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April 30, 2013

Surprise! There's an election today

Is it just me, or has this election season been unusually tame?

By this point last November, we were already up to our eyeballs in commercials, advertisements and wall-to-wall political mudslinging on seemingly every channel on television.

It wasn’t much better during the primary season, and my recollection is it was largely the same story in 2010 when Scott Brown and Martha Coakley went at it the last time there was a special election for the U.S. Senate.

True, the primaries during that race may not have been as intense as the general election was, but the fact is that today is an election day, and from what I’ve seen, that might come as a surprise to a lot of people.

Polls will be open in Amesbury at the high school from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and voters will have the opportunity to choose from either the two Democratic candidates, U.S. Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, or the three Republic candidates, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow.

The winners will face off in the June 25 special general election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry.

Even if this is the first you’re hearing about it, make sure you get out and vote!

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With the warm season finally here, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce is preparing a database of street performers for future outdoor events this summer.

The Chamber announced that any insured and licensed performers are welcome to submit contact information and a brief description of what they do, as well as a picture, short video and/or sound clip. Prospective performers should also include the average cost of a performance of one to three hours, and the Chamber noted that it often produces events on a shoestring budget.

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