The City of Boston will vote in a historic election on Tuesday, but it is not the only Eastern Massachusetts community headed to the polls.
Cities and towns throughout the state will vote in municipal elections, some with mayoral races and/or ballot measures up for grabs.
Take a look at some of the notable contests on the ballot in the communities around Boston. Next
Newton voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the city’s next mayor and fill seats on the School Committee and Board of Aldermen.
Incumbent Mayor Setti Warren (pictured) is facing alderman Ted Hess-Mahan, a former supporter who has lobbed sharp criticisms about the current administration’s transparency and record on affordable housing.
Newton has contested Alderman-at-Large, ward alderman and School Committee seats.
In addition to the city-wide races, the Neighborhood Area Council will host elections for Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls, Waban, and Newtonville. Next
Revere voters will decide whether to support the proposed casino at Suffolk Downs, which would be located in both Revere and East Boston, on Tuesday. In order for the project to go through, both communities would have to approve the casino referendum.
If the casino passes, the city of Revere will receive about $15 million from it each year. The agreement calls for at least 250 temporary construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs to go to Revere residents. In addition, it calls for the casino to spend $7.5 million annually with Revere businesses.
In addition to the casino referendum, residents will vote on Councilor-at-Large, ward city councilor, and School Committee seats. Next
Lawrence mayoral incumbent William Lantigua (pictured) is seeking to turn back a challenge from City Councilor-at-Large Dan Riveria.
Lantigua’s first term was embroiled in controversy: several of his close allies were indicted on state and federal investigations, two former City Hall employees filed wrongful terminations lawsuits against him, and Lawrence’s police force saw about 40 layoffs followed by a spike in crime.
Challenger Rivera told the Globe he expected a close final race.
“Every vote is going to count,” Rivera said. “If folks think about the last four years and reflect on the negativity, they should come out and vote and make a difference. If they do that, we should be OK.” Next
Voters in the city of Woburn are set to take part in one of the most controversial elections in the state.
Incumbent Mayor Scott D. Galvin (pictured) totaled his city-owned car on a rainy night two years ago after attending an event where he drank wine. Afterwards he failed to take a sobriety test, an apparent violation of city policy. The other driver was found at fault.
His challenger John P. Flaherty, a local businessman and philanthropist, allegedly threatened to kill a business partner “with a .38 to the head.”
Voters can also write in the name of another contender as part of a write-in campaign. Next
Somerville residents will be voting for mayor, Board of Alderman, and School Committee seats on Tuesday.
Current Mayor Joseph Curtatone is running unopposed for his sixth term.
Seven candidates, including four incumbents, face off for four alderman-at-large seats.
Several of the ward races for alderman and School Committee members are contested. Next
Franklin residents will have the opportunity to change the Treasurer-Collector position from an elected one to an appointed one by amending the town’s charter. The position comes with no voting, policy-making or budget-making authority, and is purely administrative.
Additionally, voters will also vote in a non-binding referendum about whether the town favors a mayoral form of government. Next
Like Boston, the city of Beverly is set to have their first contested mayoral election in several years.
Mike Cahill, 51, a former state representative and Beverly City Council President will face off against Wes Slate, 63, a telecommunications manger and three-term city councilor. Whoever wins will succeed the nine-term Mayor Bill Scanlon. Both candidates hope to generate new tax revenue and boost economic development into Beverly.
Scanlon who is retiring as Beverly’s longest –serving mayor, has endorsed Slate. Next
Twenty-five candidates are vying for nine spots on the Cambridge City Council on Tuesday. The field includes seven incumbents and 18 challengers. Two current city councilors, including Mayor Henrietta Davis, are not seeking re-election.
In addition to the city council race, nine candidates, including four incumbents, are running for the city’s six School Committee seats. Next
Tuesday’s election will focus on who will become the town’s next mayor.
Two-term incumbent Mayor Linda Balzotti (pictured) will run against challenger Bill Carpenter, a city Health Department enforcement officer.
The issues surrounding the mayoral election are a proposed gas-fired power plant, violent crime, revenue, and taxes. Next
Three-term Mayor Carlo DeMaria (pictured) is defending his seat against Alderman Robert Van Campen in the Everett mayoral election on Tuesday.
The referendum to allow a casino to be built on a former chemical factory site was approved in June and has played a role in the duel.
In addition to the mayoral contest, Everett voters will decide on City Councilor-at-Large, ward councilors and School Committee seats. Next
Waltham’s municipal election will feature candidates running for City Council at-large and district seats, and School Committee.
There are 12 candidates for six at-large council seats, as well as each of the city’s nine wards.
Six candidates, including two incumbents, will battle for three School Committee seats. Next
While not a big year for political races in Quincy, this year’s election will be filled with significant ballot questions.
Voters will decide on whether or not to: extend the mayoral term from two years to four years, expand funding for community preservation projects, and combine the city’s two high schools.
Pictured: Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch Next
In one of the only contested races on the town’s 2013 ballot, four candidates will contend for three open seats on Marlborough’s School Committee.
Two incumbents, Mark Hediger and Michelle Bodin-Hettinger, will face off against newcomers Denise Ryan and Early Geary. Back to the beginning
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