The Massachusetts primaries are on Tuesday.
The Working Families, Green-Rainbow, and Republican parties all have uncontested (or null-candidate) primaries this year. So the Democrats are the only ones to choose between, and only three of the races in my town are contested:
- Federal Senator
I’d recommend Kerry, but I’m still considering voting for O’Reilly. Which sounds silly now that I see it in type. They seem to have identical progressive platforms. Kerry is the safe pick; he hasn’t pissed me off, and he’s a good, powerful senator.
O’Reilly makes a lot of hay about Kerry’s Iraq vote, which is fair. O’Reilly seems a little green — I would have preferred to see a challenger maybe from the House. But it pleases me to vote anti-incumbant, and I may yet do so. You can see their debate on Youtube.
- Councillor from 6th District
Governor’s Councillors largely vote to approve or reject judicial nominations by the govenor. Last time we voted on this, I recommended the incumbant, Callahan, and I still do. His opponent, Trionfi-Mazzuchelli feels he’s too judge-cozy and wants to term-limit judges. I’m not a big fan of term limits, so I’m sticking with Callahan.
- State Senator
This race got more interesting recently, with the drop-out of the incumbant Marzilli due to his lady troubles. That leaves Hurd and Donnelly. Like Kerry and O’Reilly, it seems these guys agree on all the main issues. Hurd seems more prepared and has more detailed policy proposals. In particular with regard to public transportation. Plus, he runs his site on WordPress, which can’t be a bad sign. So I’d give the nod to Hurd.
Picking between Massachusetts Democrats is boring.