5 Things, September 6: Massachusetts State Primary Preview

Five Things You Need to Know Today: The state primary election is on Thursday, September 6.

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Massachusetts Primary Election

The state primary election is on Thursday, September 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

2. Who is on the ballot

There are not many contested races for Stoughton voters, but on the Democrat Party ballot there are races for Governor's Council (District 2) and County Commissioner (Norfolk County), and on the Republican Party ballot there is a race for Representative in Congress (MA-8th District).

Democratic Primary Candidates Republican Primary Candidates Green-Rainbow Primary Candidates U.S. Senate
Elizabeth Warren
Scott Brown
U.S. House of Representatives (MA-8th District)
Stephen Lynch

Joe Selvaggi

Matias Temperley

State Senator Brian A. Joyce
N/A N/A State Representative (Precincts 1,5,7,8) William C. Galvin
N/A N/A State Representative (Precincts 2,3,4,6) Louis Kafka
N/A N/A Governor's Council (District 2)

Brian Clinton

Robert Jubinville

Patrick McCabe

Bart Timilty

Earl Sholley
N/A Clerk of Courts (Norfolk County)
Walter F. Timilty, Jr.
N/A N/A Register of Deeds (Norfolk County)
William P. O'Donnell
N/A N/A County Commissioner (Norfolk County)

John M. Gillis

Francis W. O'Brien


3. Where do I vote?

  • PRECINCT 1 -- Dawe Elementary School, 131 Pine Street
  • PRECINCT 2 -- Jones School, 137 Walnut Street
  • PRECINCT 3 -- South Elementary School, 171 Ash Street
  • PRECINCT 4 -- Gibbons Elementary School, 235 Morton Street
  • PRECINCT 5 -- Gibbons Elementary School, 235 Morton Street
  • PRECINCT 6 -- Hansen Elementary School, 1800 Central Street
  • PRECINCT 7 -- West Elementary School, 1322 Central Street
  • PRECINCT 8 -- O'Donnell Middle School, 211 Cushing Street

Click on the following link to find out specific your precinct:


4. U.S. House of Representatives Primary

Matt Temperley and Joseph Selvaggi are the two Republican candidates vying for the party's nomination for the new 8th Congressional District, which includes Stoughton. The winner of the primary will challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in November's general election.

Temperley and Selvaggi recently took part in separate live chats on Patch. Click on the links below to find out more about both candidates.

5. Governor's Council Race

The four Democratic candidates for Governor's Council in District 2, which includes Stoughton, are Brian Clinton, Robert Jubinville, Patrick McCabe, and Bart Timilty. The winner of this primary race will face Republican Earl Sholley in the November's general election.

Click on the link below for a recap of a debate between the four Democrats.


Reminder: Thursday is Food Pantry Day in Stoughton

Stoughton resident Peg Carbone continues her effort to curb hunger in Stoughton, personally picking up donations for the food pantries every Thursday.

Here's a note from Peg: "I pick up non perishable food and also household items every Thursday, anywhere in Stoughton and deliver them to the food pantry. Please tell your friends and neighbors. One item, one bag or several, and I will pick them up every Thursday."

Haven't called to arrange a pickup? It's not too late. Call Peg at 508-889-1385 or send an email to peg.carbone@comcast.net.


Fiscal Conservative September 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
How long are the lines, at the polls, throughout the town? Are voter ID's being checked? Is the checking of ID's slowing things down? It must be brutal out there today!!!
Heather September 06, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I was surprised that I was actually the 22nd person to vote in my precinct today at 9:15 am. There was no checking of ID's. Actually, I gave my address and the lady checking couldn't find my address so I pointed to my name on the sheet. I could have pointed to anybody and she would have had no idea if it was me or not. Oh and on another note. They had a huge pile of Democratic ballots and only about 20 Republican. So what happens if more than 20 Republican voters show up do they have to vote Democrat?


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