Trump, marijuana win

In a stunning upset, Republican Donald Trump was elected President of the United States on Nov. 8, according to the Associated Press.

Trump beat out several challengers, including Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein.

Also on the federal level, Democrat U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (8th District) trounced Republican William Burke, according to

Democrat U.S. Rep Mike Capuano (7th District) did not have a challenger, while U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey did not have races this year.

At the state level, Liz Malia, the Democratic state representative for the 11th Suffolk District, easily defeated Jamaica Plain resident Stephen Charles Bedell (New Progressive Leadership) in her reelection bid, according to

Democratic state Reps. Jeffrey Sanchez (15th Suffolk District) and Russell Holmes (6th Suffolk District) and Democratic state Sens. Michael Rush (Norfolk and Suffolk District) and Sonia Chang-Diaz (2nd Suffolk District) all did not have an opponent in the election.

Democratic Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, who beat back challenger Alexander Rhalimi during the primary election in September, did not have an opponent for the general election.

Democrat Stephen Murphy defeated Margherita Ciampa-Coyne, John Keith, and Joseph Donnelly, Jr. in the Suffolk County register of deeds race,

There was also a local contested race for the Governor’s Council, which confirms judicial appointments, among other duties. Democrat Robert Jubinville, who currently holds the District 2 seat, easily beat Republican Brad Williams, according to Democrat Christopher Iannella ran unopposed.

On the ballot questions, according

Question 1, which would have allowed the state Gaming Commission to issue an additional slots license, was defeated;

Question 2, which would have authorized the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools every year, was defeated;

Question 3, which will prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment, and would ensure that certain livestock be raised in conditions which allow them to stand up, turn around, and extend their limbs, was approved;

Question 4, which will legalize the possession and sale of marijuana, was approved;

Question 5, which was on the ballot only for Boston, will accept the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for the city. The CPA will establish a dedicated funding source for affordable housing needs, parks, and preserving and restoring historic buildings. The funds would be collected as a tax from property owners based on their property value. The measure was approved.





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