Topics: Elections

CHATHAM – Two familiar faces and one newcomer were elected to the board of selectmen Tuesday. Incumbents Dean Nicastro and Cory Metters each won their second three-year term on the board, while planning board chairman Peter Cocolis captured a one-year seat left vacant by the resignation of Amanda Love. Metters topped the voting for the two three-year terms with 1,251, followed by Nicastro with 1,006, and fo...

CHATHAM – Despite Thursday's annual election having the highest number of contested races in several years, fund raising by candidates fell below the three previous elections. According to campaign finance reports filed last Wednesday, candidates raised a total of $9,873 this year. That's roughly half of last year's $19,601 total raised by two candidates running for a single seat on the board of selectmen. Thr...

CHATHAM – Despite Thursday's annual election having the highest number of contested races in several years, fund raising by candidates fell below the three previous elections. According to campaign finance reports filed last Wednesday, candidates raised a total of $9,873 this year. That's roughly half of last year's $19,601 total raised by two candidates running for a single seat on the board of selectmen. Thr...

ORLEANS — Some of the promises made at this week's town meeting will have to be kept right away. On Monday, voters said they wanted to spend $4.2 million to advance water quality projects, $450,000 to fund Other Post-Employment Benefits obligations, $275,000 to seed a new affordable housing trust, and $175,000 for a master plan to relocate facilities at Nauset Beach. Next Tuesday, they'll have to confirm tho...

CHATHAM – For the first time in the more than two decades it has sponsored candidate forums centered on the annual town election, the League of Women Voters of the Cape Cod Area has cancelled a planned debate. That leaves a single event, a forum sponsored by the Chatham Alliance for Preservation and Conservation scheduled for May 2, for voters to hear the five candidates for the board of selectmen discuss and ...

HARWICH – You have to look really hard to find much difference in policy positions among the three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor. In a debate at Monomoy Regional High School Monday, the candidates outlined similar positions on issues such as affordable housing, education, immigration and transportation. Each attacked Gov. Charles Baker as ineffective and said as governor they wo...

CHATHAM – Two last-minute candidates, one of whom is a former selectman, have transformed this year's annual town election from what was an uncontested yawner into a potentially hot race. Last Thursday, the final day to secure a place on the May 17 ballot, Seth Taylor turned in nomination papers to run for the two three-year terms on the board, while Jamie Bassett turned in papers for the one-year unexpired te...

CHATHAM – Peter Cocolis' career in the aerospace industry, where he worked on commercial and military programs, and in the Air Force, where he worked at the Pentagon and participated in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks in the 1980s, taught him both to ask a lot of questions and not be afraid to make mistakes. “You learn by doing and you learn by making mistakes,” he said. Currently chairman of the plannin...

CHATHAM – With one week left before nominations for the annual town election close, there are candidates for every position on the ballot, but as of early this week no contested races. Planning Board Chairman Peter Cocolis became the latest to join the slate of candidates, taking out nomination papers for the one-year term on the board of selectmen left vacant by the resignation of Amanda Love. Cocolis was una...

CHATHAM – Nearly two years after it dipped below 6,000, the town's official population figure has once again risen above that milestone, thanks to last month's presidential election. It's not unusual for voter registration to spike during a presidential election year, said Town Clerk Julie Smith. That in turn leads to an increase in the official count of the total number of residents in town, which is based bo...

HARWICH — Town Clerk Anita Doucette is anticipating a 90 percent voter turnout for the Nov. 8 presidential election, which means more than 9,000 voters will be casting ballots. Early voting is helping to relieve some of the anticipated crowding on election day, but town officials have developed a plan to help mitigate conditions at the polls. It starts with parking at the community center, where voting will ta...

Monomoy Students Sponsor Lively Senate Candidate Debate

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

HARWICH – Anyone who thinks today’s high school students aren’t interested in the issues that affect their communities would have seen something different at Monomoy Regional High School last Tuesday night. Nearly 150 people showed up to hear a debate between the five candidates vying to replace retiring three-term Senator Dan Wolf, who represents the Cape and Islands district in the Massachussetts Senate. The...

MacAskill And Kavanagh Winners In Harwich Election

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Voters returned incumbent Selectman Michael D. MacAskill to a three-year term on the board and elected a new member, Julie E. Kavanagh, to a three-year term in Tuesday's annual election, which saw an extremely thin turnout with only 1,566 voters going to the polls. MacAskill was the big winner with 997 votes. Kavanagh received 789 votes, just 100 more than incumbent Linda Cebula. This will be MacAski...

Democracy, With A Bullet

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With town meeting and election season over, it's helpful to look back with a critical eye toward what changes could be made to improve the processes, and just as importantly to recognize what worked well. In both Chatham and Harwich, town meetings moved through voluminous and complex warrants relatively quickly and efficiently. With literally hundreds of years of experience, it's no surprise that the communiti...