By Sue Ellen Woodcock
Revere voters will head off to one of 21 polling places in the city on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to cast their vote for one of four Presidential candidates and their running mates as well as several state and county positions and four questions. The four ballot questions appear on page 10.
Voters will choose for Presidents and Vice-President between the teams of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine; Gary Johnson and William Weld; Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka; or Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Also on the ballot several unopposed races. Katherine Clark for US Congress; Terrence Kennedy for sixth district councillor; Joe Boncore for State Senate; RoseLee Vincent for State Rep.; and Steven Tompkins for sheriff.
Revere’s State Rep. RoseLee Vincent, a Democrat, is running unopposed and personally she is focused on the Presidential election.
“I could never vote for Donald Trump,” she said, not mentioning Hillary Clinton. “I think it’s sad this is the best we can do.”
Also unopposed is Winthrop’s State Senator Joe Boncore, also a Democrat, said he is helping out his colleagues who have opposition. Down on Cape Cod he’s been stumping for Julian Cyr. In the Lawrence area it’s been Barbara L’italian and in the Springfield area, Boncore has been stumping for Eric Lesser.
“I’ve been up to New Hampshire a couple of times for Hillary and looking at that election,” Boncore said, adding that he hopes early voting doesn’t deter people from coming out on election days.
As for the ballot question neither candidate has a favorite one, although Vincent is against Question 1 regarding a slots parlor.
“The best way to legislate is not through ballot question but through legislators,” Boncore said, Vincent agreed.
Voters will also vote for one of four candidates for Register of Deeds — Stephen Murphy, Margherita Ciamp-Coyne, Joseph Donnelly Jr. or John Keith.
Running unopposed for Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School District are: Michael Wall, Henry Hooten, Judith Dyment, Peter Orsetti Jr., Lawrence Means,, Vincent Carisella, John Bradley and Deborah Davis. running contested seat for the same committee are Jeanne Feeley versus Richard Gerokoulis and Ron Jannino versus Louis Spagnola.
Finally voters will tackle four ballot initiative questions. Question 1 seeks to allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one license for a shot parlor casino with 1,250 slot machines. Question 2 attempts to expand the number of charter schools in the state. Question 3 asks voters to stop putting animals, like chickens and pigs, in confined situations. Question 4 asks whether or not recreational marijuana should be legalized.
Back on Nov. 2, 2012 Revere had 26,304 registered voters for the presidential election and just over 64 percent of voters came out to support Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
There are 27,570 registered voters in Revere for this election.