Thursday, May 2, 2013
It didn't take two scouts long to score their first sale at the polls in Precincts 1 and 2.
The two local girl scouts, from Troop 68013, no sooner arranged the cookie boxes on a table in the Senior Center lobby than they made their first sale. They set up around 4 p.m. and within a minute a voter bought a box of thin mints. Here's a Patch clip of the sale.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The School Committee has two new members, Amy O'Connor and Carin Marshall.
Two challengers won School Committee seats in local elections Tuesday. And the selectmen's race had no incumbents, so the two winners are new faces. But one of this year's winners in the selectmen's race was an incumbent who lost last year — Matt Strauss. This time around he was the leading vote getter among all candidates in contested races, tallying 1,676 votes. The difference? He worked the campaign trail, knocking on doors — about 600 of them — and talking with residents, said Strauss. He was in high spirits at Town Hall. "(2012) I didn't work hard enough," he said. He learned his lesson and now he looks forward to working with selectmen and the town administrator and for residents, he said. Strauss will be joined by John Callahan, …
The town clerk offered a few reasons for Tuesday's turnout.
A 28 percent voter turnout in Tuesday's elections was a good number. By comparison, the turnout for local elections in 2012 was 21 percent and 18 percent in 2011. Town Clerk Susan Duplin and Assistant Town Clerk Connie Hayes attributed this year's increased activity to dual elections — voters cast special primary and local election ballots — the fine sunny day and contested local races. The 28 percent figure was right in line with the town clerk's prediction, too. A day before the election she said that, if she had to guess the turnout, she would put it at 25 to 30 percent. For the complete unofficial results, check out election wrap-up story.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Today is the primary election for the US Senate seat formerly occupied by John Kerry.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Check for polling places and times, absentee ballot information and a sample ballot.
1) Newsbit of the Day: The polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Election Day. Check Swampscott Patch throughout the day Tuesday for reports from each polling location and on voter turnout. Who's on the ballot? Check out the sample ballot attached to this article. Polling Places: Swampscott has three polling places and two precincts at each polling place. The precincts are listed below and starred on the map on the right side of this page (scroll over each star with your cursor to see the location, If you have any questions about whether you are registered to vote or where you vote call call 781-596-8855, or email the town clerk —firstname.lastname@example.org Swampscott Polling Locations Precincts 1 & 2. Swampscott Senior …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Resident Mary Bragan urges voters to support Carin Marshall for School Committee.
I am writing in support of Carin Marshall for School Committee. As a parent of 4 children- two who have already gone through the Swampscott school system and two who are currently at Clarke Elementary, I have seen the changes that our schools and school committees have gone through over the years. We are at a point now when a change is needed. Carin will bring a new perspective to the School Committee that would greatly benefit Swampscott’s students. As President of the Clarke PTA Carin has become a well known face to all the children and respected member of our community. She has shown herself, through her actions, to be a dedicated advocate for our kids. Carin believes that is important to be an active member of the community and …
Friday, April 26, 2013
We asked the three candidates for School Committee four questions to give you a sense of why they are running for office and the issues they think are important to the town. Their answers are below.
The School Committee has two open seats, both for 3-year terms. The candidates are Jaren Landen, Carin Marshall and Amy O'Connor. We put the four questions below to each candidate: Questions: 1. Please tell us about yourself — whatever you would like voters to know about you? 2. Why are you running? 3. a. If you are running for the Board of Selectmen, what is the most important issue facing the board? b. If you are running for the School Committee, what is the most important issue facing the committee? 4. How would you help solve this issue? Below are responses the candidates sent us: 1. Please tell us about yourself — whatever you would like voters to know about you? I am Jaren Landen, Ph.D, and I am running for re-election to the …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
We asked the four candidates for selectmen four questions to give you a sense of why they are running for office and the issues they think are important to the town. Their answers are below.
The Board of Selectmen has two open seats, both for 3-year terms. The candidates are Matthew Strauss, Patryk Januszewski, John J. Callahan and Charles Patsios. Below are their responses to four question we put to them. 1. Please tell us about yourself — whatever you would like voters to know about you? I am a 22 year resident of Swampscott. Currently, I reside in precinct 2, on Duke Street. I have been married to my wife Danielle for 31 years. We have three children: two sons, Joshua & Jacob and our daughter Jacqueline. I have been a town meeting member for 12 years. Professionally, I possess over 30 years of operations management experience, a great training ground for the office of Selectman. As both a General Manager and a District …
The four candidates appeared at a forum Monday at Swampscott High School.
Four candidates for the Board of Selectmen fielded questions including those on flooding, ZBA appointments and the state of local government at a forum Monday. Matt Strauss, Patryk Januszewski, John J. Callahan and Charles Patsios are competing for two open selectmen seats, both for 3-year terms. Swampscott voters will elect two of them on Tuesday, April 30, barring a tie. On Monday, at Swampscott High, they took turns responding to questions from a panel of Swampscott Reporter and Marblehead Reporter journalists. Asked how important it is that the town find a solution to drainage problems, and the extent to which the candidates would invest in that solution, Matt Strauss said he favors a step-by-step approach. He said the town should …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Three candidates returned nomination papers for School Committee seats.
Town Clerk Susan Duplin reported the following about candidates who returned nomination papers for open seats on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. The Board of Selectmen has two open seats, both for 3-year terms. Candidates in no particular order: Matthew Strauss Patryk Januszewski John J. Callahan Charles Patsios The School Committee has two seats, both for 3-year terms. Candidates in no particular order: Jaren Landen (incumbent) Amy L. O’Connor Carin T. Marshall We will report the candidates who returned papers for the remaining offices at a later date. Below are the names of those who pulled papers for those remaining elective offices. MODERATOR-Vote for not more than One-1-Year Term Joseph Markarian …