EDITORIAL: 2018 local and state election endorsements

The Sentinel & Enterprise urges voters to get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and let your voices be heard. This is the time to send a message to all politicians as to what their priorities should be for the next terms they’ll be serving at the state or federal level of government.

The overheated political climate must change. Democrats and Republicans must get back to work in a collaborative fashion, and only a return to civil discourse and respect for differing viewpoints can turn the corner.

Voters can help effect this change in attitude by electing lawmakers committed to the deliberative process and bipartisanship.

The newspaper’s endorsements reflect candidates who we believe can best serve the best interest of the people in a style and manner that will inspire confidence and trust in government.

The following is a list of candidates the newspaper is endorsing for election on Nov. 6.

* Governor — Re-elect the Republican team of Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

* U.S. Senate — Elect Republican Geoff Diehl, a state representative from Whitman.

* U.S. Congress, 3rd District — Elect Democrat Lori Trahan.

* Attorney General — Re-elect Democrat Maura Healey.

* State Treasurer — Re-elect Democrat Deborah Goldberg

* State Auditor — Elect Republican Helen Brady.

* Secretary of State — Re-elect Democrat William Galvin.

* Governor’s Council, Fifth District — Elect Republican Richard Baker.

* Worcester and Middlesex, State Senate — Re-elect Republican Dean Tran of Fitchburg.

* 1st Worcester, State Representative — Re-elect Republican Kimberly Ferguson of Holden

* 2nd Worcester, State Representative — Re-elect Democrat John Zlotnik of Gardner.

* 3rd Worcester, State Representative — Re-elect Democrat Stephan Hay of Fitchburg.

* 4th Worcester, State Representative — Re-elect Democrat Natalie Higgins of Leominster.

* 12th Worcester District, State Representative — Re-elect Democrat Harold Naughton Jr. of Clinton.

Statewide Ballot Questions

* Question 1 (Patient-to-Nurse Limits) — Vote No — Massachusetts hospitals rank among the best in the nation, but Question 1 will put that patient care quality and safety at risk. Vote “No” and make no change to current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits.

* Question 2 (Commission on Limiting Election Spending and Corporate Rights) — Vote No.

* Question 3 (Transgender Anti-Discrimination) — Vote Yes — A yes vote would keep in place the current law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation.


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