Election Roundup: Cram For Tuesday's Election

A round-up of election coverage on the issues.

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Westborough voters will choose a state representative and a state senator. Two of the three incumbent state representatives have challengers. Rep. Matthew Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) is unopposed for re-election in the Eleventh Worcester District, which includes Westborough Precincts 4 and 5.

If you're still trying to make up your mind, or want to brush up on the candidates' stances on a variety of issues, click through the links below in our round-up of coverage of local races. Be sure to read Westborough Patch throughout the day tomorrow for information on where to vote, reports from the polls and election results once the polls close at 8 p.m.

Senator, Middlesex and Worcester District

Incumbent James B. Eldridge (D-Acton) faces Dean Cavaretta (R-Stow).

  • Watch a video recap of the candidates' Oct. 17 debate hosted by Patch.com Acton TV.
  • Read Cavaretta's Patch blog.
  • Read about Eldridge participating in a tour of Harvey's Farm in Westborough.

Representative, Eighth Middlesex District (Precinct 2)

Incumbent Carolyn C. Dykema (D-Holliston) faces Marty Lamb (R-Holliston).

  • Read about the campaigns' takes on the candidates' Oct. 15 debate in Hopkinton.

Representative, Fourth Middlesex District (Precincts 1 and 3)

Incumbent Steven Levy (R-Marlborough) faces Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough).

  • Read about Gregoire's Sept. 6 state primary win.
  • Read about Levy's appearance at a Westborough Republican Town Committee event on Oct. 18.

Representative, Eleventh Worcester District (Precincts 4 and 5)

Incumbent Matthew Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) is unopposed.

  • Read Beaton's take on the compromise electricity bill that Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law this summer.

U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Third District

Incumbent Congressman James McGovern (D-Worcester) is unopposed.

  • Read about McGovern hosting U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in June.

Ballot Questions

There are three binding questions on the ballot.

  • Ballot Issue: Question 1 — Right to Repair: "This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer's dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities."
  • Ballot Issue: Question 2 — Death with Dignity: "This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient's request, to end that patient's life. To qualify, a patient would have to be an adult resident who (1) is medically determined to be mentally capable of making and communicating health care decisions; (2) has been diagnosed by attending and consulting physicians as having an incurable, irreversible disease that will, within reasonable medical judgment, cause death within six months; and (3) voluntarily expresses a wish to die and has made an informed decision. The proposed law states that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause death in a humane and dignified manner."
  • Ballot Issue: Question 3 — Medical Marijuana: "This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV-positive status or AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, or multiple sclerosis. The patient would also have to obtain a written certification, from a physician with whom the patient has a bona fide physician-patient relationship, that the patient has a specific debilitating medical condition and would likely obtain a net benefit from medical use of marijuana."
Jul Palladino November 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Marty Lamb is a successful small business owner who has managed really well and made all the right decisions in a lousy economy. That takes a keen understanding of business and how the economy works. He has the business experience and the ideas. He knows what it takes to create jobs in the private sector which are jobs that last. About 80% of jobs are in small business. Lamb is the one who brings the reality check to Beacon Hill, and that is sorely needed. He will bring private sector solutions to an institution that is stuck in reverse. We need to move forward with Marty Lamb and ideas that work !
Cynthia Cox November 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Marty Lamb supports a family and runs a small business and is well respected. We know him. He has many people knocking on his door and calling him up, and he always makes time to deal with each and every case with the utmost sincerity. This is the type of thinking we need on Beacon Hill. Someone who thinks outside the box and that's Marty Lamb. It will take fresh ideas and proposals and workable solutions to fix the financial mess we are in. It's time to replace the stagnation we have now. It's not getting us anywhere. Marty Lamb as State Representative Marty Lamb is the man who will contribute to the turnaround we need in the economy with his economic revival plan. Beacon Hill needs some street smarts from a man who knows what it takes from experience, background, and his own ingenuity. Marty Lamb brings all the right ingredients. That's the recipe for Beacon Hill - State Representative Marty Lamb
Joe Barbieri November 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
This is why Citizens For Limited Taxation (CLT) endorsed Marty Lamb. They know who is the true friend of the taxpayer and that's Lamb. They are a terrific watchdog group. CLT really watches out for the taxpayer. Barbara Anderson is a Independent true and tireless champion for working families. A State Representative Marty Lamb will serve us well on Beacon Hill.
Iron Mike November 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
For me it's a simple equation. I know Marty – I know him as one of us. I know Dykema – she considers herself one of the enlightened elite. Marty will read the bills; - he will be able to envision their effect on our lives and he'll foresee the unintended consequences. He has the courage to quietly buck the tide and vote “NO” on bad bills. He won't sell his vote to the speaker for favors or to the unions for campaign contributions. We need a LOT MORE Martys!
Jody Hensley November 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Question 3 is a "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" warn citizens in California and Colorado where pot stores have proliferated under a law similar to the one proposed here. The language in this 6-page law includes "other conditions" which allows virtually anyone to get a marijuana recommendation for any reason. There there can be 35 pot stores in the first year, but there is no upper limit in the law. This is the LEAST RESTRICTIVE marijuana law in New England. And even the Obama administration has called rising levels of youth use and addiction a legitimate public health issue. Please get the details before you vote. Take 3 minutes to learn about Question 3 at: www.MaVoteNoOnQuestion3.com


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