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Sunday, October 28, 2012

2012 ELECTION GUIDE for LEGALIZATION VOTERS

2012 ELECTION GUIDE for LEGALIZATION VOTERS

Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, with their legalization initiatives, are the places 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, make sure they are registered to vote. 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. Even a few of those major party folks are coming over to the "tolerant" side this year. Legislative action, especially in Maine and Rhode Island have forced some to climb down off the fence. All candidates need to state their positions openly -- if you ever run into one, take the opportunity to ask!

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 that of their opponent.

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Party Designations:

(D) = Democrat
(R) = Republican
(L) = Libertarian
(G) = Green
(M) = US Marijuana Party
(J) = Justice
(I) = Independent

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CONNECTICUT

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(J) Ross "Rocky" Anderson
Senate..........(L) Paul Pasarelli
Congress........(L) Dan Reale...........2nd C.D.
Congress........(G) Colin Bennett.......2nd C.D.
State Sen.......(L) Marc Guttman........20th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Rich Lion...........13th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Chris Grohs.........52nd Dist.
State Rep.......(G) David Bedell........125th Dist.

MAINE

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(G) Jill Stein
Senate..........(I) Andrew Dodge
State Sen.......(G) Asher Platts......8th Dist.
State Sen.......(D) Stan Gerzofsky....10th Dist.
State Sen.......(R) Rich Cebra........13th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Andrew O'Brien....44th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Anna Blodgett.....56th Dist
State Rep.......(D) Mark Dion.........113th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Anne Haskell......117th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Diane Russell.....120th Dist.
State Rep.......(R) Aaron Libby.......139th Dist.
State Rep.......(I) Wayne Mitchell....Penobscot Indian Nation

MASSACHUSETTS

President........(L) Gary Johnson
President........(G) Jill Stein
Congress.........(R) Sean Bielat........4th C.D.
Congress.........(L) Daniel Fishman.....6th C.D.
Congress.........(R) Richard Tisei......6th C.D.
State Sen........(D) Cythia Creem.......1st Middlesex & Norfolk
State Rep........(D) Joyce Spiliotis....12th Essex
State Rep........(D) Ted Speliotis......13th Essex
State Rep........(G) Scott Laugenaur....4th Berkshire
State Rep........(D) Ellen Story........3rd Hampshire
State Rep........(I) Bob Underwood......9th Hampden

QUESTION 3 -- Mass has a medical marijuana question on the ballot this year. It is a binding Question, and will change the law.

In addition, 44 towns in MA have non-binding, but important, advisory questions, "PPQs," on the ballot, concerning full legalization. Here are the Question #s, by town:

Allston 5
Bernardston 7
Billerica 4
Boxford 4
Cambridge (some precincts) 5
Charlemont 5
Charlestown 5
Chelsea 5
Colrain 5
Dalton 8
Essex 4
Everett 5
Georgetown 5
Gloucester 4
Greenfield 5
Groveland 4
Hamilton 6
Hawley 5
Heath 5
Hinsdale 5
Ipswich 4
Leyden 5
Lynn (some precincts) 6
Manchester 4
Marblehead 6
Middleton 4
Monroe 5
Newbury 5
North Andover (some precincts) 4
Northfield 5
North Reading 4
Peru 5
Pittsfield (some precincts) 5
Rockport 4
Rowe 5
Rowley 4
Savoy 5
Somerville 6
Swampscott 6
Wenham 6
West Newbury 5
Wilmington 4
Winchester (some precincts) 5
Windsor 5

NEW HAMPSHIRE

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
Governor........(L) John Babiarz
Congress........(L) Brendan Kelly.........1st C.D.
Congress........(L) Arthur "Hardy" Macia..2nd C.D.
Exec. Council...(L) Howard Wilson.........2nd Dist.
Exec. Council...(L) Michael Baldasarre....3rd Dist.
Exec. Council...(L) Ken Blevens...........4th Dist.
State Sen.......(L) Richard Kahn..........14th Dist.
State Sen.......(R) Lydia Harman..........15th Dist
State Sen.......(L) Rich Tomasso..........16th Dist.
State Sen.......(R) Phil Greazzo..........20th Dist.
State Rep.......(R) Mark Warden...........Hillsborough 7th
State Rep.......(L) Stephen Stefanik......Hillsborough 16th
State Rep.......(L) Lisa Wilber...........Hillsborough 39th
State Rep.......(L) Aidan Ankarberg.......Stafford 5th
State Rep.......(L) Ian Freeman...........Cheshire 6th
County Comm.....(L) James Parker..........Hillsborough 3rd
County Attorney.(L) Max Abramson..........Rockingham
Reg. of Deeds...(L) Darryl Perry..........Cheshire

NEW JERSEY

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(G) Jill Stein
President.......(J) Ross "Rocky" Anderson
Senate..........(L) Kenneth Kaplan
Senate..........(G) Ken Wolski
Congress........(L) John Ordille.......2nd C.D.
Congress........(M) Robert Forchion....3rd C.D.
Congress........(L) Lee Flynn..........6th C.D.
Congress........(L) Patrick McKnight...7th C.D.
Congress........(L) Mick Erickson......10th C.D.

NEW YORK

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(G) Jill Stein
Senate..........(L) Chris Edes
Senate..........(G) Colia Clark
Congress........(L) Michael McDermott...3rd C.D.
Congress........(L) Catherine Wark......5th C.D.
Congress........(L) Daniel Halloran.....6th C.D.
Congress........(G) Vivia Morgan........9th C.D.
St. Rep.........(G) Jeffrey Peress......13th Dist.
St. Rep.........(R)+(L) David Casavis...73rd Dist.
St. Rep.........(L) James Campbell......108th Dist.
St. Rep.........(L) Mark Glogowski......139th Dist.

PENNSYLVANIA

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(G) Jill Stein
Senate..........(L) Rayburn Smith
Attorney Gen....(L) Marakay Rogers
Auditor.........(L) Betsy Summers
Treasurer.......(L) Patricia Fryman
Congress........(L) Mike Koffenberger....4th C.D.
Congress........(I) John Murphy..........16th C.D.
State Rep.......(L) Erik Viker...........85th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) David Moser..........95th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Ken Krawchuk.........153rd Dist.

RHODE ISLAND

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(G) Jill Stein
President.......(J) Ross "Rocky" Anderson
State Sen.......(D) Jaun Pichardo.......2nd Dist.
State Sen.......(L) Mike Rollins........4th Dist.
State Sen.......(D) Harold Metts........6th Dist.
State Sen.......(D) Joshua Miller.......28th Dist.
State Sen.......(D) William Walaska.....30th Dist.
State Sen.......(D) Susan Sosnowski.....37th Dist.
State Sen.......(R) John Lindholm.......37th Dist. - Both Candidates!
State Rep.......(D) Edith Ajello........1st Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Chris Blazejewski...2nd Dist.
State Rep.......(D) John Lombardi.......8th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Scott Slater........10th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Grace Diaz..........11th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Arthur Handy........18th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) David Bennett.......20th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Scott Guthrie.......28th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Donna Walsh.........36th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Larry Valencia......39th Dist.
State Rep.......(R) Michael Chippendale.40th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Jeremiah O'Grady....46th Dist.
State Rep.......(R) Brian Newberry......48th Dist.
State Rep.......(I) Michael Moniz.......49th Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Mary Messier........62nd Dist.
State Rep.......(D) Samuel Lovett.......63rd Dist.
State Rep.......(D) John Edwards........70th Dist.
State Rep.......(L) Daniel Gordon.......71st Dist.
City Council....(I) Catharine Leach.....Warwick 6th

VERMONT

President.......(L) Gary Johnson
President.......(J) Ross "Rocky" Anderson
Governor........(D) Peter Shumlin
Governor........(I) Emily Peyton
Governor........(M) Cris Ericson
Senate..........(M) Cris Ericson........She's running for both
State Sen.......(G) Larkin Forney.......Chittenden County
State Rep.......(D) Jean O'Sullivan.....Chittenden 6-2
State Rep.......(R) Paul Dame...........Chittenden 8-2

In addition, Burlington has a non-binding, but important, advisory question on the ballot about legalization.

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v 1.6 Compiled by Terry Franklin


4 comments:

  1. Tierney is also a yes on 3 -- MA 6th District

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    1. "Congress.........(R) Richard Tisei......6th C.D." should be removed from the list? Because he don't support Full Repeal of Federal Marijuana Prohibition and neither does Tierney. Unlike yourself, Daniel Fishman who definitely is the choice for cannabis reform in that Congressional Race.

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  2. I had heard from several activists that Tisei said he was "open to the idea" of tax & regulate. -- Terry F

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    1. Thanks for the info. Good to know. :)

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