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Weston Patch Election and Ballot Initiative Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues to watch this fall.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Weston Patch is devoted to providing  you with information on the races and ballot initiatives. Here's our start looking at the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

The Massachusetts Senate Race

Incumbent Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (Republican) is looking to be re-elected this fall.

Elizabeth Warren (Democrat) is running against Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race.

The 2012 Race for the State Senate Seat for Third Middlesex District

Residents of this district will see a new face take control with the announcement of Susan Fargo deciding not to run for re-election. Vying for her seat are:

Three initiatives likely to make the November ballot:

  • A Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana: This intiative seeks to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana as a medical drug. It calls for no penalities for "qualifying patients, physicians and health care professionals, personal caregivers for patients, or medical marijuana treatment center agents for the medical use of marijuana."
  • An Act Relative to Death with Dignity: This initiative would allow physicians to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients that would end their lives. The act would require that patients are mentally capable of making this decision and orally communicate it to a doctor on two occasions 15 days apart. Participation by a doctor or health care facility would be voluntary.
  • An Act to Protect Motor Vehicle Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles: This initiative would require all car manufacturers to provide — on an equitable fair-market value subscription basis — all diagnostic and repair information for model years beginning in 2015 to owners or an owner’s designated in-state independent repair facility (not affiliated with a manufacturer or its authorized dealers). The law would also make available for purchase information for model years 2002 through 2014.
Isabella Jancourtz June 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Then there's the Presidential race. Truth Out's "The New Obama Doctrine: A Six Point Plan for Global War" arrived this morning. Is this for real? Or just another bad Hollywood movie? Check it out at http://truth-out.org/news/item/9792-the-new-obama-doctrine-a-six-point-plan-for-global-war#.T9urzj66E3c.email for yourself. The details are chilling. Most Americans have had enough of endless war. But with a political system as corrupt as ours, fueled by obscene amounts of money, we now have noone to vote for who will put us on the path to peace. I fear for my grandchildren and for my country. President Eisenhower's prophetic warning for Americans to "beware the military-industrial complex" has been ignored for too long. Time for the silent majority to be a lot less silent, I would say.
William Crum June 17, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Isabella: You raise many valid questions, but don't propose any practical solutions. Congressman Ed Markey has introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which overturned the McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform law, by declaring that corporations and other similar entities are not legal persons with 1st Amendment free speech rights. The odds of this getting approved are slim to none but we need to get effective campaign finance reform and have more independent media. You were part of the "silent majority" on the Weston Town Meeting Advisory Committee (WTMAC), and allowed bullies on the committee to misrepresent what the MA Open Meeting Law actually allows (email fact sharing) and what it prohibits (a majority of a committee prejudging and predeciding an issue) without citing a single relevant judicial opinion, so your credibility with me is at low tide. William C. Crum
Isabella Jancourtz June 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM
You were the only bully on the Weston Town Meeting Advisory Committee, Bill Crum. That is why our moderator asked you to resign, I believe, according to the string of e-mail which you sent me on June 8. Based on my own experience, I fully support her decision. Your foul-mouthed, threatening e-mails to me and to other members of WTMAC, including our long-suffering chair, were an intolerable harassment. Deranged attacks on other people don't help your cause, whatever that may be. For the record, I asked you on May 25 to please take me off your e-mail list and you did not honor my request. Have you no shame, Mr. Crum?
William Crum June 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Ms. Jancourtz: You woke me up around 6:30 am on the Saturday morning before Memorial Day with a drunken voice message. You said I could sent you emails, but I won't since you are unreasonable.Please do not call me or my spouse again. I am not "foul-mouthed". The chair of WTMAC intentionally violated the MA OML by not posting an agenda at least 48 hours before the 4/03/12 meeting. As a lawyer, do you condone a fellow member of the MA Bar violating MA law? I bullied noone and wanted the majority of the Committee to know what agenda items had been proposed, instead of Tom Crane censoring ideas and trying to suppress my First Amendment rights. The shame should be on you, not me. Don't dish it out if you can't handle a fact based response. William C. Crum
Isabella Jancourtz June 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Mr. Crum, you posted a nasty public comment on WestonPatch in response to my private request to you to please take me off your e-mail list. The next day when I awoke and saw in horror what you had done, I did indeed leave you an early morning telephone message asking you to please delete that comment so that it would not detract from the deer hunting issue to which we are both opposed. I did also say that if you deleted that comment, you could keep me on your e-mail list, so long as there were no more ad hominem attacks on anyone. Instead of doing that, you continued to send me your creepy e-mails, to which I have not responded. Once again, I repeat, I do not wish to hear from you any more.
William Crum June 18, 2012 at 01:53 AM
In a democracy with the First Amendment right of free political speech, neither you or anyone else has the right to ban critical comments about public officials, including WTMAC members. If you don't like this, try living in Cuba or North Korea. Other people who saw my earlier comment thought it was okay and that you were being "irrational". Now you escalate with words like "horror" and "creepy". If you choose to participate in a public forum, anyone can comment on or rebut your statements.Grow up! William C. Crum
Isabella Jancourtz June 18, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Your creepy group e-mails attacking various members of the Weston Town Meeting Advisory Committee are apparently what got you removed from this public body, Mr. Crum. By "creepy" I mean the deranged rant of a relentless bully with a very filthy mouth. As our moderator Wendy Spector stated at the June 12 WTMAC meeting, public release of these e-mails would not look good for you. Our chair Tom Crane said that he had told her that he would not continue to serve if you remained on the committee. This June 12 meeting is currently being broadcast by the Weston Media Center. Previously, when you took my private request to be removed from your e-mail list and responded within hours by posting an inane public comment to a letter I had written to WestonPatch on the deer hunting issue, that was also beyond the pale. None of this is political free speech, Mr. Crum. It is bullying, plain and simple. And in fact bullying detracts from any kind of free speech and from civil discourse in general. That is why I asked with the famous line from the McCarthy hearings, "Have you no shame, Mr. Crum?" Guess you still don't get it.
Abby Jordan (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Hi William and Isabella, it might be best to switch to email for your conversation. I don't believe this is the best way to air your grievances.
William Crum June 18, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Ms. Jordan: I agree that our public back and forth is probably of decreasing interest to your readers and as editor you can decide what to publish or not. Just to set the record straight, my comment which set Ms Jancourtz off was to the effect that I value her opinions in the future even if she does not want to consider mine. This was in response to her wanting to exclude my seven reasons for banning bow hunting in Weston, which Diane Anderson adopted in her public petition to the Weston Board of Selectmen, which is very much First Amendment free speech. How this equates to Senator Joseph McCarthy bullying Fred Fisher and making other unfounded charges with undisclosed lists about Communists in the Army and State Department in the 1950s is a mystery to me. I got Ms. Jancourtz's allusion, just not the any way it applied to me. William C. Crum
Lorena Bobbit June 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Hey Bill and Isabella---Get a room!---You two kids obviously are in love.
Larry Shaw November 06, 2012 at 12:22 PM
If I may interrupt the fascinating if dated discourse above, thanks to the Patch for alerting me that Tom Tierny (R) and Ed Markey (D), incumbent, are vying for Susan Fargo's seat. It's so rare these days to see an incumbent running for an office the first time, and downgrading from the US to the State Senate as well. Once again the Patch provides news no other outlet does!

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