Visited every Ward in Fitchburg today and here is what they said
Ward 1: Knights of Columbus Turnout steady and strong with plenty of people standing out:
I did a quick interview with candidate David Streb
and I talked to a Fitchburg Reporter with a killer fedora:
Ward 2: St. Joseph’s Church
A much more quiet result, fairly steady according to workers, people holding signs agreed the result will be close
Ward 3: Memorial School Very busy though the day, people were waiting to vote when the doors opened and I had a chance to visit my mother working the polls. I was interviewed by a reporter from the Worcester Telegram there.
Strangely enough in both wards 2 & 3 there were people holding signs who didn’t like their picture taken, a tad odd since they were out in public. (My highlighted photos aren’t them.
Ward 4: The Armory (senior center)
Another steady day, sign holders seemed encouraged
Ward 5: MART Train Station Talked to my friend Dave Roth there, he said the turn out nearly matched a presidental election. Also ran into my friend Chris from the secular humanist site Center of Mass. I’ve got to get him on the show again:
I ran into candidate Joe Solomito there and he agreed to a brief interview with rep Dennis Rosa at his side
As I asked for the interview Chris challenged Joe being too close to the entrance to the polling place. If so that’s my fault since he stopped to talked to me but to play it safe we did the interview across the street just to play it safe.
Ward 6 St. Bernard’s Activity Center (my ward)
I voted this morning around 9 a.m. and they said there was a line at the beginning of the day. When I got back they said the day and been pretty strong and steady during the day.
I ran into candidate Lewis Chamberlin who talked to me briefly:
I also saw Counselor Dean Tran, while he didn’t talk on camera he did express confidence both about his reelection yet still stressed the voters seemed to want change.
An election is not an Election in Fitchburg if you don’t talk to Annie DiMartino, she believes the race for mayor will come down to under 500 votes but declined to make a prediction.
My thoughts: The citizens of Fitchburg are very interested in this election. Mayor Wong started slow but has really worked hard the last few weeks. It remains to be seen if she has surged enough.
If I had to bet money, I think she falls short but all of this was done by 4:45 and as I type this there are still 90 minutes for the voters of Fitchburg to prove me wrong.
Update: It looks like Lisa has pulled it off. The combination of the strong final debate, an intense mail campaign both positive and negative and I suspect the much faster cleanup after this storm seems to have done the trick.
Update 2: During the last two weeks of the campaign I heard an awful lot of voters worried about Joe Solomitos connection to the teachers and police unions, I suspect that has an awful lot to do with the results.
My full set of pictures follows