Monday, November 1, 2010

The Candidates With the Courage: Terry Franklin's Voters' Choice List for the Northeast

I wanted to send this around one last time before tomorrow's voting.

-- Terry

California, with its Proposition 19, is the place to vote this year. If you have moved there recently, please do so. If you are from there, and still vote absentee, please do that. If you have a friend out there, call them on Election Day with a reminder, friendly or pesky, whichever the case requires.

But for us voters in the Northeast, I've put together this list of candidates in our own area who support marijuana legalization.

Not everyone is a single issue voter, but please keep this issue in mind when making your decision. Most of these people are "3rd party" candidates -- Libertarians have been on board for decades -- and it's heartening to see a number of Greens joining them this year. Even without winning, minor party candidates can have an effect: One or both of the major parties see themselves losing voters, and will try to shift their platform in an effort to get them back in the next election. Besides, giving them your vote honors them for taking a difficult and controversial stand. It is important to appreciate that, and to show other politicians such brave stands result in real votes.

I tried to make the list as comprehensive as possible. However, there is no doubt I have missed someone -- especially in the more local races. Carefully evaluate the positions of all the candidates on your ballot before going to the polls on Election Day. Even if someone has not come out for legalization, they may have a position on a lesser issue such as medical, decrim, or hemp which is better than their opponent.

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Please Distribute This List Widely

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Party Designations:

(D) = Democrat
(R) = Republican
(L) = Libertarian
(G) = Green
(M) = US Marijuana Party
(A) = Anti-Prohibition Party
(I) = Independent

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CONNECTICUT

Senate..........(I) John Mertens
Sec. of State...(L) Ken Mosher
Comptroller.....(G) Colin Bennett
Congress........(G) Kenneth Krayeske...1st C.D.
Congress........(G) Charlie Pillsbury..3rd C.D.
State Rep.......(I) Jason Ortiz........54th Dist.

MAINE

State Rep.......(I) Mark Dion.........113th Dist.

MASSACHUSETTS

Governor........(G) Jill Stein
Congress........(I) Mike Engel........1st C.D.
Congress........(D) Barney Frank......4th C.D.
Congress........(R) Sean Bielat.......also in the 4th
State Sen.......(D) Cythia Creem......Newton area
State Sen.......(R) Craig Spadafora...Melrose area
State Rep.......(I) Daniel Melick.....Amherst & Granby
State Rep.......(L) Jonathan Loya.....Hopkinton area
State Rep.......(D) Joyce Spiliotis...Peabody
State Rep.......(I) Ron Madnick.......Worcester area
State Rep.......(G) Scott Laugenaur...Pittsfield area
State Rep.......(I) Stefan Racz.......Pittsfield area also, but diff. dist.
State Rep.......(I) Jim Pillsbury.....Framingham area
State Rep.......(D) Alice Wolf........Cambridge area
State Rep.......(R) Kate Kozitza......Marblehead area
State Rep.......(D) Ted Speliotis.....Danvers area
State Rep.......(I) Bob Underwood.....Springfield area

In addition, 73 towns in MA have non-binding, but important, advisory questions, "PPQs," on the ballot, concerning either legalization or medical marijuana. See the very bottom of this mailing for the Question number for each town.*

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Governor........(L) John Babiarz
Senate..........(L) Ken Blevens
Congress........(L) Phillip Hodson.....1st C.D.
Congress........(L) Howard Wilson......2nd C.D.
State Rep.......(L) Brenden Kelly......Rockingham area
State Rep.......(L) Lisa Wilber........Goffstown area
State Rep.......(L) Rich Tomasso.......W.Manchester area
State Rep.......(L) Steve Couture......Tilton area

NEW JERSEY

Congress........(L) Russ Conger........3rd C.D.
Congress........(L) Joe Siano..........4th C.D.
Congress........(I) David Meiwinkle....also in the 4th
Congress........(L) Jim Gawron.........11th C.D.

NEW YORK

Wow -- 3 gubernatorial candidates are pro-legalization!

Governor........(L) Warren Redlich
Governor........(G) Howie Hawkins
Governor........(A) Kristin Davis
At. General.....(L) Carl Person
Comptroller.....(L) John Gaetani
Senate-6yr......(L)+(A) Randy Credico
Senate-6yr......(G) Colia Clark
Senate-2yr......(L) John Clifton
Senate-2yr......(A) Vivia Morgan
Congress........(L) Elizabeth Burney....5th C.D.
Congress........(L) Tom Vendittelli.....13th C.D.
Congress........(L) Dino Laverghetta....14th C.D.
Congress........(L) Ernest Bell.........24th C.D.
Congress........(L) Marc Romain.........25th C.D.
Congress........(L) Dean Sandstrom......27th C.D.
St. Rep.........(L) Anthony Librera.....60th Dist.
St. Rep.........(L) Dave Narby..........61st Dist.
St. Rep.........(L) Danny Panzella......63rd Dist.
St. Rep.........(L) Bill Gouldman.......90th Dist.

PENNSYLVANIA

Congress........(L) Etzel Vernon........5th C.D.
State Sen.......(L) Betsy Summers.......14th Dist.
State Sen.......(L) Edward Gately.......28th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Michael Robertson...63rd Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Vance Mays..........64th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Erik Viker..........85th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Thomas Anderson.....109th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Brian Bergman.......119th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Tim Mullen..........120th Dist.
State Rep.......(G) Hugh Giordano.......194th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Willian Kohler......196th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Michael Muhammad....203rd Dist.

RHODE ISLAND

Governor........(I) Ronald Algieri

VERMONT

Governor........(M) Cris Ericson
Senate..........(M) Cris Ericson........She's running for both
At. General.....(L) Karen Kerin
State Sen.......(I) Larkin Forney.......Chittenden County

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*Massachusetts PP Question #s, by community:

4- Amherst
4- Attleboro
4- Aquinnah
4- Belchertown
4- Bellingham
4- Blackstone
4- Bolton
6- Boston
5- Bourne
4- Brookline (except Pct. 5 where it is Question 7)
5- Carver
5- Chesterfield
4- Chilmark
4- Cohasset
5- Conway
5- Deerfield
4- Dover
4- Edgartown
5- Falmouth
5- Goshen
5- Gosnold
5- Granby
5- Hingham
4- Holland
5- Hudson
5- Hull
5- Leverett
5- Lincoln
4- Lynn
4- Mansfield
4- Marblehead
4- Maynard
4- Medfield
4- Millis
4- Millville
5- Montague
4- Nantucket
4- Needham
5- New Salem
4- Newton
4- Norfolk
4- North Attleboro
4- Norton
4- Oak Bluffs
5- Palmer
5- Paxton
5- Pelham
4- Plainville
4- Salem
5- Scituate
5- Shutesbury
4- Stow
4- Sturbridge
5- Sudbury
6- Sunderland
4- Sutton
4- Swampscott
4- Tisbury
4- Uxbridge
4- Wales
4- Walpole
4- Ware
5- Wareham
5- Wayland
4- Wellesley
5- Wendell
4- West Tisbury
6- Whately
5- Williamsburg
5- Worcester
5- Worthington
4- Wrentham

5 comments:

  1. THANK YOU FOR LISTING ME AS A CANDIDATE!
    I HAVE BEEN ON THE BALLOT IN VERMONT
    2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
    AND NOW 2010;

    AND GUESS WHAT?

    I WILL CERTAINLY BE ON THE BALLOT 2012!

    I WON'T QUIT UNTIL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL!

    I WANT YOU
    TO DEMAND
    EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW
    TO NOT BE PROSECUTED AND PUNISHED
    FOR USING, GROWING OR SELLING SUBSTANCES
    THAT ARE EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS
    OR LESS DANGEROUS
    THAN OTHER LEGAL PRODUCTS.

    I WANT YOU TO DEMAND EQUAL TREATMENT
    UNDER THE LAW
    TO NOT BE PROSECUTED AND PUNISHED
    FOR USING, GROWING OR SELLING MARIJUANA
    BECAUSE IT IS EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS
    OR LESS DANGEROUS THAN WINE GRAPES,
    BEER HOPS, AND ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

    CRIS ERICSON
    http://USMJP.com
    UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY

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