Boston Herald predicts Gov to hand office to Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito listens to Gov. Charlie Baker during a daily Coronavirus briefing held at the Gardner Auditorium at the State House. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


Talk is swirling about that Governor Charlie Baker may not seek a third term and he is pondering handing the position to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, according to the Boston Herald political columnist Joe Battenfield.

Polito has been one of the highest-profile, hardest working Lt. Governors in modern history.

Many had been expecting that Baker won’t go for a third term and that he would support a Polito bid for governor.

Battenfeld’s Monday opinion piece emphasized that and noted as well that Baker has not raised much money for his political account, raising only $885 last month.

He also noted that Polito has more than $2 million in her campaign account.

Baker, for almost 7 years, has been the most popular governor serving in the United States.

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Heavy early voting, mail-in ballots kickoff elections

Early voters wait to cast their ballots at Everett City Hall October 18, 2020. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

“I’m expecting a very large vote.” – City Clerk Sergio Cornelio


With just two weeks to go before the presidential election, City Clerk Sergio Cornelio is predicting one of the largest votes ever in Everett’s history.

More than 16,000 will likely cast a ballot one way or another,” Cornelio told the Leader Herald Tuesday morning.

To date, more than 7,000 mail ballots have been processed.

During the first three day of early voting at city hall, more than 700 cast votes in what is easily one of the most contentious and hard-fought presidential elections in re- cent history.

All votes that are cast, either by mail or in person, will be logged in to prevent fraud.

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The Rep is a puppet, not a leader

With the democratic primary election less than two weeks away, the voters of Everett have to ask themselves one important question: What type of person do you want representing the City of Everett in the Massachusetts House of Representatives?

A civic minded, hardworking person or a lazy, lay about who does just enough to get by and who enjoys taking credit for passing bills he has not presented?

Make no mistake, that is exactly what this election is about. The incumbent Rep has managed to attach his name, and little else, to just about every piece of legislation winding its way through the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. What initiative has the Rep shown in his three terms in office? The answer is almost none.

Recently, the rep has taken credit for passing a bond bill that hasn’t yet been approved and has taken credit for passing a $10.5 million higher education bill for the disabled that was all Senator Sal DiDomenico’s exclusive doing.

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McLaughlin picks up UFCW 1445 nod, rep race tight

UFCW Local 1445 members Matt Farrell and Walker Barnes carry signs alongside candidate Mike McLaughlin in downtown Everett Monday as he campaigns for state representative. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Mail in ballots might make the difference


Councilor Mike McLaughlin, hoping to become Massachusetts State Representative Michael McLaughlin has been pulling out all the stops since his effort to defeat the incumbent rep in the September 1 primary.

On Monday afternoon in Everett Square, McLaughlin drew a large crowd of sign holding supporters led by members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union 1445, who represents, among others the employees of Stop and Shop.

Several councilors and city officials attended the visibility cum endorsement campaign stop.

“All the UFCW 1445 members have been on the front line of the virus and never stopped working their jobs at Stop and Shop during the darkest days of the pandemic,” McLaughlin told the Leader Herald.

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Markey-Kennedy race to the wire

Congressman Joe Kennedy III waves to supporters at the Square Deli where he was endorsed by city councilor Stephanie Martins. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Everett a battleground for both candidates


Two weeks ago, Senator Edward Markey received the endorsements of the Boston Globe and the Everett Leader Herald who favor him over his rival, Congressman Joseph Kennedy.

Two weeks later, both candidates have visited Everett, campaigning hard and making themselves visible and accessible in this city, which is believed to be a battleground for the contestants.

Everett as a minority-majority city in one of the most liberal states in the nation, fits the political pro forma for quite a fight.

Kennedy visited over the weekend.

He was greeted warmly wherever he went – which included lunch from the Everett Square Deli and a photo-op with Councilor Stephanie Martins.

Markey’s appearance in Everett Square Monday afternoon had the feeling of the old days.

Quite a crowd of residents and many politicians led by Senator Sal DiDomenico and many city councilors including Councilor at Large Wayne Matewsky and Governor’s Council candidate for re-election Terrence Kennedy, crowded around Markey seeking to let him know they are with him – the hometown guy from Malden whose father was a milkman.

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