfordcitizen.wordpress.com/2012-election/
All Bedford voters cast their ballots on Thursday, September 6, at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road, between 7 am and 8 pm.