On Thursday night, Braintree held a lottery to determine ballot position for the November 8th election. Required by the town charter, Braintree hosts a ballot lottery before each election to create fairness between candidates rather listing candidates alphabetically. Former Town Administrator Bill Sweeney is running for the District 5 council seat against two candidates including the current councilor, “Surely everyone will sleep a little better with being number one but I’ve really seen people do quite well regardless of their spot on the ballot. But I think this is a fair way for the government to work and I think it worked well tonight.”
Sweeney took the 2nd spot on the District 5 ballot section.
Town Clerk Joe Powers believes the lottery neither helps nor hurts an opponent’s chance of winning, “I don’t think what we did this evening should hinder any candidate and shouldn’t change the minds of any voter. Hopefully the voters are listening to what the candidates stand for, what they’re campaigning about and that’s what really matters. I know everyone wants what’s considered to be prime spot but as far as I’m concerned any spot on the ballot is a prime spot and I wish them all well.”
Mayor Joe Sullivan, who was elected in 2007 as the town’s 1st mayor, is up for reelection and took the first spot on the ballot against his only challenger, Paul Walsh Jr. All nine town council members are seeking new two year terms though two district councilors have no opponents. The ballot will also include candidates for school committee, library trustees, and housing authority.