Election May 7, 2019

Westford Town Elections, May 7, 2019 – UPDATED 11:00 AM 5/7/2019

For Town elections, we look at how incumbents have voted, the comments they have made, and the answers they have given to our Survey (s) regarding the Second Amendment. We then grade the candidates. The letters are A, B, C, F, or I (Incomplete/Unavailable).

Summary:
Scott Hazleton – GRADE A
Andrea Peraner-Sweet – Grade C
Muriel Drake – Grade I
Janine McCormack. – Grade I
Michael Bonenfant – GRADE B
Alicia Curtin Mallon – GRADE B – Updated Grade.
Daniel Goldner – Grade I

Sean Kelly – Grade I

Details are below.
Grade A – The candidate fully supports the Second Amendment in word, deed, and/or takes a pro-active approach to demonstrating this.
Grade B – The candidate states that they fully support the second amendment, but no other evidence is available to show how they might act.
Grade C – The candidate has made remarks that Westford Pro 2A considers less than fully supportive of the Second Amendment, but we are unaware of any actions by the candidate to undermine the Second Amendment.
Grade F – The candidate has made actions to limit the Second Amendment rights of people.

Grade I – Incomplete or unavailable, or he candidate did NOT respond to questions, or could not be reached.

Board of Selectman
We asked the candidates the following 2 questions:

1. Do you believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution confers an individual right to be respected?

2. Do you believe that individual towns may place additional burdens on law-abiding firearms owners in addition to Federal and State Law?

Scott Hazleton – GRADE A
1. Yes, the Second Amendment is absolutely an individual right that must be respected.

2. No, I don’t believe cities or towns can or should impose burdens or limitations on firearms owners beyond those imposed by the federal or state governments.

Andrea Peraner-Sweet – Grade C
Question 1: The Second Amendment certainly confers individual rights but like every other amendment that individual right has limitations and must be balanced against the pubic order and public good.
Question 2: No. In Massachusetts, we have 351 towns and cities. We cannot have 351 different local rules, regulations and/or ordinances.

Housing Authority
As of this email, we have received no correspondence from
Muriel Drake – Grade I,

nor Janine McCormack. – Grade I

Planning Board
We asked the candidate for the Planning Board the Following Questions:
1. Do you believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution confers an individual right to be respected?

2. Do you believe that Shooting Ranges, which have lawfully operated for decades, should be forced to shut down when new neighborhoods are built nearby?

Michael Bonenfant – GRADE B
For Question #1, Mr. Bonenfant enclosed a copy of his MA LTC.

For question #2 he replied: “if it’s been in existence I don’t feel the town has the right to shut them down.”

School Committee
We asked Candidates for School Committee the following questions:
1. Do you believe the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution confers an individual right to be respected?
2. Do you believe in “age appropriate” firearms safety training (such as Eddie Eagle for young children and Home Firearms Safety for older students)?

3. Some colleges are now offering scholarships for the shooting sports. Would you support a scholastic shooting team (such as trap, rifle, or pistol) in Westford Academy?

Alicia Curtin Mallon – GRADE B
1. Yes, with the appropriate safety checks and balances in place.
2. Yes, but with a strong emphasis on age appropriate, and input from local law enforcement.

3. I would, and the WPD and WPS would need to work together to ensure that all necessary safety precautions are in place.

Daniel Goldner – Grade I
Sean Kelly – Grade I