Somerville unofficial election totals

On November 5, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mcwatters(Updated with unofficial results from the City of Somerville’s Election Department)

BALLOTS CAST – TOTAL 10235

MAYOR

JOSEPH A. (JOE) CURTATONE  7702

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ALDERMAN-AT-LARGE

JOHN M. (JACK) CONNOLLY, JR.  5114

DENNIS MICHAEL SULLIVAN  5289

WILLIAM A. (BILL) WHITE, JR.  5283

CAROL A. DEMPKOWSKI  2705

SEAN J. FITZGERALD  4456

WILLIAM A. MEDEIROS  2386

MARY JO ROSSETTI  4684

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ALDERMAN WARD ONE

ELIO LoRUSSO  717

MATTHEW C. McLAUGHLIN  830

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD ONE

STEVEN P. ROIX  752

KENNETH M. SALVATO  519

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ALDERMAN WARD TWO

MARYANN M. HEUSTON  747

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD TW0

DAN J. FUTRELL 649

MICHAEL D. NIONAKIS  214

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ALDERMAN WARD THREE

SUZANNE W. BREMER  764

ROBERT J. McWATTERS  845

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD THREE

ADAM W. SWEETING  1141

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ALDERMAN WARD FOUR

TONY LAFUENTE  660

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD FOUR

CHRISTINE THEBERGE RAFAL  608

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ALDERMAN WARD FIVE

COURTNEY K. O’KEEFE  961

MARK NIEDERGANG  1144

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD FIVE

LAURA J. PITONE  1311

ROSS M. RICHMOND 751

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ALDERMAN WARD SIX

REBEKAH L. GEWIRTZ  826

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD SIX

PAUL BOCKELMAN  807

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ALDERMAN WARD SEVEN

KATJANA BALLANTYNE 1121

JOSEPH A. CAPUANO  825

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE WARD SEVEN

CAROLINE LYNCH NORMAND  1495

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33 Responses to “Somerville unofficial election totals”

  1. Larry says:

    Surprised that BALLANTYNE won in 7 and McWATTERS margin was that small. Shows you that change has done come to this great city and we’re screwed with who we have living here now. CAPUANO not winning shocked me. Figured he’d win easy, so didn’t bother to get out and vote. At least my 1 vote wasn’t the delta.

  2. pucallally says:

    I am was so disappointed by the results from Ward 5 Alderman race….how could anyone with any sense of reason vote for Mark Niedergang….He talks down to people and really can he represent our ward….I think we did a real injustice not to vote Courtney O’Keefe back into office….thankfully we have not hear the last of Courtney…I’m sure she will stay active as always…and fight for the small people…the people that matter….Thank you Courtney…YOU ROCK!!!!!

  3. Norman says:

    Let’s hope Elio LoRusso learned a few lessons:
    1. Signs don’t vote
    2. Money can’t buy an election
    3. Negativity turns people off
    4. Don’t steal other candidates signs
    5. It was not your turn
    6. Three strikes and you are out (this was his fifth time running)
    7. You must be part of the community and be involved
    Good Luck Matt!

  4. Damian says:

    I’m not sure who Larry’s comment is directed at? Maybe he can clarify who is getting screwed and by whom? As far as I know, we’re all free to live in whatever community we choose, regardless of our political, cultural, sexual, gender, or racial orientation, and all of our votes count equally (at least this is how its supposed to be) If he is feeling bigotry against certain ‘types’ of people, he should do some real soul searching.

  5. Rob B says:

    So Larry didn’t “bother” to vote. But he sure has time to demean the citizens of Somerville. Yes we have free speech in this country, and we have to listen to people who do not participate in the democratic process? Perhaps someone has a suggestion for a place where mean spirited grumpy people could move to and be happy.

  6. ward3Villen says:

    Bob McWatters is a solid guy who really put in the shoe leather to win. Hard to believe that after all that work and fundraising, he only beat Suzanne Bremer by 77 votes. If she had hustled a bit and stayed positive, she may have actually won. The PDS-ers must be gloating this morning with their other wins.

  7. Rich R says:

    Norman you are right on. Elio Larusso brought politics to a new low even worse than it was in the 60′s. He is the most arrogant person ever to run for an elected position. He is a woman hater, a racist and has an issue with immigrants. Thank the lord he didnt win.

  8. Ward1 Resident says:

    Good riddance Elio. Go home and ask your wife to write a letter in your defense. Read Normans comments and take heed.

  9. Joan Falcone says:

    This city will now get the government it deserves. Affordable housing at the expense of homeowners, development at the expense of neighborhoods, higher residential taxes to subsidize “artist” housing, bike lanes galore to increase gridlock, and highfalutin stances on things like styrofoam cups and plastic grocery bags.

    God forbid they run Gewirtz for mayor since they apparently believe they have a “mandate.” What they seem to not understand is the REASON all of these PDS types moved to the city was BECAUSE of all the hard work the people they just voted out had done. I pray they actually know what they’re doing instead of just talk a good game.

  10. Ward1 Resident says:

    Good riddance Elio. No more ignorant conversations at my door. Play fair next time. Is your wife going to write you a letter blaming Matt for this?

  11. B says:

    “This city will now get the government it deserves.” Let’s hope so! It’s about time.

  12. Somerbreeze says:

    LoRusso lost folks, lose the post-election bile, please!

  13. Matt says:

    Joan, let me tell you something. I moved to Somerville several years ago from Southie, where a lot of the same strife over gentrification is taking place. I understand 100% what you’re talking about. I have to say, though, it’s silly to suggest that progressive people are out to get homeowners, raise residential tax rates, etc.

    It was the progressives who pushed for more than just one story of commercial development in Assembly Square, for instance. That’s going to help lower property taxes on residents because the commercial tax rate is 3x the residential rate. There are more examples of specifics like that.

  14. sandy says:

    Be careful what you wish for. Curtatone has been playing to the progressives for years now, at the expense of the long-time residents. Now that he has filled the city with them, they are picking off his lieutenants. Next it will be him.

  15. Steve Keenan says:

    I want to commend all who voted. Whether your candidate won or lost isn’t the most important issue. What’s important is that you partook in the Democratic process.

  16. Dan says:

    Who was Elio’s campaign manager? Elio spent about $50 per vote to lose. Does he really want to be Alderman that bad? Maybe he should move to Vermont and run for dog catcher — just lose that campaign manager.

  17. Billy Walters says:

    Courtney, the fact that you were appointed really p’d off a lot of people! You would’ve been better off doing this all by yourself. You probably would be an Alderman now if you had. People do not like those who hold office who AREN’T ELECTED!!! The person who appointed you is dirty. That’s why he left in the 1st place. You should’ve distanced yourself from all of those people. They all left for a reason. If you hang out with skunks, you….. oh well, you know the rest. Next time around, do it yourself. I do appreciate the fact that you didn’t allow S. K. and his bunch try to sneak you in behind the scenes.

  18. Matt C says:

    All politics aside, Courtney has been a great advocate for ward 5 well before her appointment and I am confident this will continue.

  19. Ward1 Resident says:

    Somerbreeze, you usually post thoughtful blogs here. Either you do not live in Ward1 or you are a friend or supporter of ELio’s. His negative campaigning left a mark with many people in our neighborhood. He degraded woman, people of color and illegal immigrants. He allowed sexists and racist posts on his fb page without apology. He spent tireless hours slandering Alderman Bastardi in the primary when he thought she was going to be his opponent in the final, and he switched it over to Matt McLaughlin after the primary. He thought nothing of unfounded comments as he went door to door. This type of conduct is unacceptable and must be exposed for what it is, dirty politicking at its best. Elio has become the poster boy for negative campaigning. If you want to defend this type of behavior then go ahead, but walk in our shoes in ward1 prior to doing so.

  20. Archer says:

    A lot of people? Courtney lost by under 200 votes to a guy who was elected 8 times. Billy–please! Save your PDS BS!

  21. Matthew McLaughlin says:

    I agree with Somerbreeze. The elections are over, there is no need for further criticism of candidates. You spoke with your votes, which is the only opinion that has an impact. It’s time for us to move forward.

  22. Unless you participate as a volunteer during political campaigns, you don’t understand what goes on. There is a strong movement in our city which has been here for two decades and they will not give up until all locals are gone–residents and politicians. I’m very disappointed in the manner these recent elections have played out. Isn’t it obvious what we are dealing with now? An emperor who will not allow a fair democracy in our city–we are continually plagued with his chosen few who will always abide by the commands of their master. It’s not the so called insiders club you should be worried about the most–it’s the newly formed cabal filled with control freaks and self-interested liberals who will now rule this town along with their boss who as equally concerned only with what is good for him.

    Courtney was placed in a difficult position which has nothing to do with her character as a person or politician. It’s unfortunate that her constituency and our city will have to pay the price for others who failed in this administration.

    I’m equally as disappointed that Capuano did not win in Ward 7, again, it’s the same problems. The city is filled with long term relationships which go back as far as elementary school, for me as well. As adults, we learn who are closest friends are and who should be kept at a distance.
    Smart voters know the difference. It’s unfortunate people won’t take the time to meet candidates and make up their own mind.

    The fix was in from the beginning by the emperor. He will not allow anyone in office who will question or challenge him. What you don’t know is that many local voters have tried.

    Joanne is right. Thank you for your comments Joanne! You couldn’t have said it better.

    Mike Capuano was the best mayor this city has had and no one can match him. He continues to fight for the working class as our congressman and his other son works in planning helping to keep out the development steamroll. It was a pleasure to work with them during the campaign for their son, Joe and if they ever need help again, I’m there. Sometimes integrity does not win a race, but it will persevere throughout. Although, it would have pleased me to see him win the race, there is a part of me which is relieved. He’s too good for that job and I now worry about Matty who may not realize what he’s in for–when you work for people who can’t be trusted, it’s not an easy climb.

  23. Sorry…Joan! I read your message yesterday and didn’t have time to respond.

    There will be future races! Maybe we can all work to reshape this city to make it fair and inclusive for everyone. It has become polarized to the point where it’s toxic. People are afraid to speak out. They feel it’s easier to go along, but when you don’t stand your ground on issues which matter, you become part of the problem, not the solution.

    Courtney–hang in there! We can all learn by our experiences–good and bad, they help shape up in ways which can lead us to future victories. I’m grateful to have been part of the process, because it’s the only way to really know who is benefiting our city.

    If we pay close attention to what is being said and the way people lead their lives, we will know best who to be aligned with–

    I wish you the best and to all the candidates I voted for–only two became winners, Matty and Dennis who I also hold in high regard. Good luck, guys, you’ll need it with this crowd!

  24. Sandy,

    I have been saying the same for years–they will vote everyone out by the emperor’s undoing. The guy is his worst enemy.

    There is a difference between progressives and liberals–but as with any labels, people are gray, there is no black in white with regard to character.

    I’ve been involved in local political races for twenty years, now. What we should be insisting on is an equal voter process. For people to move here for 2-4 years, sign up to vote, then move on, is what has hurt our city the most. As much as people believe the “special interests groups”, are great, I also question their motivations and how it affects the problems we are now facing in our city, especially with regard to affordable housing and the tidal wave of gentrification.

    It’s time they examine this process because as Joan pointed out, those who built this city are no longer in office–one being Michael Capuano who is responsible for putting Somerville on the map and bringing in the Red Line to Davis Square. Mike is fair, he tells it like it is–and we all know some people can’t handle the truth. If he were to run for mayor again, I would be overjoyed. I was disappointed that he chose not to run for governor, but maybe he does the best for us where he’s been for the past decade+.

    Long time residents contribute the most to our tax base and provide much needed services to our city. Those who use this as a tourist attraction are taxing to our services and provide very little, except for the occasional headline. This is what a college town is all about. Those of us in Ward 7 suffer the most, because we have the smallest voter turnout, lacking constituency representation. If J.Capuano had been living in a different ward of our city, he would have run this race.

  25. Somerbreeze says:

    @ Ward1 Resident – Never a supporter of LoRusso! Matt McLaughlin engaged in positive campaigning and Ward 1 voters picked up on that–which is why he won!

    And Matt himself urges folks to move beyond campaign hard feelings and come together for the betterment of East Somerville. Move forward, not backwards.

  26. JMB says:

    Pixie and Matt McLaughlin – thank you for your maturity and insight. I wish Mr McLaughlin the best of luck in his new endeavor. it is true – the PDS are sharks who do not work for anyone but their own interests.

    In the paraphrased words of Billy Shakespeare: Matt M! Matt M! Matt M! Beware Gewirtz! Beware the Thane of Davis!

  27. Somerbreeze says:

    @ JMB – Coffee almost went thru my nose at “Beware the Thane of Davis!”

    An English major, right?

  28. JMB says:

    Somerbreeze – no English major here, just well-read and a good Somerville High education. And, I apologize, “Thane of Davis” doesn’t fit proper iambic pentameter. Maybe “Thane of Elm?”

  29. Norman says:

    An adjective to describe Elio LoRusso – ‘Hypocrite’. He asked for endorsements from all of the following persons or organization’s: Former Alderman Bill Roche; Alderman Bastardi; Mayor Joe Curtatone; Prog. Demo of Somerville; Somerville News; Somerville Firefighters Assoc; Somerville Police Assoc; DPW Union; and Somerville Labor Council. He was awarded NONE of them –not one thought him worthy of an endorsement. Elio spinned this into him being an ‘Independent Candidate’. He tried to label Matt as the being in the Mayor’s pocket just because Matt received the Mayor’s endorsement instead of him. Yup, this is a Hypocrite.

  30. SomerPhil says:

    Right on Norman and Ward1 Resident! Elio the independent, ha. the only thing he independently did was successfully divide residents of the ward. Never has so much dirt been thrown around is an election since the 60′s.

  31. Villenous says:

    Gene Brune brought the Red Line to Davis Square.

    JMB, good warning on Gewirtz. The bright side is she’s her ow peculiar type of terrible. Not too worried about Neidergang and Ballantyne joining in with her worst votes. Both of them get the importance of the schools and that commercial development/public transit will be critical to funding better schools in the future.

  32. josie says:

    Villenous, have you ever spoken to Niedergang or Ballantyne? I would venture that at least one of them is worse than Gewirtz.

  33. Hey Villenous,

    You seriously want to compare Congressman Capuano’s track record on raising millions for the Red, Green and Orange Line which Somerville has greatly benefited? Maybe you should take a look at his website and see what he’s been doing in DC for the past 14 years.

    The article from the Harvard Crimson doesn’t Brune in their article about the creation of Davis Square T stop. They do mention Governor Dukakis and the Urban Mass Transit Administration which received all of the credit.

    Mike Capuano put Somerville on the map. He was one of the best mayor’s and continues to fight for the working class as our congressman. He has never let his political life change the person he is–a proud Somerville native who is a man of integrity. He had the vision and determination to create a better city, but knew that in order for all to benefit, it must come gradual.

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