February 25, 2020 in Local News, Local Government and Civic Engagement, Blog Posts

Vote Local! Special State Senate Election Gets Underway with Early Voting this Week

We think it's no major news flash that there's a Presidential Election going on in our country this year! Primaries are underway and Massachusetts voters will head to the polls March 3 to select a Republican and Democratic candidate for that race, set for November 3, 2020. But Cape Cod voters in Bourne, Falmouth, and Sandwich have another - much more local - ballot to cast on March 3 (also known as Super Tuesday).

In November of last year, State Senator Vinny deMacedo stepped down from his post, leaving the Plymouth/Barnstable State Senate seat vacant. This seat is one of just two State Senate positions that represent Cape Cod at the Massachusetts State House - the other being the Cape and Islands seat currently held by Julian Cyr. State Senators - along with other members of the local legislative delegation like State Representatives - work to pass policy at the State level, vote on State spending and budget matters, and elevate the concerns of our towns and region to the State level. They can help raise awareness, secure funding, and generally serve as advocates for the districts they represent.

A slate of candidates have emerged to vie for the now-vacant Plymouth/Barnstable seat. Similar to the national primary process, on March 3, voters will head to the polls to choose one Republican and one Democrat for the Special State Senate General Eleciton, scheduled for March 30. That means you have TWO opportunities to vote and steer the direction of this important election.

So if you're heading to the polls in Bourne, Falmouth, or Sandwich, where do you begin? How do you decide who deserves your vote? CCYP is here to help with a comprehensive list of candidates, voter resources, and news coverage to date. Ready to get started? Just scroll down!

WHAT: Special State Senate Election for Plymouth/Barnstable

WHEN: March 3 - Primary;

March 30 - General Election

(Early voting February 24 through February 28)

WHERE: Locations vary by town. Check the Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich websites for a list of voting locations and other election info.

Note: as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, CCYP is nonpartisan and does not endorse any candidate or political party. The information below is provided solely for the purposes of voter engagement and education.

Voter Resources

MA Voter Information Search. What's my district? Where do I go to vote? What will my ballot look like? Use this easy search engine and arrive at the polls prepared.

Find Your Early Voting Location! Be sure to fit voting into your busy schedule by going to vote early. Early Voting is available Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28.

League of Women Voters Voter Guide. Enter your zip code and preview candidates for each race with this user-friendly click-through guide.

Learn More about Policy and Civic Engagement Opportunities with CCYP. Join the CCYP Public Policy Committee, learn about Town Board/Committee/Commission vacancies, and more.

State Senate Candidates

Republican Candidates

Jay McMahon III (R)

Jesse Brown (R)

Democratic Candidates

Becky Coletta (D)

John Mahoney (D)

Thomas Moakley (D)

Susan Moran (D)

Jack Stanton (D) - (withdrew from race January 30, 2020)

Local News Roundup - Plymouth/Barnstable Special State Senate Election

2 Candidates Vie to Keep State Senate in GOP Hands, Cape Cod Times, February 23, 2020

5 Candidates Compete in Primary for Plymouth & Barnstable Seat, Cape Cod Times, February 23, 2020

A Conversation with State Senate Candidate Becky Coletta, WCAI's The Point, February 24, 2020

Candidate Profile: Thomas Moakley, Wicked Local Kingston, February 21, 2020

Sunday Journal Discussion with Susan Moran,, February 9, 2020

Jesse Brown Earns Endorsement in Plymouth & Barnstable Race, Cape Cod Today, February 7, 2020

Jack Stanton Drops Out of State Senate Race, The Sandwich Enterprise, January 30, 2020

Opinion: Vote Jay Mahon to Undo Short-Term Rental Tax, Cape Cod Times, January 27, 2020

John Mahoney Continues to Receive Endorsements in Special State Senate Election, Cape Cod Today, January 17, 2020