Brookline Election Results 2012 [Updated 9:55 a.m. Wed.]

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     Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President


Romney-Ryan 5,024
Johnson-Gray (L)    
Stein-Honkala (GR)



U.S. Senate

Elizabeth Warren

Scott Brown  6453 votes

U.S. Congress 4th District

Joseph Kennedy III

Sean Bielat 4,259

David Rosa


MA Senate First Middlesex and Norfolk
Cynthia Stone Creem 21,330

MA House -
Brookline's 1st
Michael Moran 1,227

MA House - Brookline's 5th
Jeffrey Sanchez 1,457
 MA House - Brookline's  2-4, 6-13 Frank Smizik 14,760

MA House - Brookline's 14-16

Edward Coppinger 3,623 Governor's Councillor
3rd District
Marilyn Pettito Devaney  15,997
Thomas Sheff  3,506 Clerk of Courts
Norfolk County

Walter Timilty

20,022 Norfolk County Commissioners

John Gillis

Francis O'Brien



Register of Deeds

William O'Donnell


Answer Results Answer Results

Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes


No 2,805
Blank 3,923

Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 17,804


The question was ultimately called for the "No" votes



Blank 1,413

Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 20,161 No 6,635
Blank 1,304   Question 4: Non-Binding Resolution "Budget"  Yes 18,275 No 4,929 Blank 4,896

Question 5: Non-Binding Resolution "Corporations Are Not People"

Precincts 2-13

Yes 15,058 No 2,590 Blank 3,466


U.S. Senate - Race goes to Elizabeth Warren

  • Elizabeth Warren (D) - 17,974 votes
  • Scott Brown (R) - 6,453 votes

Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since a January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent.

Representatives in U.S. Congress (Fourth District) - Race goes to Joseph Kennedy III

  • Joseph Kennedy III (D) - 19,230 votes 
  • Sean Bielat (R) - 4,259 votes
  • David Rosa (I) - 433 votes

Following the retirement of longtime Congressman Barney Frank (D-Newton), the seat for the Fourth Congressional District was left open. Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, a former assistant district attorney living in Brookline, is facing Sean Bielat, a Norfolk resident and Marine who had an unsuccessful bid against Frank in 2010.

Governor's Councillor (3rd District) 

  • Marilyn Pettito Devaney (D) - 15,997 votes
  • Thomas Sheff (I) - 3,506 votes

Marilyn Pettito Devaney has represented Watertown on the Governor's Council for the past 14 years. She faces a challenge from Thomas Sheff of Newton, an attorney who ran for mayor in Newton in 2005. In 2010, Pettito Devaney defeated Belmont's Nicholas Iannuzzi.

State Senate (First Middlesex and Norfolk):

  • Cynthia Stone Creem (D) - 21,330

Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1998 for the First Middlesex and Norfolk District (which includes Brookline). She is running for re-election and does not face a challenger.

Mass. State House (Representing Brookline's 1st Precinct):

  • Michael Moran - 1,227

He is running for re-election and does not face a challenger.

Mass. State House (Representing Brookline's 5th Precinct):

  • Jeffrey Sanchez - 1,457

He is running for re-election and does not face a challenger.

Mass. State House (Representing Brookline districts 2-4 and 6-13):

  • Frank Smizik - 14,760

He is running for re-election and does not face a challenger.

Mass. State House (Representing Brookline district 6-13):

  • Edward Coppinger - 3,623

He is running for re-election and does not face a challenger.

Norfolk Clerk of Courts

  • Walter Timilty - 20,022

He was running unopposed in the primaries.  

Norfolk County Commissioners 

  • John Gillis  - 16,611
  • Francis O'Brien - 15,162

Both were running unopposed in the primaries.

Register of Deeds, Norfolk

  • William O'Donnell - 20,065

He was running unopposed in the primaries

Brookline Updates From The Polls

1:54 p.m. - The Putterham Branch Library parking lot, and many streetside spots were full. Outside, in the parking lot, a group of kids was holding a bake sale. 

Twitter reports indicate the bottleneck at Runkle School is still going on. Folks standing in the line for Precinct 12 are watching no line for Precinct 13. 

11:39 a.m. - The Brookline High School, where precinct 6 is voting, had a lengthy line and about 575 votes cast by about 11:15 a.m. Including the 200 absentee ballots, this is about a third of the precinct. Warden David England told Patch that voting had been "steady, steady, steady," with 148 votes cast by 8 a.m., and 406 by 10 a.m. 

England estimates between 1800 and 2000 votes will come in by the end of the day, in a precinct of 2400 registered voters. 

Some voters had slipped onto the inactive voter list, some because they had not filled out the town census. They are still allowed to vote, they simply have to show an ID to get back on the active voter list.

There are Brookline High School students working the polls this year, but none of them are working at the high school--they have been placed in their home precincts. However, in the past when England worked with them, he describes them as "really sharp."

He added that some high school students from other countries have stopped by and asked good questions about the US election process. 


10:49 a.m. - Reports from Twitter indicate that the polling locations at the Runkle School has a large line, in part due to one poll worker currently dedicated to working Precinct 13 votes. Similar bottlenecks were reported for Precincts 11 (Driscoll) and 12 (also Runkle) as well.

Meanwhile, Poll Worker James Slayton at the Precinct 4 polling station at Brookline Town Hall told Patch that the election turnout was "excellent" so far.

"It's great to see people exercising their right to vote," he added.

Slayton directed two or three voters who arrived at the wrong polling place to their correct locations. He said that there was some confusion, but "people are tackling it with aplomb."

In the first hour, Precinct 4 clocked in 118 voters. By about 10:30 a.m., they had an estimated 260 votes in and believe they may have up to 1500 by the time polls close at 8 p.m.  

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