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Sullivan sweeps into power
Joseph Sullivan will take the historic post as the town’s first mayor after a landslide victory over opponent Joseph Powers. Nov. 6

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Neither mayoral candidate wants town to consider a home building moratorium
With less than two weeks until the town election, mayoral candidates strove to differentiate themselves to voters gathered at a candidates’ forum Tuesday night. Oct. 24

Mayoral candidates trade jabs, Powers takes offensive in League of Women Voters forum.
Braintree mayoral candidate Joseph Powers took the offensive during a candidates forum on Sunday, voicing questions about opponent Joseph Sullivan’s campaign contributors and Sullivan’s management of the state Lottery. Oct. 22

Both mayoral candidates plan for consolidation
Both candidates running for Braintree mayor feel the town could save money by consolidating positions and programs in a reshaped government. Oct. 12

Memory Lane
This isn't the first time Joe Sullivan and Joe Powers have shared a ballot. Both ran successful campaigns in 1989.

Braintree mayor, council debate is canceled
Tonight’s mayoral debate has been canceled because it conflicts with the funeral of a Braintree High School student. Oct. 11

Our View: This Behavior is History
We didn’t think it needed repeating but apparently some people have not gotten the word: Political patronage and Boss Tweed-type pressure and favoritism have been outlawed. Sept. 27

Sullivan wins easily; Powers comes in second
Any chance of election-night drama ended once the first results were posted outside the town clerk’s office in town hall. Sept. 26

First votes for Braintree mayor cast today
It’s election day in Braintree and for the first time in history, voters will cast ballots for a mayor. The two top vote-getters in the preliminary election will move on to the general election on Nov. 6. Sept. 25

Joseph Sullivan beat the rest of the mayoral field in fundraising
Joseph Sullivan has beaten the rest of Braintree’s mayoral field in fundraising, taking in almost $53,000 in donations this year, according to pre-election campaign finance reports filed with the town. Sept. 25

Tim Cahill endorses Sullivan for mayor
State Treasurer Timothy Cahill has endorsed his former state Lottery director, Joseph Sullivan, in Braintree’s race for mayor. Sept. 21

List of council candidates continues to grow
Three more residents have declared their interest in a seat on Braintree’s first town council, while another longtime school committee member has said she’s done. Sept. 1

Mayoral candidates spar in second debate
An in-house legal department, town trash collectors and new department heads are among the changes the four candidates for mayor say they would make if elected the Braintree’s first chief executive. Aug. 30

Hopefuls all agree on pool project; But candidates try to stand out at first debate (Videos in story)
Speaking at Thursday night's mayoral debate, sponsored by the East Braintree Civic Association, each of the four candidates running for mayor pledged to push for the construction of the long-discussed Petersen Pool if elected. Aug. 24

Four newcomers enter race for school board
The list of political newcomers seeking elective office in Braintree's next government continues to grow. Melissa Ann Berman of Shepard Road, Shannon L. Hume of Beech Street, David M. Ringius Jr. of Wyman Road and Anthony J. Holmes of Arnold Street have taken out nomination papers for spots on the school committee. None holds a town post now. Aug. 22

Mayoral hopefuls sound off on spending
One of the first tasks Braintree's first mayor will have to tackle after taking office in January will be writing the town's budget. It stands at $83.2 million - or just over $100 million if you include the town's enterprise funds, which pay to operate the water and sewer department and municipal golf course. Aug. 15

Four file papers in Braintree mayoral contest
The field for the town's first mayoral election is set. Brian Muello, Joseph Powers, Joseph Sullivan and Paul Walsh each filed nomination papers by Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline and will appear on next month's primary ballot. Aug. 9

Mayoral candidates want to dump trash fee
All four candidates running for mayor promise they will eliminate the town’s unpopular trash fee if elected. But they differ in how they would do that and how quickly it would be done. July 25

Signs of the times in upcoming elections
Braintree is a bumper-sticker kind of town. While political lawn signs sprout up like dandelions on front lawns across the South Shore during election season, local voters have traditionally chosen to express their support for a candidate on the backsides of their cars. July 19,

Powers says he'll reshape the landscape
Joseph Powers' interest in running has been known for a while, but Saturday morning's event at the Viking Club marked the first time he has spoken publicly as a mayoral candidate. Powers, a selectman, has also served on the school committee, as town moderator and as town clerk. June 25

Varraso to run for at-large council seat
Alfred Varraso has announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the town council. Varraso, a resident of Spruce Street, is a longtime town meeting member and former selectman and school committee member. June 20

9% hike in water, sewer rate OK'd: Selectmen vote down three-year plan, leave future moves to mayor
Braintree officials say they can properly run the water and sewer department next year, as well as pay down a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, with a 9 percent rate increase. June 19

Two months after one election, another is around the corner
Braintree politicians have had more than a year to stretch out for the upcoming mayoral and town council races. And with next year's budget set and town meeting over, residents will start to see a flood of campaign signs, mailings, phone calls and visits from the large number of candidates expected to run for office in the new government. June 9

Local business owner wants to be next mayor; Says town should be run like a business
Dissatisfied with the town's direction and the current crop of candidates, Paul Walsh, 52, a business owner, now wants a spot in the town's biggest political race ever: he's running for mayor. June 2

Sullivan says he has background, vision to be mayor: Former state rep announces run, unveils initiatives
Former state representative and selectman Joseph Sullivan has kicked off his bid to become Braintree’s first mayor. The former director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, Sullivan said he will focus on accountability, beautification and core services, calling it his ‘‘A-B-C plan.’’ June 1

Sullivan enters race to become town’s first mayor: Former state rep. assembles campaign team
Ending more than a year of speculation, former state representative and state Lottery director Joseph C. Sullivan has announced he will run this fall to become Braintree’s first mayor. May 1

Veteran pols to join last group of selectmen: Ryan, Casey top field of candidates amid low turnout
Faced with an upcoming change in government, Braintree voters - at least the few who turned out at the polls - sent two veteran selectmen back to the board of selectmen. April 4

Election is last before new government
Voters tomorrow will elect the final slate of Braintree officials before the coming change to a mayor-town council form of government. April 2

Moderator candidate defends his record - Sweeney, ex-town manager, says he did well
In 1999, William Sweeney resigned as town administrator after spending more than a year in the midst of a political firestorm. But, Sweeney argues that few ever questioned his competence and he still retains a number of loyal supporters. March 24

Reservist declares desire to become mayor because town lacks strong leadership
Brian Muello of Academy Street, a schoolteacher and petty officer in the Navy Reserve, is the latest Braintree resident to declare his candidacy for mayor. Feb. 23


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