Friday, September 7, 2012
State Senate candidate John Slattery said he felt like his team ran a good campaign and had lots of support throughout the district, the final result, however, was not as he had hoped.
Former Peabody state Rep. John Slattery was gracious to both his main opponents in the Senate race Thursday night as he made his concession speech at the Peabody Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall. Slattery, who finished well behind Salem city councilor Joan Lovely in the Democratic primary, commended Lovely particularly for her hard work over the past several months. According to total vote counts across the Second Essex District, Lovely won with 7,450, Slattery came in second with 4,418, Mary-Ellen Manning picked up 2,610 and Edward Carroll received 309. The district includes Danvers, plus Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. "I think Joan Lovely will probably be the next state senator. She worked hard and she ran a good campaign, so …
Mary-Ellen Manning finished third in Thursday's Democratic Party primary for the Second Essex District seat in the state Senate.
Mary-Ellen Manning, who served on the Governor’s Council for 12 years, said she gave an “A+” effort after losing in the race for the Second Essex District seat in the state Senate. She finished third in Thursday’s Democratic Party primary, behind winner Joan Lovely and John Slattery. Edward Carroll was fourth. The district includes Danvers, plus Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. “I couldn’t feel any better even if we did win,” Manning told a room full of supporters at her campaign headquarters in Peabody Square on Thursday night. Manning stepped above her supporters to speak just after 8:30 p.m., announcing that she was not going to win. Manning, of Peabody, said she was “honored and humbled” to serve as a Governor’s Councilor from …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Joan Lovely will be in the Nov. election.
Joan Lovely secured a spot in the Second Essex Senate election in Thursday's primary election. Click here for a look at how the North Shore voted. Lovely will go on to face Republican challenger Richard A. Jolitz in the November election.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Local election officials predict anywhere from 9 to 23 percent turnout Thursday at the polls for the state primary.
Despite a hotly contested state Senate race here on the North Shore and a handful of candidates vying for an opening on the Governor's Council, local election officials are predicting a relatively low turnout in Thursday's state primary election. Those expectations are based on historical turnout at the polls and due to the fact that the primary is two weeks before it usually is held and it's on a Thursday this year instead of a Tuesday. Danvers Town Clerk Joe Collins says he expects 15-20 percent of voters to come out (there are approximately 18,000 registered voters in Danvers), while Beverly City Clerk Kathleen Connolly anticipates no more than 9 or 10 percent -- possibly less -- which was the turnout for the presidential primary. That …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Sen. Fred Berry says Lovely is best choice to take over his seat.
Sen. Fred Berry had endorsed Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely for his senate seat. “I will cast my vote for Joan Lovely,” Berry said in a statement that was leaked to the press two days before planned, according to an article in the Salem News. “As an eight-term city councilor and longtime community leader, Joan knows what local communities need from the state government. She has demonstrated both compassion and political courage in dealing with tight municipal budgets and providing vital services to her community.” Joan Lovely said she "had no clue" of the endorsement until she was informed by a reporter, according to the Salem News article. Berry has been senator of the 2nd Essex District — Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The four Democrats running to replace retiring Sen. Fred Berry in the 2nd Essex District stopped by Brooksby Village in Peabody for a candidate forum Thursday.
The four Democratic candidates for state Senate continued to sound the same campaign themes Thursday in a forum at Brooksby Village, now just two weeks away from the September state primary. By the end of the hour-long event, approximately 100 seniors had stopped in to listen to the candidates speak – each person was allotted 15 minutes. “I’m the only candidate with a plan,” said Salem’s Edward Carroll, going first. He went on to explain his signature campaign proposal for a hotel and casino resort at the site of the Salem power plant instead of Footprint Power bringing in its natural gas facility. Carroll, a retired Essex County deputy sheriff and one-term Governor’s Councilor, said his plan takes advantage of Salem’s deep-water harbor to…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sitting Senator Fred Berry refrains from making any endorsements in race to succeed him, but that didn't stop his predecessor Jack King, who has pledged his support to Salem's Joan Lovely.
Joan Lovely announced Monday that former state Sen. Jack King has endorsed her campaign for the 2nd Essex District, a seat he held 30 years ago before Peabody's Fred Berry. The public show of support is the first such endorsement from a public official, past or present, any of the four Democratic candidates in the race have announced. Both Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and state Rep. John Keenan, however, did come out in support of Lovely at her campaign kickoff earlier this year. King, a local attorney and fellow Democrat, said in a press release that he believes Lovely has the "experience, integrity and skill it will take to be an effective state Senator for the people of this district." "As a city councillor, she has been a leader and a …
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely talked about jobs, housing the homeless, the MBTA, state pension reform and more in a live chat with readers on Monday.
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely talked about everything from why she's running and what sets her apart from the other candidates to her take on the MBTA and the first issue she'd tackle if elected in a live chat with Danvers Patch readers on Monday. Here's what Lovely had to say: Bo: Why do you want to be a senator? Joan Lovely: I'm seeking the office of state Senator because I know firsthand how critical it is to have a senator who understands what our communities are going through to deal with municipal budgets under pressure, a sluggish economy, aging infrastructures, and the ever-increasing demands on school resources and public services. Like Senator Berry, who also served as a city councilor, I bring a keen understanding of those …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Have a question for Joan Lovely? Ask it here.
Salem city councilor and attorney Joan Lovely is chatting live with Patch readers today from noon - 1 p.m. Lovely is running for the 2nd Essex District seat in the state Senate, a district that includes Danvers.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Salem City Council President seeking the open state Senate seat will be chatting live with readers from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely will be joining us on Monday at noon for a live chat with readers. If you have any questions for Lovely on her bid for the 2nd Essex District seat, which includes Danvers as well as Peabody, Salem, Beverly and Topsfield, this is a great opportunity to get those questions answered. Be sure to head on over to our homepage between noon and 1 p.m. on Aug. 27 to join our chat. You simply have to provide your name and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. Be sure to mark your calendar today. Questions submitted, as always, will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Due to the fact that we expect a high volume of questions for that hour, we will keep the …