Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Tewksbury and the Merrimack Valley.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Tewksbury 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. 2012 State Election Sample Ballot Precincts 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 4 & 4A 2012 State Election Sample Ballot Precincts 3 & 3A Elections, Nominations & Precincts Voter Registration & Voter Registration Change Cards Absentee Voting Where Do I Vote? Military and Overseas Citizens Voting STATE: NATIONAL: Ballot 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 …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
State Rep. Paul Adams grabbed just enough votes to beat Andover selectman Alex Vispoli in the race for the Republican nomination for the Second Essex and Middlesex senate district.
State Rep. Paul Adams will be challenging Sen. Barry Finegold for his seat in the state senate in November, according to unofficial election results. Adams won the Republican nomination on Thursday, beating Andover selectman Alex Vispoli by less than 100 votes. Adams beat Vispoli, garnering 50.87 percent of the votes in the Second Essex and Middlesex district, which consists of Andover, Tewksbury, Dracut and Lawrence. In votes, Adams beat Vispoli with 2,648 votes to 2,557 votes. Finegold won the Democratic nomination unopposed. Vispoli did win the hometown he and Adams share, beating Adams 1,267 votes to 754 votes in Andover. Adams won in Tewksbury (678-404), Lawrence (368-352) and Dracut (848-534). In Tewksbury, just 2,109 out of 20,899 …
Voter and campaign participation is almost nonexistent in the first several hours of the State Primary.
What if you threw an election and nobody came? OK, that's a bit of hyperbole. But not by much. When it comes to today's State Primary, many voters seem to be saying, "Get back to us in November." According to Election Wardens at polling places throughout Tewksbury, voter turnout has been extremely slow as of 12 p.m. As of the Municipal Election in April, there were 20,709 registered voters in Tewksbury. At the present pace, 15 percent participation would seem overly optimistic. But what is more amazing is that there are scarce few campaigners holding signs and waving to voters outside the polling places. There were just two campaigners, both holding signs for incumbent state Rep. Jim Miceli, outside the Senior Center on Chandler Street. …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Writer says Vispoli has the business and government experience to be effective.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
To the Editor: I am writing to enthusiastically encourage support for Alex Vispoli’s campaign for State Senate. I have worked closely with Alex during the past 4.5 years while I have served on the Andover School Committee. Together Alex and I initiated the effort to consolidate Andover’s four technology organizations and create a Chief Information Officer position out of existing funds that has resulted in a clear vision and strategy to achieve both operational and educational advancements. We persisted through a two year process with many road blocks and objections. Eventually, the logic prevailed, the consolidation of both town and school technology departments began. This spring, Town Meeting with unanimous support of the Board of …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The two candidates running for the Second Essex and Middlesex Senate seat participated in a forum Thursday night in Andover.
State Rep. Paul Adams and Selectman Alex Vispoli, the two candidates fighting for the republican nomination for the Second Essex and Middlesex Senate seat, discussed private sector job growth, healthcare and personal experience during the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum Thursday. Both Vispoli and Adams also traded barbs during the forum, with Adams criticizing Vispoli's record of voting democrat and Vispoli calling out Adams' lack of private sector job experience and Adams' scandal with campaign finance. The two candidates will are hoping to garner the votes during the state primary next Thursday in order to win the republican nomination and face the incumbent, Sen. Barry Finegold. 'The forum, which was sponsored by the Andover…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Submit your questions to the League of Women Voters now for this week's state primary forum.
The League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover is sponsoring a State Primary Candidates Forum on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Andover Memorial Library. State Rep. Paul Adams and Andover Selectman Alex Vispoli, Republican candidates for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District State Senate seat, have both said they would attend the forum. Candidates for Register of Deeds Northern Essex will also participate. The event will feature only questions submitted in advance, so League members and others are encouraged to submit all questions in advance via email before Aug. 30 to VoterServiceAndover@lwv-andovers.org.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Bits of knowledge to help you be the smartest person heading for college this weekend.
Here are five pieces of information designed to get your weekend off to an early start and to help make you the smartest person in the coffee shop. 1. Your 3-Day Weekend Weather Forecast: According to the NWS, today will be sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. 2. Go To Jail, Go To Directly To Jail: The Tewksbury Police Department is taking part in a law enforcement crackdown on drunk (and otherwise impaired) drivers through the end of the Labor Day Weekend. Chances will be better than ever that thgose people stupid enough to drink and drive will be arrested. 3. Reader Comment of the Day: "Roy and Lauren should both be totally ashamed of themselves, and like others have said this is just …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Letter writer endorses GOP challenger in State Senate race.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Dear Editor, Do our current State elected officials not care? Are the tax payers of this state not entitled to complete transparency in our State Budget, where our hard earned dollars get distributed? I have had enough of the political gamesmanship at the State House. The state budget should have been in print for 24 hours before being passed. I am glad Alex Vispoli, candidate for State Senate, spoke out on this issue. Clearly no one read the budget if it wasn't in print. That's plain wrong. It is time for new leaders at the State House. I am with Vispoli for Senate. Greg Minasian Andover
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bits of knowledge to help make you the smartest person stuck in rush-hour traffic.
Here are five pieces of information designed to get your Tuesday off on the right foot and to help make you the smartest person in your family. 1. Your 3-Day Local Weather Forecast: According to the NWS, today we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 2. Quote of the Day: “He should apologize for cheating during the last election and lying to voters (Saturday) morning.” Andover Selectman and State Senate candidate, talking about is GOP Primary …
Monday, July 23, 2012
GOP State Senate rivals debated over the weekend on AM980 WCAP.
Republican State Senate Candidate Alex Vispoli claims his GOP Primary rival, state Rep. Paul Adams, R-Andover, lied about campaign donations from family members and about fines imposed by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Vispoli, an Andover selectman, alleges Adams made false statements and refused to admit wrongdoing during a debate, Saturday morning on AM980 WCAP. “I am deeply disappointed and disturbed that Adams would lie to the voters about the fact that he was fined $4,000 for campaign finance violations. Instead of apologizing for breaking the law, he denied it. It shows a total lack of respect for the people,” said Vispoli. The fines handed down by the OCPF had to do with money given to Adams by his parents and brother…