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Haverhill’s ELECTION NOV. 5 2013 is the Most Important Vote.

DSC_0293 Haverhill election VOTE

The Heartbeat of Haverhill is here to remind you that Haverhill’s election on Nov. 5 2013 is in fact the most important vote you will have this year.

THE RESULTS ARE IN AND 22% OF HAVERHILL VOTERS PARTICIPATED….HMMMMM

COMPILED CANDIDATE INFORMATION FROM EAGLE TRIBUNE

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MAYORAL CANDIDATES:         ELECTED JAMES FIORENTINI

Fiorentini   http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x934970398/Fiorentini-Running-the-city

Kimball  http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x934970381/Kimball-Kids-must-learn-about-agriculture-news

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES:

ELECTED:    PAUL MAGLIOCCHETTI   JOSEPH BEVILACQUA    MAURA RYAN-CIARDIELLO

http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x1442593327/Haverhill-School-Committee-candidates

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15 CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES DIVIDED INTO TWO CATEGORIES INCUMBENT AND CHALLENGERS

ELECTED:  MELINDA BARRETT   MARY ELLEN DALY O’BRIEN   COLIN LEPAGE   WILLIAM MACEK   MICHAEL MCGONAGLE   JOHN MITCHITSON   WILLIAM RYAN   ROBERT SCATAMACCHIA   THOMAS SULLIVAN

http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x1909755538/No-Headline-Provided

http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x1909756728/Haverhill-City-Council-Challengers/?state=taberU

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“Impossible”, you say, when the mayor is running unopposed and there are no national or statewide elections on the ballot. NOTE: MAYOR FIORENTINI IS NO LONGER RUNNING UNOPPOSED. TYLER KIMBALL INITIATED A WRITE IN/STICKER CAMPAIGN.

Haverhill Election 2013 Mayoral cropped

But consider this, in the smaller universe of a city (rather than our state or our country) your vote counts for more. You “own” a higher percentage of the outcome based on the smaller population of a city versus a state. And the decisions made by the council and school committee directly and immediately affect the life you live in Haverhill. The city council and school committee make the decisions that determine how our city:  develops, addresses challenges and prepares our children for their future. A small voting minority could fairly easily press through its own agenda, if the majority fails to vote. Remember, the mayor does not make decisions in a vacuum. He works in conjunction with the city council. Together they should present opposing views to ensure decisions are approached from a variety of angles before being put into action.

The best voter is an educated voter, so make an effort to “Know before you go” to the ballot.

 HAVERHILL 2013 CANDIDATES FORUM  – Wednesday October 23 at 6pm

hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill

10 Welcome St, Haverhill, MA 01830

1. 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. School Committee candidate forum

2. 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. City Council candidate forum

Given the choice between voting in a local versus a national election, The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill says “vote both”, but if you want to see your vote make specific, almost instant, changes that can improve your quality of life right where you live, you must vote locally.

A well run city, especially one with constantly improving schools, increases the value of our properties, the city’s perception within the Commonwealth, attracts more businesses and is simply a better place to live.

Who do I vote for; there are so many choices?

Haverhill Election 2013 School Committee with captions

Obviously that choice is yours and the field is fairly large when you consider that for City Council, you will choose no more than 9 out of the 15 candidates. Candidates each serve a two-year term. For School Committee, you will choose no more than 3 out of the 5 candidates. Candidates each serve a three-year term.

Attached is a SAMPLE ballot for this election listing all the candidates. It is not an official ballot, in that you cannot use it to vote.  http://haverhill.boygenius.com/departments/Election/ballots/131105/131105.pdf

BIG NEWS!!!    How can I learn more about the candidates?

You can individually call them or check out their websites and Facebook pages, you can ask your neighbors and friends. Or, thanks to the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhil (LWV-GH)l http://www.lwv-gh.org/ , you will have the chance to hear from ALL the candidates and read their bios in one night. HCTV will air the forum several times, check for local listings, and WHAV will also report on the event.

Haverhill Election 2013 City Council with caption

HAVERHILL 2013 CANDIDATES FORUM  – Wednesday October 23 at 6pm

hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill

10 Welcome St, Haverhill, MA 01830

1. 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. School Committee candidate forum

2. 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. City Council candidate forum

MORE BIG NEWS!!!  Can I get MY concerns addressed in a forum like this?

Yes, you can. The LWV-GH is collecting citizen’s questions and they will be provided to the moderator for consideration based on available time. Questions may be sent to:   Carol Pelchat, LWVGH President – 978-702-4502 cpelchat@comcast.net, by Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Where do I go to vote on Nov. 5?

The list below tells you where to vote; we recommend carpooling with an elderly neighbor, a group of friends or others who might otherwise have a difficult time getting to the polling place.

Haverhill Voting Locations

Ward

Precinct

Location

Address

1

1

Consentino School 685 Washington St

1

2

Washington Square Elderly Housing 25 Washington Sq

1

3

Haverhill High School – Gymnasium 137 Monument St

2

1

Northpoint Bible College 320 South Main St

2

2

Hunking School – Art Room 98 Winchester St

2

3

Moody School 59 Margin St

3

1

Citizen Center 10 Welcome St

3

2

Haverhill Public Library Summer St

3

3

Universalist Unitarian Church Ashland St

4

1

Nettle School 150 Boardman St

4

2

Northern Essex Community College 100 Elliot St

4

3

Kennedy Circle Elderly Housing Kennedy Cir

5

1

Julian Steele Elderly Housing 772 Washington St

5

2

First Presbyterian Church 346 Broadway

5

3

West Congregational Church 767 Broadway

6

1

Haverhill High School 137 Monument St

6

2

John Greenleaf Whittier School 256 Concord St

6

3

Pentucket Lake School 252 Concord St

7

1

Elderly Housing Community Room Greystone Ave

7

2

Hunking School – Library 98 Winchester St

7

3

Bradford Elementary School 116 Montvale St

If you are new to town, or are among those of us who forget what ward or precinct we belong to, there is a fabulous “Where Do I Vote” feature provided by the State of Massachusetts website where you type in your street address one term at a time,  then with one click of the “Show My Results” button voila….you are told exactly where you need to go to vote. Once you get to your polling place, signage will direct you to the room.  http://wheredoivotema.com/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

What if I won’t be in town on Election Day?

This link brings you to Frequently Asked Questions about Absentee Ballots,  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htm or check with the Haverhill City Clerk.

Who is The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill?

We owe a great deal of thanks to the LWV-GH for providing this opportunity. The LWV-GH (whose ranks are currently comprised of 30% men BTW) is a relative new development in our community a little over 5 years old and is hoping to increase its strength and member base to provide more opportunities like this and to encourage voter registration. According to the LWV-GH website http://www.lwv-gh.org/

“The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Since 1920, it has fought to improve our systems of government and impact public policies.  The League is a grassroots organization; its enduring strength and importance comes from its inimitable decentralized structure that works at the local, state, and national levels.

LWV-GH is committed to opening the doors of government to all of Greater Haverhill’s citizens. Our goal is a representative system of government that is transparent, responsive, responsible, and supportive of citizen participation. Our organization’s membership is open to both men and women; and our monthly meetings are always well-attended.

LWV-GH works to keep the public well-informed about government and social policy issues, provides objective information about both critical public policy issues and candidates seeking office, and promotes voter service programs (such as voter registration).”

Haverhill needs your vote to keep the city going strong…And when you get to the Forum Wednesday night (Oct 23) or the polling place on November 5, tell them The Heartbeat of Haverhill sent you!

©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell

10 comments on “Haverhill’s ELECTION NOV. 5 2013 is the Most Important Vote.

  1. lynnefavreau
    October 21, 2013

    Excellent post Alison.

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      October 21, 2013

      Thank you Lynne! Spread the word I had a hard time finding out the information and that is what prompted this blog.

  2. Susan Goecke
    October 21, 2013

    Hi Alison! I look forward to each new post – I share your blog on a Facebook group called “You Know You’re From Haverhill When…” If you’re on Facebook you should check out the group – there’s a great mix of old/new Haverhill issues.

  3. Brain4Rent/THoH
    October 21, 2013

    Gee that’s terrific Susan, I really appreciate that you spread the word….I’ll check out your FB page later today! Thanks for reading.

  4. Kalister Green-Byrd
    October 21, 2013

    Great article about the LWV- GH organization and most of all the information regarding the importance of voting in local elections. I see it first hand because I am a poll worker. I enoy reading your blogs.Keep up the good woork!

  5. Brain4Rent/THoH
    October 21, 2013

    Thank you Kalister. It is an honor to have you reading my blog.

  6. M. Eva Rajczyk
    October 21, 2013

    Hi Alison! Great job! I shared your page on the LWV-GH Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LWVGreaterHaverhill?ref=hl) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/LWVGHav) pages, as well as some others I work on. Please visit us since often we have interesting events going on. And keep up the good work!

  7. Brain4Rent/THoH
    October 21, 2013

    Thank you M. Eva….looking forward to keeping better informed about LWV-GH activities esp. after meeting with Carole and learning of her passion that I am sure most of the members share.. Thanks for reading and sharing.

  8. Brain4Rent/THoH
    October 23, 2013

    Nice job LWV-GH very informative and thanks to the candidates for showing up willing to serve. And BTW we got home in time to watch the Red Sox if we were so inclined, But instead my husband and I compared lists of candidates and debated their rankings on our lists

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Alison Colby-Campbell

Brain4Rent/THoH

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Full-brain user demonstrating a healthy(?) obsession with marketing, promotion, writing, photography, house rabbits, the natural world, tennis, big and small problem solving, reading, hiking, HGTV and the flotsam & jetsam of everyday life. My three blogs Brain4Rent, The Heartbeat of Haverhill, Alison Colby-Campbell Photography are Wordpress based.

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