By Patriot staff
For many of us, Election Day couldn't come soon enough, and finally it's just days away. Town clerks expect a good local turnout, given that it's a presidential contest year.
Residents in Dudley and the other towns in the 6th Worcester District will chose incumbent Republican Peter J. Durant or his challenger Democrat Kathleen Walker to be their next state representative.
If elected, Durant promises to focus on providing incentives for businesses to hire the unemployed and to increase local aid.
Walker, who is a selectwoman in Charlton, said her focus will be on small businesses to improve the local economy, increased school funding, and senior and veterans programs.
Residents in Webster, precincts 1 and 4 in Oxford, along with the other towns in the 18th Worcester District will choose between incumbent Republican Ryan A. Fattman and challenger Donald Bourque, chairman of the Webster Board of Selectmen..
Fattman's platform calls for ending EBT welfare abuses, improving the economy, and restoring local services.
Bourque, who owns a local employment agency, wants to bring jobs and training to the district, restore local aid and funding for emergency services, and ensure support for seniors and the disabled.
In other races, State Representative Paul Frost is unopposed for re-election in the 7th Worcester District.
State Senator Richard T. Moore is unopposed in his bid for re-election in the Worcester Norfolk district.
Congressman Richard E. Neal is unopposed in the 1st Congressional District. Congressman James B. McGovern is unopposed for re-election in the 2nd Congressional District.
Republican Senator Scott Brown is being challenged in his bid for re-election by Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
And of course, Mitt Romney is challenging President Barack Obama for the presidency.
There are three ballot questions. Question 1 concerns the “right to repair” for cars. This question should be ignored, as the parties have come to agreement.
Question 2 allows the prescribing of medication to end life. Question 3 allows the medical use of marijuana.
Dudley has two additional questions on the ballot, a provision for a Proposition 2 ½ override and a debt exclusion for a new ladder truck for the Fire Department.