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Election participation: How 2014 town candidates stack up

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Overall, candidates for this year's town election participate substantially over the years in the voting process. If there's an election -- state, nation or local -- most cast ballots.

Using records provided by the town clerk, YourArlington has reviewed the voting participation of candidates in contested town races since 2011. Here are this year's results:

Let's start with the best. Incumbent School Committee candidate Paul Schlichtman continued his perfect record, voting in 50 of the 50 elections records by the clerk's office since 1997.

Bill Hayner, also an incumbent School Committee candidate, voted in 46 of 50 elections since 1997. Three were state elections, and one was a town election, in 1999.

Susse, Buckley

Jennifer Susse, making her first run, has some gaps in her record, and she has provided reasons for them.

Since 1996, the extent of clerk's records in her case, she has voted in 25 of at least 51 elections, in three Mass. towns -- Arlington, Sunderland and Amherst.

In Arlington, she voted in 17 of 23 elections from 2008 to the present. Of the six she missed, two were town elections, in 2008 and 2009.

From 2002 to 2008, Susse voted in no election that was part of the Arlington clerk's records.

Asked to comment, she wrote: "We moved to Lansing, Michigan, in May of 2003, where I taught philosophy at Michigan State University for five years. We moved back to Massachusetts in May of 2008, so I would not have had a chance to vote in the town election that year.

"I did not vote in the town election in 2009, because I was relatively new to Arlington (11 months) and did not feel I could make an informed decision. By the next cycle I knew a lot more about local town issues and felt I could make an informed choice."

Before teaching at Michigan State University, she pursued doctoral work at UMass Amherst.

Second-time school hopeful Michael G. Buckley voted in first town election last year, though he has been a town resident since 2006. He was a candidate last year and the subject of story about his participation. He explained last year:

"After moving back to Arlington in 2006, my wife and I were busy buying a new home and raising our 8-month-old," Buckley wrote Monday, April 1, in response to a query about his election participation. "Shortly thereafter, we found out that we were going to be expecting our second child."

He also voted in the Oct. 15, 2013, special state primary, casting his ballot as a Republican. He cast votes in two earlier state elections, in 2012 and 2006.

Treasurer, selectmen candidate participation

In the treasurer's race, incumbent Stephen J. Gillian has a record of voting participation close to Schlichtman's -- 49 of 50 elections voted. He missed only the state primary in November 2007.

Rival Julie Dunn voted in 45 of 50 elections since 1997. All five elections missed were state elections; three of them were in 2012-13.

Among the three candidates for the Board of Selectmen, hopeful Bob Tosi Jr. leads the pack in voting participation: He cast ballots in 49 of 50 elections since 1997. He missed only the special state election in March 2008.

Incumbent Diane Mahon is close behind, voting in 48 of 50 elections. Both were state elections, in 2008 and '09.

Selectman Dan Dunn has voted in 41 of 44 elections, the number recorded by the clerk's office since 2000. Of the three missed, two were state primaries, in 2006 and 2000. One was a town election, in 2001.

Since 2007, he is recorded as having voted as a Democrat; in 2004 and before, he voted Libertarian.

All candidates mentioned here, except for Dan Dunn and Buckley, voted Democrat in races where that is recorded.

2013 report: Voting participation of candidates for key offices reviewed

2012 report: How 13 candidates voted

2011 report: Most current candidates vote annually; Romano's record spotty

This story was published Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

NOTE: Candidates were asked for comment if they missed a town election, not eelctions for state or national candidates.

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