automatic re-count Wednesday? Matewsky wins special election
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#1 Apr 3, 2013
EVERETT, Mass.( MyFoxBoston.com )– We won't know officially until later Wednesday, but preliminary results show City Councilor Wayne Matewsky has won a special election in Everett.
Matewsky is the councilor who allegedly berated a girl with special needs at a Texas Roadhouse last month.
Matewsky denies the claims, and despite the controversy, he refused to take his name off the ballot for state representative.
City Hall officials told FOX 25 that Matewsky won by 49 votes in Tuesday's vote, pulling out ahead of write-in candidate and former Everett Mayor John Hanlin.
There is an automatic re-count Wednesday. FOX 25 will bring you the final results when they come in.
Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/21863223/201...
political veteran win Mass. House election
In Everett, Democrat Wayne Matewsky won the seat by 49 votes, according to the city clerk’s office.
Matewsky, a 30-year veteran of Everett politics, will replace Stephen “Stat” Smith. Smith resigned from the House in January after pleading guilty to casting invalid absentee ballots.
With a 35-percent-to-33-
percent edge, Matewsky beat former Everett mayor John Hanlon, who ran a write-in campaign.
Ward 5 Common Councilor Rosa DiFlorio earned 20 percent of the vote, and former Everett School Committee member Dennis Gianatassio garnered 11 percent.
About 3,600 residents voted in the special election.
Matewsky, who began his political career at the age of 20, is an Everett councilman representing Ward 1.
“I’m very happy,” Matewsky said.“It’s was a long 3˝ months. I lost 16 pounds!”
He said that he will put much of his focus on senior citizens, veterans, and working families.
“I’ve been at this since 1981 and in 32 years, this is the best reward I could ever receive.”
#2 Apr 3, 2013
It should be no reward. You conned the elderly AGAIN with free food, parties,etc. The City of Everett is the laughing stock of Massachusetts.
#3 Apr 3, 2013
Will they go over the validity of ALL absentee ballots? I feel they should after what the disgraced Smith has done....
#4 Apr 3, 2013
the people have spoken, the best man won, too bad your guy didn't get in, now go away and shut up
#5 Apr 3, 2013
I think Joe McGonagle should apologize for not making it clearer that he wasn't running. And Santigate, move out of Everett, you jerk. Ther's the 53 votes that John needed. Are you proud of yourselves?
#6 Apr 4, 2013
How about blaming the voters?
#7 Apr 4, 2013
Santigate is loud and obnoxious.
#8 Apr 4, 2013
Hey Ear-plugs and Everett,
Your both right. there is plenty of blame to go around. I think I'm most upset with the low mentality the city seems to have. Putting aside the Roadhouse issue, Wayne has a jaded past and a following of low lives and seniors that have been corned.
McGonagle should have taken a position and supported Hanlon or maybe he wanted Wayne to win. I don't believe he did. Lots of people say strong leadership from Joe... well he didn't show it when it counted the most.
Sanigate is a joke, seems disturbed in the mind.
I give Hanlon a big thank you for a stella campaign on a wrire in basis. It's one of the most difficult ways to go and his hard work and determination took him to with in fifty votes. He loves Everett and Wayne couldn't do half the job Hanlon would have done. This is a sad time in Everett's history.
#9 Apr 5, 2013
I always vote and I don't care who endorses who. I have a mind of my own and will always vote for whom I think will do the best job. BTW, I didn't vote for Wayne.
What if it was McGonagle running on the sticker/ write in campaign, would Hanlon have come out and endorsed him? The answer is, no. Ask Hanlon or call McGonagle and find out what really went down behind the scenes. McGonagle was a gentleman and kept his mouth shut or Hanlon's loss would have been by a much larger margin.
McGonagle lost the primary by 51 votes and Hanlon lost the election by 49 votes. I personally think Wayne pulled this off with his absentee votes both times.
If I were to blame anyone, I would blame the State for not cracking down on the absentee BS. Wayne plays the game better than anyone else and really needs to be stopped. The apathy from the voters doesn't help either. I don't care who anyone votes for, as long as they get out and vote.
These last two elections were so close and it proves every vote counts.
#10 Apr 5, 2013
How can anyone think all those 53 write ins would have gone to Hanlon. It was obviously a vote against the four on the ballot.
It was the absentees not the 53 write ins.
#11 Apr 5, 2013
Absentee ballot change will enable more qualified voters to participate in elections.
LWV in Support of Absentee Ballot Reform
April 4, 2013
By Independent Staff
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts testified Wednesday, March 27, in support of a proposed Constitutional amendment to remove the restrictions on obtaining an absentee ballot and allow voters to request an absentee ballot without stating a reason. This change will enable more qualified voters to participate in elections.
The Joint Committee on Election Laws hearing covered several proposed Constitutional amendments to permit no-excuse absentee ballots. The League testified in support of H.63, sponsored by Rep William Straus.
Currently, the Massachusetts Constitution specifies voters can only vote by absentee ballot if they will be out of town on Election Day, have a physical disability that prevents them from going to the polls or have a religious reason not to vote on Election Day. The Straus bill would add absentee voting “by qualified voters of the commonwealth who might otherwise choose to vote prior to the date of the election.”
Linda Freedman, the state League’s specialist on election and voting rights, testified that the three reasons listed in the Constitution for absentee voting are insufficient. She noted, for example, many elderly voters cannot wait in long lines, and voters with long commutes may not be in their towns during polling hours.
“Even volunteers working at the polls may have difficulty getting to their own polling places during the hours they are open,” she said.
The Massachusetts League also plans to testify at an April 3 Joint Committee on Election Laws hearing on proposed legislation to change election laws in the state.
#12 Apr 5, 2013
This group is NUTS. I've already sent them reason after reason why there should be stiffer policies and of course, I've heard nothing from them.
Go 20 miles north into NH and it's a whole new world with none of this crap. That's because they THINK before electing a governor!
#13 Apr 5, 2013
Joe did let us down just like Rosa let us down. Joe doesn't like Hanlon but should have at the least said he was out of the race and maybe back anyone of the canidates. Another Everett Politician with no back bone. LETS ALL THANK JOE WHEN HE MAKES A RUN FOR MAYOR AND VOTE FOR SANTIGATE.
Can't think of one thing Smith did for Everett. That will be the mark for Wayne.
#14 Apr 5, 2013
You know what, with the exception of Dennis Giantassio, they are ALL to blame. They were all on ego trips, and instead of ALL OF THEM putting their egos aside..... and choosing the one person that wanted the job, and could beat Wayne. Instead, a lot of baby nonsense took place from EVERYONE with the - " He said, She said" Geez it would have only been a year then anyone can campaign for it on their OWN ISSUES. They ALL blew it acting like babies and who has the last laugh..but Wayne.
#15 Apr 5, 2013
Sorry but I respectfully disagree with you. They all had the right to run and we all had the right to vote for whomever.
It's up to the candidate to get out their vote and to try to promote themselves to help bring about a larger voter turnout. It appears Hanlon worked very hard at this and was able to come very close.
It makes no sense to blame the candidates. The voters are to blame. They elected Wayne and of course the absentees made the difference.
#16 Apr 5, 2013
It's not over till it's over. It's not yet final.
Wait until Tuesday, then we will know.
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