In impressive fashion, the city of Everett remained true to its strong Democratic tradition Tuesday as local voters overwhelmingly supported all of the party’s winning candidates.
The voter turnout in Everett on election day (66.4%) was one of the highest in recent memory as 13,215 of the city’s 19,906 eligible voters went to the polls to cast ballots.
The city’s electorate convincingly voted to re-elect President Barack Obama to a second term. The incumbent chief executive ran first in all of the city’s precincts to receive 9,392 votes as he captured 71.4% of the local vote.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the former Bay State governor, trailed badly in Everett as he was only able to net 3,582 votes.
The other presidential candidates on the ballot proved to be nothing more than political irritants to the major party candidates. The Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, received 92 votes here and Jill Stein of the Rainbow Party got 44.
In the hot U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Scott Brown was ousted by Harvard professor and first-time Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Statewide, Warren’s winning advantage was eight percentage points, 54% to 46%.
In Everett, the senator-elect’s edge was even greater as she topped Brown, 64.3% to 35.6%, to become the first female senator in Massachusetts history.
Warren swept all 12 precincts in the city on the way to amassing 8,402 votes here, compared to Sen. Brown’s 4,656.
Congressman Michael Capuano, who will become Everett’s U.S. House representative in January due to redistricting, received a whopping 81.9% of the local vote in his first time on an Everett ballot.
Capuano, the former mayor of Somerville, was the choice of 9,764 local voters as he romped past independent challenger Karla Romero of Boston, who could only manage to garner 2,120 votes.
In the only other contested race here on Tuesday, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian waltzed by his “unenrolled” foe Ernesto Petrone, an Everett resident, by a margin of 7,178 to 3,914.
State Senator Sal DiDomenico, unopposed for re-election, proved to be the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election in Everett, capturing 10,573 votes.
Other unopposed candidates and their total local votes included State Rep. Stephen “Stat” Smith (9,583); Clerk of Courts Michael A. Sullivan (9,567); Governor’s Councilor Terrence Kennedy (10,168); and Maria C. Curtatone, the Democratic Party’s nominee for Register of Deeds (9,463).
As for the three binding ballot questions in Tuesday’s election, the Everett electorate’s decisions mirrored the statewide vote.
Question No. 1, the so-called “Right to Repair” referendum, was approved statewide by a landslide margin of 85% to 15%. In Everett, the tally was 7,674 to 1,942 in favor of ensuring that no one is forced to go to a dealership for vehicle repairs unless they want to do so. Automakers will now be required to make repair information and tools available for purchase by local auto repair shops.
Question No. 2, the “Death with Dignity” ballot initiative that sought to legally empower physicians to prescribed life-ending medication at the request of a terminally ill patient with a life expectancy of less than six months, was narrowly rejected statewide by a 51% to 49% vote. In Everett, 62% of localites opposed the proposal, voting 7,355 to 4,529 against the measure.
Question No. 3, which proposed to allow the use of marijuana exclusively for medical purposes, was passed statewide, 63% to 37%. In Everett, there were 6,467 “yes” votes, compared to 5,219 “no” votes. The measure will enable the state to now license and regulate 35 “dispensaries” for the sale of marijuana to ease the suffering of people with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, MS, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, etc. Five of the dispensaries must be in Middlesex County, although the locations have not yet been identified.
There were two other questions on Tuesday’s ballot that were “advisory” in nature and not binding.
Question No. 4 – which was supported 7,305 to 2,811 – calls for our state senator to support a multi-purpose resolution that most importantly calls upon Congress and the President to prevent cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits and unemployment. The resolution also seeks support for creating and protecting jobs and for providing new revenues by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy and transportation.
It also calls for reducing the long-term federal deficit by closing loopholes, eliminating offshore tax havens and raising taxes on those who have an income over $250,000. When the war in Afghanistan ends, the resolution wants to redirect any saved military budget funds to domestic programs.
Question No. 5, a non-binding resolution that seeks to instruct the state senator from this district to vote for legislation allowing the state to regulate and tax marijuana in the same manner as alcohol, was okayed by Everett voters by a 6,116 to 4,170 margin.