Film: Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9”

Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted  that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the U.S.  Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic, and political impact of Trump’s victory.  Moore also takes an in-depth look at voting, the Electoral College, the government agenda, the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the water crisis in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Light lunch served and discussion after the film.

Paul Girouard: Candidate for State Representative in the 21st Middlesex District

Submitted by: The Girouard Committee

Paul Girouard recently announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 21st Middlesex district (Bedford, Burlington, and Wilmington Pct. 3) as he was surrounded by a large crowd of friends, family, and supporters at a kick-off party in Burlington. “I am proud to be here with so many supporters tonight.  I am honored to have you as part of my team as I officially kick-off this important campaign.  We need a Representative at the State House who will fight for Bedford, Burlington, and Wilmington.  Having lived here almost all of my life, I care deeply about our communities and their priorities,” said Girouard.  “It would be an honor to be your voice in the House of Representatives.”

State Representative Shaunna O’Connell (R, Taunton) joined Girouard at the event.  She praised him in her speech to the crowd. “We need more State Representatives in Boston who are willing to take on the status quo that spends and taxes first and asks questions later.  Paul is committed to fighting for the hard working taxpayers.  I know that Paul won’t vote to raise your gas taxes six times.  I know that Paul won’t vote for a job-killing tech tax.  And I know that Paul will stand with me on reforming welfare to stop the abuses plaguing the system,” said O’Connell. In 2014, Girouard narrowly lost his bid for State Representative, winning in Burlington and Wilmington Pct.

Absentee Ballots Available for September 8 State Primary

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

According to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay, absentee ballots for the September 8 state primary are available at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall, 10 Mudge Way. The election will determine the party candidates for Representative in Congress for the Sixth District, Councillor for the Third District, Senator in the General Court for the Third Middlesex District, and Representative in the General Court for the Twenty-first Middlesex District. You may obtain an absentee ballot if you will be traveling, or are a student, disabled or in the military. Please complete the application below to request an absentee ballot. Click to print a 2016 absentee ballot application

To vote in person at the Town Clerk’s office, please call ahead, 781-275-0083.

Bedford’s 2016 Election Calendar

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay has announced Bedford’s 2016 election calendar. This autumn there are two unusual dates to note. The upcoming state primary will take place on Thursday, September 8, and Special Town Meeting will begin at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9. View the complete list of  important dates. Last day to register to vote in the State Primary

Friday, August 19 – 8 am to 4 pm in the Town Clerk’s Office and 4 to 5 pm at the Police Station

State Primary

Thursday, September 8 – 7 am to 8 pm, at the John Glenn Middle School

Last day to register to vote in the Presidential Election

Wednesday, October 19 – 8 am to 4 pm in the Town Clerk’s Office and 4 to 5 pm at the Police Station

Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 8 – 6 am to 8 pm, at the John Glenn Middle School .

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Joint Campaign Office for State Rep Ken Gordon and Congressman Seth Moulton

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Congressman Seth Moulton opened their joint campaign office in Burlington on July 18, launching Representative Gordon’s reelection campaign for the 21st Middlesex District. The district includes Bedford, Burlington and part of Wilmington. Bedford residents Richard Bowen, Ted Carlson and Joanne Glover, Ron Cordes, Tom Larkin, Lois & Brown Pulliam, Rick Rosen and -Mike Rosenberg joined more than 50 district residents gathered for the event.  State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington) and Moulton staffer Lucas Santos spoke, along with Larry Cohen, the chair of Burlington’s Democratic Town Committee. The speakers described a list of Rep. Gordon’s accomplishments for his district in his first two terms in office, including the forum he convened with Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) that resulted in the commitment of $800,000 in federal dollars to address the traffic bottleneck at the intersection of Route 93 and Route 3.

Everybody is a Winner at Bedford’s Town Election

By Julie McCay Turner

The turnout for today’s town election may not match Super Tuesday’s, but the day’s ambient enthusiasm is far greater. The ubiquitous election incentives – coffee and donuts for campaign workers and passing voters – were enhanced by fresh flowers, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and a library trustee’s offering of books available for adoption. Candidates and their siblings were joined by parents, spouses and kids, celebrating the early spring sunshine. The polls are open at the John Glenn Middle School until 6 pm this evening. After the polls close, Selectman candidate Caroline Fedele and School Committee candidate Mike McAllister are encouraging everyone to stop in to the Red Heat Tavern for a recap of the day, and to celebrate everyone’s election.

Candidates Fedele and McAllister will Host Post-Election Get-Together Tomorrow Evening

Special to The Bedford Citizen

A pair of un-opposed candidates in tomorrow’s town election, Mike McAllister, an incumbent running for School Committee, and Caroline Fedele, an incumbent candidate for Selectman, are adding a bit of a flourish to close out the day. In an email on Friday, candidate Fedele said, “We would like to invite our supporters to Red Heat Tavern tomorrow evening, after the polls close at 6 pm.  The gathering is a way for the candidates to thank their supporters with an informal get together. The candidates have reserved the front section of the restaurant, and will provide appetizer platters for everyone to share. “All candidates and their supporters are welcome to join in the fun,” continued Fedele. “We are so lucky to have such great candidates running in every race, strong support from Bedford residents and the opportunity to serve this great town of Bedford.”

Bedford’s Town Election: All the Facts You’ll Need to Cast an Informed Ballot on Saturday

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Although there are no contested races in this year’s Town Election, Saturday’s ballot is important and deserves your careful consideration. Click our main candidate story, with links to each candidate’s original statement, their answers to our questions and their final campaign statements. Click this compilation of Letters to the Editor to see what other residents have to say about this year’s candidates ballot

Where does Bedford vote? Bedford votes in the gymnasium at the John Glenn Middle School, McMahon Road. The polls will be open from 8 am until 6 pm, on Saturday and The Citizen will bring the results to our readers as quickly as they are available.

Bedford’s Preliminary Presidential Primary Results

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay posted the voting machine tapes for each of Bedford’s precincts around 8:45 this evening, and she will post the final, official results on the town’s website later tonight. Unofficial results indicate that Hillary Clinton topped Bedford’s Democratic ticket with 1,675 votes, followed by Bernie Sanders’s 1,356 votes. In the Republican contest, 654 votes were cast for Donald Trump, with 499 for John Kasich, 351 for Marco Rubio and 178 for Ted Cruz. In all, more than 4,800 votes were cast. an approximate 24% increase over the 2008 primary.

Massachusetts Presidential Primary: Mid-day Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Early morning voters began to line up in the corridor outside the John Glenn Middle School (JGMS) gymnasium at 6:40 am, with about two dozen people waiting for the doors to open at 7 am. While the JGMS parking lot is typically jammed with sign-toting partisans advocating for their favorite candidates, there were none this year. The Democratic Town Committee’s table was attended by State Representative Ken Gordon, collecting signatures on nomination papers for Democratic candidates hoping to qualify for September’s state primary ballot. Shortly after 7:30 the crowds arrived in full force, creating traffic jams along Railroad Avenue as cars waited to get into the JGMS parking lot, and Coffee with a Cop began around 8 am. Appreciative residents, enjoyed coffee and conversatoin after casting their ballots.

Vote in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary Tuesday, March 1

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Beyond voting for the presidential candidate of your choice in tomorrow’s primary, remember that there are local residents on the Democratic and Republican ballots. They are running for the state and town committee slots for each party. On the Democratic Ballot

State Committee Man: Ronald Cordes
State Committee Woman: Janet Beyer
Bedford Democratic Town Committee: Alma J. Hart, Brian Theodore Hart, Dorothy C. Africa, Robert Holmes Pooley, Richard H. Bowen, Kenneth I. Gordon, Catherine Cordes, Christopher M. Gittins, Thomas J. Larkin, Lois F. Pulliam, S. Brown Pulliam, Doris A. Smith, Anita Tapper Feld, Robert L. Batt, Margot R. Fleischman, Deborah A. Picciuto, Meredith McCulloch, John McCulloch, Shawn J. Hanegan, Sandra L. Hackman, Carol C. Amick, Abigail A. Hafer, and Alan M. MacRobert. On the Republican Ballot

State Committee Man: Peter Dulchinos, James E. Dixon, or Jonathan A. Golnik
State Committee Woman: Sandi Martinez
Bedford Republican Town Committee: John M. Stella, Aimee M. Voleti, Robert M. Avakian, Robert Simon Peter Avakin III, Alice Sun. Where to vote
All four of Bedford’s precincts vote at the John Glenn Middle School, 97 McMahon Road, Bedford.

Final Statements from Each of the Candidates in Bedford’s March 12 Town Election

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

This week The Bedford Citizen offers final statements from each of the candidates on the ballot in Bedford’s annual town election on March 12. You can help to create a community conversation about this year’s election! We invite our readers to share their thoughts about issues or candidates via email Letters to the Editor by clicking thebedfordcitizen@gmail.com after you have read their final statements. Moderator
Catherine Cordes

Selectmen
Caroline Fedele, Incumbent
William Moonan, Incumbent

School Committee
Michael McAllister, Incumbent
JoAnn Santiago

Planning Board
Amy Lloyd, Incumbent
Shawn Hanegan, Incumbent

Assessors
R. Bruce Murphy, Incumbent

Board of Health
Bea Brunkhorst, Incumbent

Library Trustee
Abigail Hafer, Incumbent
Elizabeth McCulloch Hacala
Emily Jean Mitchell

Housing Authority
Lewis Putney, Incumbent – No reply as of February 25

Regional School Committee
Donald Drouin, Incumbent – No reply as of February 25

Q&A from Each of the Candidates in Bedford’s March 12 Town Election

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In the second installment of The Bedford Citizen’s coverage of Bedford’s annual town election, each of the candidates has answered two questions. The first question was answered by all candidates and the second specifically targets the candidate’s chosen board or committee. Next Thursday we will post the final campaign statements from each candidate. To create a community conversation around this year’s election, we invite our readers to share their thoughts about issues or candidates via email Letters to the Editor by clicking thebedfordcitizen@gmail.com. Moderator
Catherine Cordes

Selectmen
Caroline Fedele, Incumbent
William Moonan, Incumbent

School Committee
Michael McAllister, Incumbent
JoAnn Santiago

Planning Board
Amy Lloyd, Incumbent
Shawn Hanegan, Incumbent

Assessors
R. Bruce Murphy, Incumbent

Board of Health
Bea Brunkhorst, Incumbent

Library Trustee
Abigail Hafer, Incumbent
Elizabeth McCulloch Hacala
Emily Jean Mitchell

Housing Authority
Lewis Putney, Incumbent – No reply as of February 18

Regional School Committee
Donald Drouin, Incumbent – No reply as of February 18

Massachusetts Presidential Primary: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In just two weeks, Bedford voters will go to the polls along with the rest of Massachusetts to vote in the state’s Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 1. Polls will open at 7 am and close at 8 pm, with all four of Bedford’s precincts voting in the gymnasium at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. There will be ballots for registered Republicans and Democrats as well as members of the Rainbow/Green Party and registered Independents. Voters who are unenrolled (‘U’ on the voters’ list) may select the ballot of their choice and return to their unenrolled status before leaving the polling place. In addition to voting for presidential candidates, local State and Town Committee seats appear on each party’s ballot.

Campaign Statements from Each of the Candidates in Bedford’s March 12 Town Election

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Coverage of Bedford’s annual town election begins today with statements from each of the candidates on the March 12 ballot. In the weeks leading up to the election, The Citizen will post a series of candidate questions and answers as well as final campaign statements from each candidate. To create a community conversation around this year’s election, we invite our readers to share their thoughts about issues or candidates via email Letters to the Editor by clicking thebedfordcitizen@gmail.com. Moderator
Catherine Cordes

Selectmen
Caroline Fedele, Incumbent
William Moonan, Incumbent

School Committee
Michael McAllister, Incumbent
JoAnn Santiago

Planning Board
Amy Lloyd, Incumbent
Shawn Hanegan, Incumbent

Assessors
R. Bruce Murphy, Incumbent

Board of Health
Bea Brunkhorst, Incumbent

Library Trustee
Abigail Hafer, Incumbent
Elizabeth McCulloch Hacala
Emily Jean Mitchell

Housing Authority
Lewis Putney, Incumbent – No reply as of February 11

Regional School Committee
Donald Drouin, Incumbent – No reply as of February 11

 

Shawn Hanegan Announces His 2014 Candidacy for the Bedford Planning Board

Submitted by Shawn Hanegan

I am writing to formally announce my candidacy for re-election to the Bedford Planning Board, a Board I have served on since May 2012. I’ve lived in Bedford with my family since 2011. One thing that I have learned and become convinced about during that time is that Bedford is a great town. With its fabulous school system, large number of interested citizens, and its small town character, I couldn’t be happier with a place to raise my children in. Being a great town, however, is not something that is earned once, put on the shelf, and automatically kept forever.

March 12 Town Election Ballot Set

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

On Friday, Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay released the names of candidates who will appear on the ballot for Bedford’s March 12 Town Election:
Selectmen – Two 3-year terms

William S. Moonan, incumbent and caucus nominee
Caroline Fedele, incumbent and caucus nominee

Assessors – One 3-year term

Robert Bruce Murphy, incumbent and caucus nominee

Moderator – One 3-year term

Catherine B. Cordes, caucus nominee

Board of Health – One 3-year term

Beatrice A. Brunkhorst, incumbent and caucus nominee

Housing Authority – One 3-year term

Lewis Putney, incumbent with nomination papers certified

Planning Board – Two 3-year terms

Amy Faith Lloyd, incumbent and caucus nominee
Shawn J. Hanegan, incumbent and caucus nominee

Library Trustee – Three 3-year terms

Abigail A. Hafer, incumbent and a caucus nominee
Elizabeth McCulloch Hacala, caucus nominee
Emily Jean Mitchell, caucus nominee

Regional School Committee – One 3-year term

Donald Drouin, incumbent with nomination papers certified

School Committee – Two 3-year terms

JoAnn Santiago, nomination papers certified
Michael Eamon McAllister, incumbent and caucus nominee

Should additional individuals choose, they may run as write-in or sticker candidates on Election Day.

JoAnn Santiago Announces Her School Committee Candidacy

Special to The Bedford Citizen from JoAnn Santiago

It is with great pleasure that I announce my intention to run for the opening seat on the Bedford School Committee, and respectfully request your vote.  As a member of the School Committee I will bring the perspective of a parent of middle and high school students, twenty years’ experience as a strategic planner helping not-for-profit organizations make data-driven decisions, and a desire to help our town continue to foster its excellent public school system. Editor’s Note: Ms. Santiago’s nomination papers were certified by Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay on January 21, and so her name will appear on the March 12 ballot for Bedford’s Annual Town Election. My husband Omar and I have lived in Bedford for ten years, and are very grateful for the environment in which it has allowed us to raise our two daughters, who are growing into thoughtful and independent young women.  Many aspects of the town from the attentive planning, the robust recreation programming, and the engaging summer programs contribute to this, but the schools are at the heart. During the last several months I have worked on the Bedford Public Schools Space Needs Task Force, digging deep into population projections and other state and local data to determine that the recent increase in enrollment at the Davis and Lane Schools is a long term trend requiring the town to explore options to expand school capacity.  I look forward to continuing my work with this task force as it begins to explore options to respond while being mindful of taxpayer funds. My husband and I have also volunteered in support of our children’s activities, including in the art room and World Language Program at Davis School, coaching Destination Imagination teams, providing backstage support for the cast and crew of the John Glen Middle School spring musicals, and cheering on the BHS girls’ volleyball team.

Nomination Papers Certified for Lewis Putney, Incumbent Running for Reelection to the Bedford Housing Authority

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Incumbent Lewis M. Putney will be on Bedford’s March 12 town election ballot as a candidate for reelection to the Bedford Housing Authority.  Prior to Tuesday’s Town Caucus, Putney Tuesday’s Town Caucus, had already turned in nomination papers with sufficient certified signatures according to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay. The Housing Authority is responsible for affordable, subsidized rental housing for those of low income. Nomination papers for all offices are available from the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours through Wednesday, January 20 and must be returned by close of business on Friday, January 22, 2016. Candidates returning nomination papers with 50 or more certified signatures will be placed on the ballot for the March 12 election.

Murphy, Brunkhorst, Hafer, Hacala, Mitchell, Cordes, Hanegan, Lloyd, McAlister, Fedele, and Moonan are Caucus Nominees!

By Meredith McCulloch and Julie Turner

Voters ventured forth in Tuesday evening’s snow to participate in Bedford’s 2016 Town Caucus, nearly filling the large group instruction room at the John Glenn Middle School. Selectman Margot Fleischman chaired the meeting that named candidates who will be designated “Caucus Nominee” on the ballot for Bedford’s March 12 town election. At the end of the evening, there were nominees for each position with three exceptions: One of two open School Committee seats, the Housing Authority, and the Regional School Committee had no nominee, although up to two nominees could have been voted for each open position. Under Bedford’s by-laws, at least eight percent of those in attendance are required for a candidate to be named “Caucus Nominee,” but the arithmetic was easy this year, since each vote was unanimous. At the end of the meeting Fleischman described the method by which nomination for any open seat, including those with a caucus nominee, can be achieved by petition.

Town Caucus: Tonight at 7 pm at JGMS

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s 2016 electoral season begins tonight — Tuesday, January 12 — with the  annual Town Caucus of registered voters. The proceedings will begin at 7 pm in the Large Group Instruction Room at the John Glenn Middle School, 99 McMahon Road. The Caucus will select candidates whose names on the March 12 ballot will be followed by the designation Caucus Nominee. Candidates may also secure nomination papers from the Town Clerk on or before January 20, obtain sufficient signatures of registered voters, and return the papers for certification on January 22, 2016. The offices to be considered at tonight’s caucus are:

Assessors: 1 three-year term
Board of Health: 1 three-year term
Housing Authority: 1 five-year term
Library Trustees: 3 three-year terms
Moderator: 1 three-year term
Planning Board: 2 three-year terms
Regional School Committee: 1 three-year term
School Committee: 2 three-year terms
Selectmen: 2 three-year terms