Braintree Election Guide 2012
The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Braintree.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Braintree Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
- Polling locations: To find your polling location and precinct, go to http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx.
- Absentee ballot information:http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm.
- How to register (deadline Oct. 17): http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm.
Rep. Mark Cusack, D-Braintree: The first-term representative is running again to represent the 5th Norfolk District, consisting of Braintree, Precinct 1 in Holbrook and Precinct 3 in Randolph. A potential Republican opponent, Paul Boback of Braintree, dropped out despite collecting nomination signatures.
Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA: Brown is running against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren for the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy. The first-term lawmaker has visited Braintree multiple times, to announce fire grants, participate in a reading program at Hollis Elementary School and visit some local businesses.
Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-MA: Lynch is running for his sixth term, now in the new 8th Congresssional District. He does not face a primary challenger, but Republicans Boston businessman Joe Selvaggi and Iraq war veteran Matias Temperley are contending for the seat. Lynch has visited Braintree many times, including recently to speak at the Memorial Day ceremony.
Question 1: "An Act to Protect Motor Vehicle Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles"—This initiative 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: "An Act Relative to Death with Dignity"—This initiative would allow physicians to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients that would end their lives. The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicating it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary.
Question 3: "A Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana"—This initiative seeks to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana as a medical drug. It calls for no penalties for "qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana."
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Editor Becca Manning contributed to this guide