Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Gabriel Gomez visited Hobart Avenue in Braintree Tuesday afternoon.
David and Pat Lear supported their Congressman, Democrat Stephen Lynch, in the primary race that ended with Lynch losing to U.S. Rep. Ed Markey on April 30. Soon after, the Braintree couple reached out to the campaign of Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and Cohasset businessman who topped the Republican field. As Gomez and Markey move toward the June 25 general election, Gomez is leveraging his moderate conservatism to go after independent voters and Lynch supporters like the Lears. "Markey is too far out on the left," said Will Ritter, Gomez's press secretary. "They don't feel like he represents them." Gomez visited the Lears, along with grandson Dan Regan and Pat's sister Judy Starr at the Lears' in-law apartment on Hobart Avenue …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The U.S. Senate candidate met with a family on Hobart Avenue Tuesday afternoon.
Republican Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and Cohasset businessman running for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Secretary of State John Kerry, met with David and Pat Lear, Dan Regan and Judy Starr on Hobart Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Sitting around a dining room table, the extended family and Gomez talked about the balanced budget amendment, wedge politics in Washington and how the candidate differs from opponent U.S. Rep. Ed Markey. For more on the meeting and more photos, look to Braintree Patch Wednesday morning.
Monday, May 6, 2013
The Braintree elementary school held a road race on Sunday.
U.S. Senate Candidate Gabriel Gomez, a Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL from Cohasset, ran unannounced in Sunday's Cinco De Mayo 5k Fun Run/Walk at Ross Elementary School. The overall winner – male was James Fisk of Brighton and overall winner – female winner was Paula Smith of Braintree. Gomez ran in the 8 a.m. race and came in first in his age group, 40-49. Gomez faces U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Malden, in the special election June 25 to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Polls are open until 8 p.m.
Polling locations in Braintree have seen steady but slow participation so far on Tuesday, with a midday turnout of 12 percent. That could deliver an end-of-day number of 24 percent, slightly lower than Town Clerk Joe Power's prediction of 26 percent. "These are the dedicated voters," Powers said. Secretary of State William Galvin predicted 19 percent turnout statewide. There was little visible political activity in Braintree Tuesday. The sign holders that dotted each polling location during the November election were nowhere to be seen. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, whose Congressional district includes Braintree, is expected to do well in Braintree and surrounding communities. For interviews with each of the candidates in today's primary, go …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The primary is Tuesday, April 30 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Town Clerk Joe Powers is predicting turnout next Tuesday of 26 percent for the Special State Primary Election to nominate Republican and Democratic candidates to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State John Kerry. That would be up slightly from the last special election primary, when in December 2009 Scott Brown and Martha Coakley were nominated by their parties in the race for Ted Kennedy's senate seat and just less than 25 percent of registered voters in Braintree showed up to the polls. The average local turnout for special state primaries since 2001 is 29 percent. "Unfortunately, we're probably looking at average or slightly below average turnout next week," Powers said. Despite that prediction, Powers said that turnout could …
We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts.
Patch editors interviewed each of the candidates running for U.S. Senate in the April 30 special election. We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts. The editors asked both broad questions about policy, as well as opinions on more local, regional issues. Click on the links below to read the questions and answers with each candidate… Stephen Lynch Edward Markey Brett Rhyne (write-in candidate) Gabriel Gomez Michael Sullivan Daniel Winslow
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A special election is being held to fill the seat left open by Secretary of State John Kerry.
Voters have until 8 p.m. this evening to register to vote in the April 30 primary for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by now Secretary of State John Kerry. Final voter registration on April 10 will take place during extended hours at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are also now available for the primary. Call the Braintree Town Clerk's office at 781-794-8240 with any questions. Candidates on the ballot: Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) Republican Michael Sullivan Gabriel Gomez State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) Independent Jack E. Robinson Only those unaffiliated with a political party or those enrolled as Democrats or Republicans will be able to vote in the primary. The …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Candidates for U.S. Senate Democratic nomination squared off in Lowell Monday.
U.S. Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey met in their second debate Monday ahead of the Democratic U.S. Senate special primary in a contest that contained few fireworks outside of an exchange on health care. The debate, held at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and sponsored by the college and the Boston Herald, lasted about 45 minutes and touched a wide variety of issues on which the two Democrats mostly agreed. An early question was asked about the candidates' positions on the Affordable Care Act. Markey (D-Malden) voted in favor of the bill that passed in 2010 while Lynch (D-South Boston) was one of few Democrats who opposed it. Markey said voting for the bill was the "proudest vote of my Congressional career." He said …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Boston Herald reported that Lynch said party leaders are discouraging people from donating to his campaign.
U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Stephen Lynch (D-Boston) took aim at his party leaders for getting behind U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Malden) in the primary fight, reported the Boston Herald. “They haven’t been fair,” Lynch told the Herald about the Democratic leaders. “No they haven’t been fair. I think they’ve done their best to discourage people from sending me contributions from Washington. They’ve basically said Markey’s our guy, don’t give to Lynch.” Lynch faces an uphill battle as the party bosses have backed the Malden Democrat. A recent WBUR poll found that Markey has a 11-point lead over Lynch (35 percent to 24 percent). The two men square off on April 30 in the Democratic primary to replace former Sen. John Kerry. Read the full …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
GOP and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate debated Wednesday night at the Channel 5 studios in Needham.
In the days leading up to the first Democratic U.S. Senate debate, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) has been called upon frequently to explain the vote he took against the health care reform bill in 2010. Wednesday night, Lynch and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Malden) went several rounds on the topic. They faced-off for 30 minutes at the Channel 5 studios in Needham following a contest among the three declared Republican candidates. For Markey, President Obama's initiative, aimed at universal health care coverage, was "the proudest vote of my career." "Steve, when that vote came up you were wrong," Markey said. For Lynch, taxes and a lopsided deal for insurance companies were among the problems that outweighted benefits such as the …