Who: General Election Candidates for the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds (See Candidate Profiles Below)
What: The Registry of Deeds is responsible for recording real estate transactions for 30 cities and towns – including all 23 municipalities under NSAR’s jurisdiction. The registry is one of 21 registries in the state, has a staff of 34 employees, an annual budget of $2.85 million, and is located at Shetland Park in Salem.
When: The Voter Registration Deadline for the Massachusetts General Election is Wednesday, October 17th. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. Click here to register to vote, check your voter status, update your voter information, or locate your polling location.
Candidates for the Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds:
Party: Independent (Unenrolled)
Hometown: Salem, MA
Quick Bio: Genealogist - Researcher & Analyst
Hometown: Lynn, MA
Quick Bio: Registrar of Deeds (1976 – Present), Southern Essex District
Hometown: Rockport, MA
Quick Bio: Sales Associate, Member of Rockport Housing Authority
"Long-time Southern Essex Registrar of Deeds John O'Brien held off challenger Alice Merkl in the Democratic primary on Tuesday according to unofficial results.
O'Brien won big in his hometown of Lynn and also took Haverhill, the district's two largest communities, to overcome a strong challenge by Merkl. She won her hometown of Salem and also prevailed in Gloucester, Topsfield and Wenham.
O'Brien will now face Republican Jonathan Ring in the Nov. 6 final election. Ring did not have an opponent in the Republican primary."
More from The Salem News.
NOTE: Independent Candidate David Colpitts of Salem will also appear on the General Election ballot for Register of Deeds.
Final Democratic Primary Results:
John O'Brien: 24,233 (55.72%)
Alice Merkl: 19,260 (44.28%)
Salem’s City Council Committee on Ordinances, Licenses and Legal Affairs (OLLA) will consider a Short-Term Rentals Ordinance this Thursday, September 6th at 6:00 PM at Salem City Hall, 93 Washington Street. This ordinance should be of concern to REALTORS® as it limits the rights of property owners.
The proposed Short-Term Rentals Ordinance bans all non-owner occupied/Investor-owned properties for use as short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs.
As the voice of real estate on the North Shore and advocates for homeownership and private property rights, the North Shore Association of REALTORS® opposes any proposals that would limit the rights of private property owners to rent their own property.
NSAR members from Salem are encouraged to attend this Committee meeting and voice your concerns.
Click here for a link to the full text of the ordinance and Mayor Kim Driscoll's letter to the Council.
Please let NSAR know if you are able to attend by sending an email to Kristian at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 978-232-9410.
Reminder that today is Primary Election Day! Polls are open until 8pm. To find out where to vote, please visit http://wheredoivotema.com. And if you're looking for more info on the two Democratic Primary candidates for the Southern Essex District Register of Deeds, please checkout The Salem News Candidate Profiles below. Happy Voting!
Alice Merkl, Salem
John O'Brien, Lynn
“Senior housing, including assisted living, and single-family homes were potential future use suggestions for the Union Hospital site offered by neighbors and other residents during a Monday night meeting.” Read more about this week’s public meeting on future reuse of the hospital site from The Lynn Item.
The next public meeting on the site resue is set for Monday, September 17th at 6:00 P.M. at the Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield Street in Lynn.
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