Voters choose Tuesday in state primary

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Voters will decide several hotly contested statewide and district primary races on Tuesday, September 14. Polls open at 7 am and will close at 8 pm.

Voters, including registered independents (unenrolled), may vote in the primary election but must request only one party’s ballot.

Several candidates face no challenge in the primary but can expect opposition in the general election on November 2, from independents whose names do not appear on the primary ballot.

For example, former State Police Sgt. Neal Maciel of Tisbury, running as an independent, will challenge incumbent Dukes County sheriff Mike McCormack of West Tisbury in November. Joe Van Nes of West Tisbury will run for Congress as an independent. There are no Democratic or Republican nominations for Dukes County commissioner.

Following are brief sketches of the candidates in contested Democratic and Republican primaries, based on campaign literature, the responsibilities of the office they seek, and contacts where voters may find more information about individual candidates.

Treasurer

The treasurer manages state finances including the Department of Revenue, the state lottery, and state pension plans.

Steven Grossman (D) of Newton is chairman of Grossman Marketing Group in Somerville, a leading figure in numerous charitable organizations, and the former chairman of the local and national Democratic Party; he stresses his private sector business skills (stevegrossman.com).

Stephen J. Murphy (D) of Boston has worked in the public and private sector. He is a Boston city councillor and stresses his successful efforts to rein in city costs and balance the city budget (murphyfortreasurer.com).

Auditor

The victor in the general election will replace Joe DeNucci, auditor since 1987. The office of the state auditor “audits the agencies of state government to ensure that funds are spent in an appropriate manner.”

Democrats will choose among three primary candidates.

Suzanne M. Bump of Great Barrington is a former elected state representative and heads the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. “As State Auditor, protecting taxpayers through fiscal accountability will be the central mission of my office,” she said (www.suzannebump.com).

Guy William Glodis of Auburn is a former state representative and senator. He is currently the elected Worcester County sheriff. Mr. Glodis said as auditor he would focus upon job creation, economic development, tax relief, and good government (guyglodis.com).

Mike Lake of Boston is the executive director of the World Class Cities partnership at Northeastern University and is the former director of development at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimac Valley (electmikelake.com). “As State Auditor, I will ensure that our state government is accountable for every taxpayer dollar,” he said.

Republicans will choose between two candidates in the race for auditor.

Mary Z. Connaughton (Maryforauditor.com) of Framingham is a certified public acountant, was a professional auditor for Ernst & Young and served on the board of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. She said the auditor is the person responsible for making sure hard-earned tax dollars are spent in the public’s best interest, and she stresses her professional rather than political background.

Kamal Jain (kamaljain.com) of Lowell stresses his 20-plus years of business and technology experience in the private sector where “his ability to understand both complex systems and human interactions have allowed him to improve service while reducing costs and eliminating waste — concepts foreign to our state government.”

Representative in Congress

William D. Delahunt, a Democrat, will step down after seven terms in Congress. His successor will represent the Cape and islands and the South Shore in Washington, D.C.

Democrats will choose between two candidates.

William R. Keating of Quincy, the Norfolk district attorney, is running on his record as district attorney and a progressive platform that includes support of gay rights (billkeating2010.com).

Robert A. O’Leary of Barnstable (olearyforcongress.com), longtime state senator, is a familiar figure to Islanders. A professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he was a leader in state education reform and the landmark Oceans Act. He supports an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Republicans face a field of four.

Robert E. Hayden 3rd (haydenforcongress.com) of Hanover stresses his school hockey achievements and record as an assistant district attorney and lawyer for the department of public utilities. “We need to end handouts and bailouts and stop giving money to our enemies,” he said.

Raymond Kasperowicz (rkasperowicz.com) is a small businessman and accountant. He said it is time to focus on economic growth and prosperity, not government growth and control. He wants to stop the healthcare reform bill.

Joseph Daniel Malone of Scituate (joemalonecongress.com) is a well known political commentator and former state treasurer. He said small business is the engine of economic growth. “It is time to clear the government-created roadblocks of deficits, debts, and high taxes, and once again unleash the greatness of our people and the free enterprise system,” he said.

Jeffrey Davis Perry of Sandwich (jeffperryforcongress.com) is a four-term state representative, lawyer and former police officer.

“We need to restrain the federal government to its legitimate Constitutional functions. Our Founding Fathers were most concerned about the possibility of an overly intrusive and powerful central government, and sadly, their fears are becoming true,” he said.

State Senator

Four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, hope to replace outgoing state Sen. Robert O’Leary.

Sheila R. Lyons (D) of Wellfleet (sheilalyons2010.com) is a social worker and elected Barnstable county commissioner. “We must protect our fragile environment, guarantee a dignified life for our seniors, and create sustainable jobs offering a living wage to the thousands of families struggling to make ends meet,” she said.

Daniel Wolf (D) of Harwich is the president of Cape Air, the successful regional airline that serves the Vineyard, Cape, and Nantucket. He is active in community organizations, and his campaign focus includes answering the question, “How can we build an economy that will encourage our wonderful communities to grow while remaining true to their unique characters, creating jobs so the next generation can prosper?”

James H. Crocker Jr. (R) (crockerforsenate.com) of Barnstable is a real estate professional and vice president of the Barnstable town council. He would “put his work experience and knowledge to use to create a more business friendly climate on Cape Cod where entrepreneurs are encouraged to start and grow their small businesses.”

Eric R. Steinhilber (R) of Barnstable (electeric.com) has a background in business and real estate. He is also development director of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. “I will fight to cut the income tax, repeal the sales tax increase, and stop any and all tax hikes on our families, our seniors, and our businesses. Tax dollars belong to the people — not to the government,” he said.

Councillor First District

The First District includes Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth counties. The Massachusetts Governor’s Council is composed of eight individuals and acts on issues that include criminal pardons and commutations, and approval of judicial appointments.

The Democratic ballot includes Oliver P. Cipollini Jr. (committeetoelectolivercipollini.vpweb.com) of Barnstable; Jeffrey T. Gregory of Fall River; Thomas J. Hallahan (tomhallahan.com) of Oak Bluffs; Walter D. Moniz of Fairhaven; and Patricia L. Mosca of Bourne.

Republican candidates include Charles Oliver Cipollini (olivercipollini.com) of Fall river, and Joseph Anthony Ureneck of Boston (votejoeureneck.com).

Town Voting Locations

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm

Aquinnah: old town hall

Chilmark: Community Center

West Tisbury: Public Safety Building

Tisbury: American Legion Hall

Oak Bluffs: Public library meeting room

Edgartown: Town Hall meeting room