Tuesday is Election Day, and voters in Peabody can begin hitting their designated polling centers at 7 a.m. Peabody has 13 polling locations for its six wards and 19 precincts. Polls close at 8 p.m. and results will be available through the city clerks office.
Aside from the well-documented presidential, senatorial and congressional races voters in Ward 5, Precint 2, and Ward 6 in Peabody will be deciding one of the more interesting local races on the ballot: the state representative race between Democratic incumbent Ted Speliotis, and Republican challenger Daniel Bennett.
Bennett put 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.
Speliotis has represented the district, which also includes all of Danvers, and one precinct in Middleton, for more than two decades. He has been in office since 1997 after having held the seat from 1979 to 1986.
The state Senate race pits Democratic challenger Joan Lovely, of Salem, against Republican incumbent Richard Jolitz, of Beverly, in the Second Essex District, which covers all of Peabody.
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.
Questions can also be directed to the city clerk at 978-538-5900.
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