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The Honorable

Mark Hawke

19th Mayor of the City of Gardner
Mayor Mark P. Hawke
Mayor of Gardner, Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
January 6, 2008 – Present
Preceded byGerald E. St. Hilaire
Personal details
Born
Mark P. Hawke

(1972-06-13) June 13, 1972 (age 47)
Gardner, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
ParentsRobert Hawke
Nancy (Moschetti) Hawke
Alma materMount Wachusett Community College (AA)
University of Massachusetts Amherst (BS)
Anna Maria College (MBA)
Signature
Websitehttp://www.markhawke.com/

Mark Hawke (born June 13, 1972) is an American Republican Party politician from the state of Massachusetts.[1] He is the 19th and current Mayor of the City of Gardner, Massachusetts, since 2008.[2]

Education and Career[edit | edit source]

Hawke is a graduate of Gardner High School. After a brief time at North Adams State College, Hawke went on to receive an Associate degree from Mount Wachusett Community College in 1992. He then went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1995. He later went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Anna Maria College in 2005.[3]

Prior to his election, Mayor Hawke served as the City of Gardner's Grants Administrator for over 6 years. Preceding his employment with the City, Mayor Hawke worked in the private sector as a Business Analyst for Arch Wireless Communications Company, an Operations Manager for a Tomra Transportation, and a Logistics Analyst for Waste Management.[4]

Hawke has also served as President of Gardner Square Two, Inc. (Gardner's Downtown Association), on the Board of Directors of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College and the Board of Incorporators of Heywood Hospital, and continues to serve on the Square Two, North Central Massachusetts Youth Hockey, and the Gardner Franco-American Federal Credit Union Boards of Directors. He has also served as the President of the Massachusetts Mayor’s Association, and will be sworn in as the President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association in January 2018. Mayor Hawke is also an active member of the Acadien Social Club of Gardner, Napoleon Club of Gardner, Polish American Citizens Club of Gardner, Gardner Museum, Acadien Club Hockey League and City League Softball. He also coaches ice hockey, street hockey, soccer, and basketball in various leagues throughout the North Central Massachusetts region.[5]

He is a lifelong resident of Gardner, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and son.

Political Career[edit | edit source]

1995 City Council Campaign[edit | edit source]

Shortly after his graduation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1995, Hawke announced his candidacy for Ward 1 City Councilor in the City of Gardner, Massachusetts. Hawke was listed as a qualified candidate on the ballot, along with John P. Kazinskas. Rachel Hulette would later enter the race as a write in candidate. Following the November 2 Election, it was revealed that 316 votes were cast for Hawke, 116 votes were cast for Kazinskas, and Hulette received 310 sticker and write-in votes.[6] Hulette challenged the result and called for a recount of the vote to be performed in accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Law. The recount was held on November 27, 1995, and it was found that Hulette received 312 votes, Hawke received 309 votes, and Kazinskas received 120 votes.[7]

Upon review of the recount, it was discovered that poll workers had counted stickers that were placed on both ballots and envelopes as separate votes, with no system to ensure that the envelopes in question did not come from the same ballots that were already counted. There was also a controversy over issues with the "hanging chard" punch card system of ballots, in determining whether some ballots were partially punched or intentionally left blank.[8] As a result, Hawke took the decision of the recount to court.

The case was heard in Massachusetts Superior Court in Worcester, Massachusetts in January of 1996, where the judge ordered that a new election take place.[9] In this election, all three candidates were listed on the ballot. Following the special election that took place on March 12, 1996, Hulette received 457 votes, Hawke received 188 votes, and Kazinskas received 87 votes.[10] Hulette was then sworn in as the victor of the election.

Mayor of Gardner[edit | edit source]

Hawke ran for Mayor of the City of Gardner, Massachusetts in November of 2007. In the election, Hawke beat incumbent, Gerald E. St. Hilaire, Esq., and was sworn in as Gardner's 19th Mayor on Monday, January 6, 2008. He was re-elected to the office of Mayor in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

Electoral History[edit | edit source]

Election Results, Gardner City Clerk's Office, gardner-ma.gov
Ward One City Councillor, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 1995- Initial Count
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke 316 40.20
John Kazinskas 116 14.76
Rachel Hulette (Write-In) 310 39.44
Other Write-Ins 2 0.20
Blanks 37 4.70
Over-votes 5 0.60
Election Results, Gardner City Clerk's Office, gardner-ma.gov
Ward One City Councillor, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 1995, Re-Count
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke 309 39.41
John Kazinskas 120 15.31
Rachel Hulette (Write-In) 312 39.80
Other Write-Ins 2 0.20
Blanks 40 5.10
Over-Votes 1 0.10
Election Results, Gardner City Clerk's Office, gardner-ma.gov
Ward One City Councillor, City of Gardner Special Election, 1996
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke 188 25.51
John Kazinskas 87 11.80
Rachel Hulette 457 62.01
Blanks 4 0.50
Over-Votes 1 0.10
Election Results, Gardner City Clerk's Office, gardner-ma.gov
Mayor of the City of Gardner, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 2007
Candidate Votes %
Gerald St. Hilaire, Esq. (Incumbent) 1214 28.75
Mark Hawke 2975 70.45
Write-Ins 7 0.16
Blanks 27 0.64
http://www.gardner-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2580
Mayor of the City of Gardner, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 2009
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke (Incumbent) 2498 75.72
Colleen O'Neil-Laperriere 759 23.01
Write-Ins 9 0.27
Blanks 33 1.00
http://www.gardner-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2574
Mayor of the City of Gardner, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 2011
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke (Incumbent) 2245 80.87
Write-Ins 85 3.06
Blanks 446 16.07
http://www.gardner-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/320
Mayor of the City of Gardner, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 2013
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke (Incumbent) 2362 65.12
Christine Wilson 1216 32.53
Write-Ins 6 0.17
Blanks 43 1.19
http://www.gardner-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/323
Mayor of the City of Gardner, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 2015
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke (Incumbent) 2165 71.26
Jeffrey Palmieri 808 26.60
Write-Ins 7 0.23
Blanks 58 1.91
http://www.gardner-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2698
Mayor of the City of Gardner, City of Gardner Municipal Election, 2017
Candidate Votes %
Mark Hawke (Incumbent) 1843 79.27
Write Ins 54 2.32
Blanks 428 18.41

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mayor's Office | Gardner MA". www.gardner-ma.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  2. "Mayor's Office | Gardner MA". www.gardner-ma.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  3. "Mayor's Office | Gardner MA". www.gardner-ma.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  4. "Mayor's Office | Gardner MA". www.gardner-ma.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  5. "Mayor's Office | Gardner MA". www.gardner-ma.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  6. Hawke v. Bd. of Registrats of Voters, 1996 Mass. Super. LEXIS 635.
  7. Hawke v. Bd. of Registrars of Voters, 1996 Mass. Super. LEXIS 635
  8. Hawke v. Bd. of Registrars of Voters, 1996 Mass. Super. LEXIS 635.
  9. Hawke v. Bd. of Registrar of Voters, 1996 Mass. Super. LEXIS 635
  10. Lesneski, Kathleen (City Clerk and Tax Collector of the City of Gardner). Notification of results of Ward One Councillor Special Election of March 12, 1996. Gardner City Clerk's Office. 13 March 1996.


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