Islanders Head to the Polls Tuesday

Vineyard voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election. And while the big draw is the race for president and large turnouts are expected here as elsewhere, Vineyard voters will also makes choices on a host of other state and local issues, from a close Massachetts Senate race to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to medical marijuana.

Congressional Candidate Christopher Sheldon Visits Vineyard

Republican candidate for Congress Christopher Sheldon made a campaign swing through Martha’s Vineyard Saturday, chatting with voters in Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown and making stump speeches along the way. “It’s not partisan problems, it’s good government issues,” Mr. Sheldon said about what he’s hearing from Vineyard voters. He is challenging incumbent Cong. William Keating in the ninth district congressional race.

Mr. Keating, Mr. Sheldon Win Primary, Face off in November

Incumbent Cong. William Keating fought off a primary challenger Sept. 6 to secure a spot on the November ballot for ninth district, while a Plymouth businessman was finally named the winner in a narrow GOP contest.

The results of the Democratic primary race for the governor’s council are still up in the air, with a recount underway.

The Secretary of State certified Christopher Sheldon, 34, as the winner of last Thursday’s primary, with Mr. Sheldon defeating Adam Chaprales, 28, of Barnstable, by 79 votes. The final tally was 11,046 to 10,967.

Candidates Speak, But Not to Each Other

On the morning that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will be his running mate, Martha’s Vineyard Democrats focused on a more local political decision as they heard from the two candidates they will choose between in the congressional primary on Sept. 6.