Order of names picked for Port's November ballot

JACK SHEA / STAFF PHOTOThe order in which candidates' names will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 5 election was picked Friday morning by City Clerk's Office manager Cassandra Green from a hat held by City Clerk Richard Jones.

NEWBURYPORT — A drawing Friday morning determined the order in which candidates' names will appear on the Nov. 5 municipal election ballot in Newburyport.

The election will include races for Ward 6 city councilor and five city councilor at-large seats, along with uncontested races for three School Committee seats.

As per tradition, the names were picked in order from a hat inside City Council Chambers.

Candidates for at-large City Council seats will be in the following order: 1. Paul C. O'Brien; 2. Charles F. Tontar; 3. Afroz Khan; 4. Bruce L. Vogel; 5. Joseph H. Devlin; 6. Barry N. Connell; 7. Robert A. Germinara.

Voters will be able to choose five at-large candidates, with the top five vote-getters taking seats on the council. 

Candidates running in the Ward 6 city councilor race will appear as follows: 1. Byron J. Lane; 2. Sarah Hall.

Although the School Committee race is uncontested, candidates' names will appear on the ballot in the following order: 1: Bruce M. Menin; 2. Sheila Reardon Spalding; 3. Sean R. Reardon. 

The ballot will also include a question on whether or not adult use marijuana retail shops should be prohibited in the city.

A "yes" vote would approve ordinances which would ban retail marijuana shops from opening in Newburyport; a "no" vote would allow the shops to open in the zoning areas previously designated by the City Council.

The question reads as follows:

Shall this city adopt the following zoning and general ordinances?

Summary: This question seeks voter approval of a zoning ordinance and a general ordinance prohibiting non-medical marijuana retailers, to include entities licensed to purchase and deliver marijuana and marijuana products from marijuana establishments and to deliver, sell or otherwise transfer marijuana and marijuana products to marijuana establishments and to consumers, from locating and operating within the city. This ballot question and the related ordinances will not affect the location or operation of medical marijuana dispensaries or other non-medical marijuana establishments within the city.

A. Zoning Ordinance:

Section V-I, Prohibition of Non-Medical Marijuana Retailers. Consistent with G.L. c. 94G, Section 3(a)(2), "Marijuana Retailers" as defined in G.L. c. 94G, Section 1, shall be prohibited within the City of Newburyport. This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution, manufacture or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes..

B. General Ordinance:

Chapter 9, Article X, Prohibition of Non-Medical Marijuana Retailers. Consistent with G.L. c. 94G, Section 3(a)(2), "Marijuana Retailers", as

defined in G.L. c. 94G, Section 1, shall be prohibited within the City of Newburyport. This prohibition shall not apply to the sale, distribution, manufacture or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes. 

The last day to register to vote in Newburyport's municipal election is Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

Staff writer Jack Shea covers Newbury­port City Hall. He can be reached via email at jshea@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.

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