What to Watch for in Massachusetts 2019 Elections
BOSTON - There is no denying that when it comes to elections the ones that take place on the national stage garner more attention than anything on the local level. Even comparatively, last year's mid-term elections were nowhere near as publicized as the 2016 presidential election was before it or as the 2020 presidential campaign has become.
However, that does not mean that these elections matter less than the ones that determine who our commander-in-chief will be. If anything, they are even more important because elections that begin at the local and state level have more of a direct impact on how we live our day-to-day lives.
So for now let's put aside Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Donald Trump and let's take a look at the biggest propositions in the fifty-eight Massachusetts towns that are holding elections today.
The most famous race comes in Fall River. Over a month ago, the city's mayor, Jasiel Correia, was arrested for extortion by the FBI. However, he still on the ballot this year against Paul Coogan. Correia has pulled off unlikely victories before, but if he retains his mayor seat, that may be the unlikeliest yet.
As for Massachusetts' two biggest cities, today will decide the future of their leadership. Worcester is currently seeing a four-person race for the mayor position as Donna Collorio, Owurakwaku Poku Sarkodieh, Bill Coleman, and Joseph Petty are all vying to be the stewards of a city that many believe is finally progressing past the 1970s.
Petty is the incumbent, but if there are some Worcester residents who do not like the city's current trajectory, then he may be on his way out. Additionally, Boston will see its election mark four new City Council members from the eight who are running.
As for some of the biggest questions on Massachusetts ballots, many are paying attention to Holyoke and Roxbury. Holyoke residents will vote on whether or not two new middle schools will be funded in the city.
For Roxbury, the ballot question that is the talk of the town is the conscious proposal to change the name of Dudley Square to Nubian Square, since Governor Thomas Dudley, its namesake, allowed laws to pass to legalize slavery.
Even if none of these elections pertain to you, if you live in a Massachusetts town or city that is holding an election today, it is your civic duty to go out and vote and make your voice heard!
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