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Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council elections this Saturday

Just a reminder that elections for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council elections are happening this Saturday the 12th. The Council provides recommendations to the city on a range of issues (green space, public safety, permitting, etc.) and its members are drawn from across JP, so if you're around, please think about taking a few minutes to vote.

From JP Gazette:
Twenty-two candidates qualified successfully to appear on the ballot for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) election Sept. 12. [See candidates’ statements on pages 4 and 5.]

The Sept. 12 date is the JPNC’s third effort at an election this year. A July election was scrapped after only 10 candidates turned in nomination papers for the council’s 20 seats.

This time, there are some contests. There are nine candidates for five seats in Area B (east of Centre Street between Egleston Square and Forest Hills) one of the three JPNC sub-districts.

The council is made up of five members from each of the “areas” and five neighborhood-wide “at-large” members. There are six candidates for at-large seats.

“I have never seen nine candidates for an area...This should be a great election,” said former JPNC chair Jesús Gerena, who is running the election.

In Area A—encompassing the Hyde, Jackson and Egleston Square areas—there are only two candidates. In cases where there are not enough candidates to fill all the seats, the JPNC usually makes a public request for nominees and appoints new members itself. JP residents 16 and older are also welcome to run write-in campaigns, but must get at least 25 votes to get elected.

There are five candidates in Area C (Pondside, Jamaica Hills, Forest Hills and Woodbourne.)

The JPNC election is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 12, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with polling places at the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair in Hyde Square, J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. and the Forest Hills T Station.

The polling places will be staffed by English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers, Gerena said.

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If we're not around, is there a way to vote absentee?
No provisions for absentee balloting
Dear Friend, Neighbor and/or Supporter,

It has all come down to tomorrow, rain or shine, Saturday Sept. 12th will be Voting Day for the 2009 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Elections.

The flyers are out! I will be at the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair handing out flyers and campaigning until the last minute for your vote and the vote of my neighbors. Feel free to send me your email so I can forward you a copy of the campaign flyer. I encourage you to please send it to all your contacts.

I live and work in Jamaica Plain, and my desire is to dedicate my time and energy to the continued success and development of the Jamaica Plain community. I have spent my life in service to my community and plan to serve you further by providing the kind of excellence in leadership that creates safer, more accepting and tolerant neighborhoods. Neighborhoods we can ALL be proud of.

I encourage you to SPREAD THE WORD and SHARE our campaign page with the rest of Facebook or any other resources you might have.

Once again, I would like to respectfully ask for your support. Your vote on my behalf will make every difference in the continuous growth of our community.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Perez Lacera
2009 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council At-Large Candidate
Putting a Lifetime of Dedication to Work for You!
VOTE September 12th - 12pm to 5pm @ JP World's Fair at Hyde Square

About the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council:
The purpose of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council is to increase and improve communication between the entire Jamaica Plain community and the city of Boston and other public agencies and parties. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council serves as an advocate and ombudsman for Jamaica Plain residents, organizations, and business people on issues relating to development, service delivery, and such other matters as may be brought to the attention of the members by the residents and members as affecting the Jamaica Plain community. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council makes decisions in the form of recommendations, resolutions, and/or proposals regarding those issues and communicates them to appropriate city officials and/or other appropriate agencies or parties.

Eligibility to Vote on the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Election:
Eligible Residents are those 16 years old or older AND Listed on the most-current City of Boston List of Jamaica Plain Residents OR Showing proof of age, identity, and JP residency. Such proof includes, but is not limited to: government-issued photo ID, current school report card with envelope, drivers permit, birth certificate, or a piece of mail from a utility or governmental agency.


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