Unofficial Primary Results in Somerville

On September 24, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Alderman Ward One

Matthew C. McLaughlin  504

Elio LoRusso  369

Maureen Bastardi  364

Alderman Ward Three

Robert J. McWatters   473

Suzanne W. Bremer  409

Matthew T. Desmond   387

Stephen Delani   46


School Committee Ward Five

Laura J. Pitone  675

Ross M. Richmond   419

Caroline Shea Rosas  141






39 Responses to “Unofficial Primary Results in Somerville”

  1. 617 says:

    Matt McLaughlin really put in the work and it certainly paid off. The Somerville Times prediction was wayyyyy off. Hey Somerville Times…never underestimate the power of a grass roots door to door campaign. Thank You.

  2. willy says:

    i feel more my chances are better after tonight for alderman at large aftter tonight results thanks everbody for your support willy medeiros

  3. willy says:

    good luck eiio bobby m matt

  4. John says:

    I voted on highland ave yesterday and was put off by Mark Neidergang standing right in front of the door. I didn’t think he was allowed to do that but could be wrong. Anyone know the answer?

  5. jomama says:

    What a disgraceful turnout……….although there was not much to vote on -your vote STILL counts …. all you people who complain about EVERYTHING that goes on in this city………did you vote??

  6. marta says:

    John, you are right Niedergang is not allowed to do that, and should certainly know better. However, since he doesn’t, once the officer on duty became aware of the situation he was told to move (and left not long after that). Not to mention that he and his companion were handing out flyers at the door. Very poor display of political gamesmanship.
    On the other hand, I actually think that with so little on the ballot it was a pretty good turnout. 1235 in a Ward 5 primary with only school committee on the ballot is pretty good.

  7. Tom says:

    I think he has to be 200 feet away

  8. joel says:


    They can do so as long as they are not on the primary election ballot.

    It Is very common for candidates running in the general election to campaign at the primary election and they can stand where ever they want. It is a great way for any candidate to meet the people who are actually voting.


  9. wrong says:

    you cannot hand out flyers that close to a polling place. you also can’t be introducing yourself as a candidate and promoting your campaign at a polling place, which is what he was doing. Mark N. has no people skills, and no understanding of basic political process, rules, and procedures. I’m truly hoping we’re all done with him after this. (any luck on the truth coming out about his dismissal from City Hall employment?)

  10. John says:


    Based on Marta’s response, it’s clear that he is not allowed to do it.

    re:once the officer on duty became aware of the situation he was told to move (and left not long after that).

  11. ask nick says:

    someone should ask nick salerno

  12. josie says:

    Not when they are carrying/handing out campaign literature.

  13. joel says:

    Marta, Tom, and John,

    You are right I just looked it up and here is the wording at the end.

    I always thought it was only if it related to that election. I voted in 3-3 and a person was collecting signatures for raising the minimum wage. I didn’t think twice about it.


    Activities in the Polling Location
    On Election Day, certain activities are prohibited within the polling location and within 150 feet of the polling place. General Law chapter 54, section 65 prohibits within 150 feet of a polling location, among other things, the posting, exhibition, circulation, or distribution of material–including pasters, stickers, posters, cards, handbills, placards, pictures or circulars–intended to influence the action of the voter. G. L. 54, § 65 (2002 ed.). Consistent with the activities restricted by statute, the implementing regulations prohibit the solicitation of votes for or against, or any other form of promotion or opposition of, any person or political party or position on a ballot question, to be voted on at the current election. 950 C.M.R. § 54.04(22)(d). Accordingly, a person standing within 150 feet of a polling location, including observers in the polling location, may not: hold any campaign sign; hand any person literature intended to influence the voter’s action at the polls; wear any campaign buttons or identifying signage; solicit a person’s vote for or against a candidate or question on the ballot; or, distribute stickers. Circulators of nomination papers, initiative and referenda petitions are also restricted from soliciting signatures within 150 feet of a building entrance door to a polling place. G. L. c. 54, § 65 (2002 ed.). This is true even where the nomination papers, initiative petition or referendum have nothing to do with the current election.

  14. Helen A. says:

    Thanks for researching this, Joel. I think those people may have been SEIU, they seem to be at every polling place in the city. When I was voting, the officer on duty was telling the person that they had to move, as they were right in front of the door. Problem is, these issues don’t seem to be addressed unless and until someone complains. As background, there is a very good reason for these rules. When I first began to vote, getting to the polling place was like going through a gauntlet. There would be 2 rows lining the sidewalk, and you had to walk through them, right up to the door, as people yelled out asking for your vote, or tried to put a flyer in your hand. I hated it. It was ALMOST enough to make me not vote, but I’m sure many were intimidated enough to turn and go home.

  15. Trish says:

    Neidergang ignores all sense of fair play. He also came to my door and asked me point blank whether I would vote for him. That is a BIG no no, and I think I stammered through a “I need to research the other candidates.” I was horrified.

  16. nick says:

    I was bothered by the Matthew C. McLaughlin that accosted me three times, twice as my home and some how over the phone (they called me). Just to find out if I was going to vote, and if so for who.

    The first guy was nice and reminded me to vote. Then told me who I should vote for.

    The second guy came after I voted and asked me who I voted for, when I told him that it wasn’t Matthew C. McLaughlin he said by and just walked away. He was really rude.

    Then a few hours later a woman with a new york number calls me to talk about Matthew C. McLaughlin, I told her that I had already been bothered enough today and she kindly removed me from their list of people to call.

    I am curious how they got my number in the first place and kind of concerned that he winner of the election is going to keep calling and bothering us whenever he wants something done, that’s not democracy, it’s telemarketing and if it’s not already, should be illegal.

  17. Judge says:

    Engine 7 wasn’t the only location he was reprimanded at…his signs were pulled out of the fence on Cedar Street and placed upside down by the attending officer…another violation. In June, he was also asked to move further away from the Brown School…another violation. 3 strikes your out, rule???!!!

  18. 978 says:

    Neidergang once approached staff, while they were on duty doing recess supervision, at the Kennedy school to introduce himself and distribute literature. Not only are you not allowed to campaign on school grounds but you certainly aren’t allowed to campaign and harass the staff while they’re doing their jobs! This was back when he was running against Megan Foster, who made a much better school committee member in my honest opinion.

  19. steve says:

    i feel bad elio lorusso didnt win hes great whos a better alderman when

    youve lived in east somerville ALL YOUR LIFE. he came to our building

    and presented himself very well and now that he lost like a nice guy

    hell bow out gracefully. as far as the other two candidates, all this

    about calling people and asking who they voted for its none of their

    business i think the candidates pay people to do this telemarketing

    and harassment. elio WOULD NEVER DO THAT. the fix is still in

    in somerville polotics. as far as the polling place again i got the

    runaround. went to the library oh not here go to the school streets all

    ripped up that will take 2 years.

  20. Sammy says:

    He has run before, he knows the rules. He lacks character and will do anything to get what he wants.

  21. mary says:

    Steve….Elio didn’t loose he came in 2nd and him and McLaughlin are on the ballot for November 5th, if you like Elio so much get out and get him votes.
    Its to bad some of us don’t know the process, its our system of government and we are not aware of how it works. This was a primary and means the top TWO in the race go on to the final in November.

  22. Somerbreeze says:

    The McLaughlin campaign had NO paid telemarketers, or telemarketers, period.

    And EVERY candidate was calling voters about the election….

  23. PixiePocahontas says:

    This behavior seems rather outrageous for a candidate. Why isn’t someone stopping this idiot?

  24. PixiePocahontas says:

    Neidergang should not be allowed to participate. There had been an overly aggressive element over the years, I’ve experienced it as well and seems to always be the extreme liberals.

  25. steve says:

    well you just dont knock on somebodys door and ask who they voted for –

    its none of their business! there was a guy here in my bldg who rang every

    apartment! ok the primary nov 5th ill encouage every one i know to vote for

    elio. esp in my building. and the business i frequent like stop and shop ola

    gifts cafe etc.

  26. out there says:

    Pixie, it’s tough to stop someone who has no regard for rules or social conventions. This is a man who marched in Memorial Day parade, collecting signatures all the way. people call and report him, he gets stopped or reprimanded, but keeps doing it. at some point it seems there should be a 3 strikes policy here. If you can’t learn the basic rules, you’re out.
    but if you know his employment history with the city, you know Neidergang’s willfully conniving and a snake, not just some dope.

  27. out there says:

    i’d like to add the thought of McLaughlin being able to afford out-of-state telemarketers for a ward aldermans campaign is just laughable. not a big money campaign by any measure.

  28. Boston Kate says:

    It’s not unusual for supporters of one candidate/issue or another to call and/or canvas a neighborhood. I’ve never had anyone be rude to me, though. During the last election to fill the seat for Alderman in Ward 4, I did start to get very annoyed when I received the third call (all on voting day) to remind me to vote, and I told the person just that. But, I didn’t blame the candidate. Some supporters are just so zealous about helping their candidate, that they go overboard.

  29. more info says:

    out there is correct but missed one important piece…Niedergang was told by the other alderman and the veterans director not to do it. He was warned and went ahead and collected signatures anyway. Real nice huh??!!

  30. yoohoo says:

    Nice strategy having his wife there collecting signatures at the engine 7 polling place by Mark the shark.

  31. Mike says:

    I think they were collecting signatures for a couple of ballot questions. Still a conflict of interest in my personal opinion.

  32. Sammy says:

    Mr. Niedergang should be publicly censured by the BOA/Elections Department for his behavior. I hope that this is reflected on election day.

  33. PixiePocahontas says:

    Call Martha Coakleys office, maybe then someone will get a wake up call. Sounds like a clear case of harassment. The best remedy is to send him a message on voting day. Lucky for him, he’s not running in this ward. I would raise hell at city hall and they have already heard from me about other matters. It’s their job to take care of the residents of our community. Dealing with some, is like being challenged by the bully in the school yard. You must stand your ground for what is just. I’ve worked on several campaigns over the years repeatedly, as a volunteer, experience helps to learn the process. Call the alderman at large and tell them to put it on the agenda. It’s good that you’re speaking out on this post so others will be aware of this menacing troll.

  34. PixiePocahontas says:

    Out there,

    Collecting signatures during the parade? Sounds like he needs to be on medication.

    I have encountered the “over zealous” supports. My solution, I quit.
    When you are volunteering as a supportive constituent, you should be treated with respect and a little appreciation for your efforts. Many who do work full time jobs, raise families, may have limited energy due to poor health, but do it because they have a true passion for our city and community.

    The person I dealt with was intrusive, demanding and rude. I really like the rep but the manager was such a power hungry beast, I just had to ignore the avalanche of calls and emails. That didn’t work so finally I told this person not to call or email, they continued regardless. They also followed me on twitter so I blocked them.

    We all work hard and deserve our privacy. No means no. If the other crowd has lots of free time to obsess over campaign work, that’s there neurotic condition and will have to deal with the repercussions.

    Seriously, some need to get a real life. I felt bad that I couldn’t support the rep but was no way subjecting myself to that horror show.

  35. Ron Newman says:

    Re: “a woman with a new york number calls me to talk about Matthew C. McLaughlin” . I’m going to bet that this was a local supporter who still had an out-of-state cell-phone area code, rather than a paid out-of-state telemarketer.

  36. ritepride says:

    And Niedergangmeyer is a Tufts Alum, don’t vote 4 the bum. If he came to my door I’d give him the 2 second warning…”Release the dogs”

  37. 917 says:

    I’ve had a 917 area code in Somerville for 13 years. Area codes no longer have any geographic meaning.

  38. ritepride,

    That makes two Tufts Alums who represent our city and most likely advocating for Tufts sprawl. Another reason NOT to vote for this guy.

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