The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 17, 2010

Carlisle’s Jon Golnik is Republican pick for U.S. Rep.

Many hold signs at the entrance to the Town Hall driveway on Election Day. (Photos by Ellen Huber)

Jonathan Golnik of Elizabeth Ridge Road has won the nomination in the September 14 Republican Primary race for Representative in the U.S. Congress from the 5th District of Massachusetts. According to state results posted Wednesday on with 195 of 196 precincts tallied, Golnik received 39% of the vote, while primary opponents Sam Meas received 26%, Thomas Weaver 21% and Robert Shapiro 15%. In Carlisle, Golnik won with 333 of the 436 Republican ballots cast. Incumbent Niki Tsongas ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary. She will face Golnik in the general election in November.

Asked to comment on his campaign and his victory in the primary, Golnik said, “It was a long process. We’ve been doing this for ten months. We come from one of the smaller towns and come from outside of the political arena, so we don’t have much of a political base to speak of. We’re very happy with where we are, but we have a lot of work left to do. The primaries favor the incumbents. Now we’ve got 49 days to try to scale our organization. We turned out 12,000 votes. Now we’ve got to turn out 125,000 votes.”

Regarding Tsongas, he said that he thought she was a nice person, but noted, “We share one goal in common: to try to take the country to a better place. What we will disagree on is the path to take us there.”

Golnik may be the first local resident to run for national office, according to former Historical Commission Chair and Gleason Library Director Peggy Hilton. She can vouch with certainty for the past 42 years, during which time she has lived in town and does not recall any earlier candidates being mentioned in the historical documents. She noted that in the past Carlisle Selectman Doug Stevenson and one or two others have run for state office.

Illegal campaign tactics

A one-sheet flier titled, “The Town Monitor,” was illegally distributed to some mailboxes in town prior to Tuesday’s election. The flier indicated erroneously that Golnik had dropped out of the race. According to Town Clerk Charlene Hinton, it is a federal offence for unauthorized persons to place objects in a U.S. mailbox and the police are investigating. She said that postal workers removed many of the fliers while making their mail delivery rounds.

Marcia Wallhagen takes a turn holding candidates’ signs. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Carlisle sees light voter turn-out

A total of 21.72% of Carlisle’s 3,581 active registered voters participated in the Primary Elections. One reason for the low turn-out may be that Carlisle’s un-enrolled voters outnumber the members of any political party. According to Hinton, there are 2,117 voters listed as un-enrolled. In comparison, there are 902 Democrats, 550 Republicans, seven Libertarians, four registered in the Green-Rainbow Party and one Interdependent 3rd party voter.

Hinton said the election ran smoothly in Carlisle with only a couple of minor incidents. Police removed a large political sign placed on a car in the parking lot after a couple of people complained about it. Someone walked out with a pumpkin which had been decorating the voting area in the Clark Room, but Hinton said that they soon brought it back. She concluded, “It was pretty quiet. The flow was steady during the day, which was ideal for the poll workers.” ∆

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