Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The U.S. Senate candidates have one week to go before voters head to the polls.
Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey spent their final debate Tuesday night before next week's U.S. Senate special election clashing over their records and who has the better vision for both their commonwealth and their country. It was about halfway through the debate, during a segment that allowed the candidates to question each other directly, when Peabody entered the conversation. Markey said Gomez was on the board of directors for a Peabody-based global company that laid off local workers and sent those jobs overseas. Federal assistance then went to help those workers, he said. "Wasn’t there a way to keep the jobs here in Peabody, Massachusetts?" Markey asked. Gomez' response was that the company, Synventive Molding Solutions, along with …
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Debate to air on WCVB Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Another U.S. Senate election for Massachusetts is drawing to a close, with the two combatants set to square off one final time before voters head to the polls June 25. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey of Malden and Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez will hold the last of three debates Tuesday evening in the race to fill the seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The debate will air live from 7 to 8 p.m. on WCVB (Channel 5). The debate will be moderated by R.D. Sahl of Boston University. The two previous debates for the candidates were held in Boston and Springfield. Recent polling has suggested an edge for Markey in the race. Both candidates have received visits from high-profile …
Saturday, June 15, 2013
If the special election was today, who would you choose as our new U.S. senator?
A week from Tuesday, Massachusetts voters will decide who to elect in the special election to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. We want to know - if the election was today - who would you vote for? Candidates Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez have been pullling out all the stops in the last two weeks as the latest polls show the gap is narrowing between the two. After weeks of relative quiet, the negative ads have started to clog the airways and both candidates have had high-profile folks stumping for them. Rudy Guiliani was in town last week putting his support behind Gomez and President Obama came to Boston this week showing his support for Markey. So tell us, if you had to vote today who would …
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Gun control, health care, economy, foreign policy among major topics in first meeting of candidates.
Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey engaged Wednesday in their first debate before the U.S. Senate special election this month, and the tone was markedly similar to the tone of the overall campaign thus far. Gomez, the Republican Cohasset businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL, and Markey, the Democratic Malden congressman since his election in 1976, jabbed at each other during the hour-long debate at WBZ-TV's studios and sponsored by the news station and the Boston Globe. Topics for the evening included gun control, health care, the economy, foreign policy, recent national political scandals, immigration and abortion. Time and again, Gomez pounded Markey for his years in Washington, painting the congressman as out of touch with Bay State …
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
One more city councilor says he's planning to retire from public office after this year. James Liacos is finishing up his seventh straight term as a Councilor-at-Large.
Thirty-four years and six weeks is enough. Longtime Peabody city councilor James Liacos told reporters Tuesday he has decided not to run for re-election, thereby leaving an open seat on the council. Liacos, 61 and a Peabody native, may very likely even be the longest serving public official ever in the Tanner City. He spent 20 straight years (five terms) on the School Committee before winning an At-Large seat on the council 14 years ago. Liacos said he and City Clerk Tim Spanos looked over the records and it appears that only former Mayor Michael Bonfanti came close to that record, give or take a year, with his tenure as a Library Trustee and Municipal Light Commissioner before spending a decade in the corner office. "I've been doing it an…
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
School board members, parents and principals agree: safety is an issue by opening the city's schools to all kinds of strangers to vote. Parking also poses challenges. They say safer sites may be churches, supermarkets and the senior center.
The Peabody School Committee wants to remove voting from the city's schools. Citing safety concerns for students and the disruption to the school day as the main issues, board members agreed Tuesday night to send a letter to local election officials to ask for the change and instead, consider alternative locations for polling sites, such as the senior center, churches and supermarkets. Welch School Principal Monique Nappi and about 20 parents were in the audience to support the effort. School Committee member Brandi Carpenter distributed several letters of support from parents and teachers, Nappi and two parents spoke Tuesday night and 253 people signed a petition. "We fully understand that this undertaking will require additional …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Peter McGinn would pose the first challenge city councilor Arthur Athas has faced since winning the seat in a hard-fought race in 2005.
Earlier this week, Peabody native Peter McGinn announced he will be running for a seat on the City Council -- the seat currently held by Arthur Athas. McGinn, a Park Street resident and 1981 Peabody High grad, said he would be pulling nomination papers from the City Clerk's office and forming a campaign committee soon. He already has a Facebook page. “I love our city and I’m excited to seek elected office. I would consider it an honor to represent the citizens of Ward 2 on the City Council,” he said in a statement. “Through my participation with several groups and advocacy on key issues, I am familiar with the workings of the City Council. I am confident I can be effective in this role,” McGinn said. McGinn is the Director of Global …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
There is a lot of campaigning to do before the Democrat and Republican face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head-to-head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month-and-a-half of campaigning still to come, we wanted to stop and ask: if the special election was held today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Here's how Peabody voted in the U.S. Senate Primary on Tuesday. Overall turnout was 17 percent of registered voters.
The race to become Massachusetts' next U.S. Senator now comes down to Democrat Congressman Ed Markey and Republican businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez. Tuesday in Peabody, Gomez secured a solid victory over his Republican opponents Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow as he did statewide, but it was Democrat Congressman Stephen Lynch who bucked the larger trend with a 164-vote margin over Markey. Here's a look at the local results: Overall turnout for the special election primary to eventually succeed former Sen. John Kerry was 17 percent in Peabody, slightly higher than City Clerk Tim Spanos had predicted. The total number of registered voters is about 35,100. "I'll take it," Spanos said Tuesday night. He said he hopes the final…