Voters in Danvers will head to the polls tomorrow, and aside from the presidential election, and the well-documented U.S. senatorial and congressional races, the town is home to one of the more interesting local races in the state.
Danvers voters will help to decide whether Republican Selectman Daniel Bennett unseats Democratic incumbent Ted Speliotis in the 13th Essex District for state representative. Bennett got his name on the ballot through a rare, successful write-in campaign during the state primaries in September, setting up a rematch of the 2010 election in which Bennett fell short of unseating Speliotis by less than 500 votes.
The state Senate race for Danvers pits Democratic challenger Joan Lovely, of Salem, against Republican incumbent Richard Jolitz, of Beverly, in the Second Essex District.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Results will be available through the town clerk's office.
Precincts 1 and 2 vote at Holten Richmond Middle School, Precincts Precincts 3 and 5 at Thorpe Elementary School, Precincts 4 and 6 at Smith Elementary School, and Precincts 7 and 8 at Danvers Senior Center. To find out where to vote, click here.
A sample ballot with information on each candidate and their positions on certain issues is available here. The ballot also includes three measures for voters to decide on:
Question 1. The Right to Repair Initiative - If passed, motor vehicle manufacturers would be required to allow vehicle owners and independent repair facilities in Massachusetts to have access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturers' Massachusetts dealers and authorized repair facilities.
Question 2. The Death with Dignity Initiative - If passed, physicians licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at the request of a terminally-ill patient meeting certain conditions, to end that person's life.
Question 3. The Medical Marijuana Initiative - If passed, state criminal and civil penalties related to the medical use of marijuana will be eliminated, allowing patients meeting certain conditions to obtain marijuana produced and distributed by new state-regulated centers or, in specific hardship cases, to grow marijuana for their own use.
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