Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Salem Democrat Joan Lovely attributes much of her successful run to a grassroots campaign of knocking on doors all across the district.
Salem Democrat Joan Lovely earned a seat in the state Senate Tuesday in a landslide victory over Beverly Republican Richard Jolitz. With all the official results in, Lovely garnered 71 percent of the vote to Jolitz' 29 percent. Lovely, her family and a roomful of supporters gathered at the Old Town Hall in Salem to celebrate Tuesday night. Lovely arrived just after 8 p.m. and finally took the podium to give her victory speech shortly before 9:30 p.m. "What an amazing year this has been. We started back in January...we started knocking on doors and we've been knocking on doors ever since across this district and the response has just been phenomenal," Lovely said. "I just feel so greatful and so honored to stand here tonight before all of …
Democrat Joan Lovely defeats Republican Richard Jolitz to represent Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield in the state Senate.
Democrat Joan Lovely, after 15 years on the Salem City Council, won herself a seat on Beacon Hill Tuesday night. In a landslide victory, Lovely defeated Beverly Republican Richard Jolitz for the 2nd Essex District seat in the Massachusetts Senate, according to results from the Associated Press. With 59 percent of the votes reporting at 10 p.m., projected winner Lovely defeated Jolitz 72 percent to 28 percent. The hardest phase of the campaign for Lovely was undoubtedly the party primary in September where she faced off against two experienced North Shore politicians – former state Rep. John Slattery and Governor’s Councilor Mary-Ellen Manning – and a newcomer to the scene, Ed Carroll. Months of knocking on doors across the district paid …
Friday, August 17, 2012
The four Democrats seeking to win the party's nomination for the Second Essex District seat in the Sept. 6 primary debated at Beverly High School on Thursday night.
Is “revenue enhancement” a code word for taxes? That was one of the questions up for debate on Thursday night by the Democratic Party candidates for state Senate in the Second Essex District, which includes Danvers. It also encompasses Peabody, Salem, Beverly and Topsfield. “You’ll be hearing that a lot tonight,” said Mary-Ellen Manning, after fellow Democrat John Slattery said, in response to a question, that the state needs to invest more in public transportation. Manning said she is against raising taxes to increase funding to important programs. "I don't think that's the first solution, I think that's the last solution," she said, later adding that she instead favors eliminating duplicate services and pork-barrel projects. But Slattery…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Despite good intentions in drafting the law, Slattery says it's bad public policy to give a for-profit private company a guaranteed long-term contract without threat of competition.
Monday, July 30, 2012
[The following letter was submitted by Massachusetts Senate candidate John Slattery.] Representative Keenan’s good intentions in filing his amendment to the energy bill styled, “An Act Relative To Competitively Priced Electricity In The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts” aside, it is simply bad public policy to gift a for-profit private company, in this case, Footprint, with guaranteed long term energy contracts and a guaranteed market share outside of the competitive bidding process. Section 42, if passed, will force regional utilities to buy power from Footprint for a minimum of 15 years despite that competitor’s prices may be less. What this means is that Footprint is protected from market forces in setting its rates. Proponents of Section …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Candidate for the Second Essex District Senate spot shares his plans if elected.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The following was submitted by Edward Carroll. I am a candidate for the office of State Senator for the Second Essex District (i.e., Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Beverly, and Topsfield). I am running because I would like to see an increase in employment in the Second Essex District and I would like to see the residential property tax reduced or eliminated. Therefore, if I am elected, my proposal for the eyesore that is the present power plant in Salem would be to replace it with a casino/hotel complex. The site is a 65-acre parcel of waterfront land, which is sufficient space for a casino complex. The Salem harbor is a deep water harbor. Instead of unsightly coal ships, I envision international cruise ships entering and docking at our port. We…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Here's an update on the state Senate race for the 2nd Essex District.
Summer is definitely here and the candidates are taking every advantage of favorable weather to hit the streets for visible campaigning. Salem city councilor Joan Lovely, in the state Senate race to succeed Fred Berry, marched in the North Shore Pride Parade from Riley Plaza to the Salem Commons on Saturday, as her campaign hit 20 different locations in the 2nd Essex District that same day. Both incumbent U.S. Congressman John Tierney (D-Salem) and his November opponent former state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei (R-Wakefield) marched as well in the parade. Meanwhile, John Slattery and Mary-Ellen Manning, the other front-runners in the Senate race, were over in Danvers on Saturday at Endicott Park Day, which is part of the annual …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Danvers union joins firefighters in Peabody and Salem, endorsing John Slattery in the Senate race.
Danvers firefighters have joined their brethren in Peabody and Salem, likewise pledging their support to John Slattery in the State Senate race. Slattery, who is running against Mary-Ellen Manning and Joan Lovely to succeed Peabody's Fred Berry for the 2nd Essex District seat, met with union membership last Thursday. A letter from IAFF Local 2038 President Brian Barry on Friday announced that the union was endorsing Slattery. Slattery said he was honored to have the support. "John has a proven record of being proactive in his support of public service and the working class at both the state and local levels. We feel that John would bring much needed strength, leadership and experience to the 2nd Essex Senate District during these tough …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Lovely says a growing number of citizens have lost faith in elected officials in large part because of the influence of money in politics.
Salem city councilor Joan Lovely is looking to set a tone for the state Senate race, one which clearly distances itself from any outside purse strings and influence. She says it's an effort to address a climate of distrust for elected officials by the public. “We live in a time when a growing number of citizens have lost faith in their elected officials in large part because of the influence of money in politics. The public perceives that their voices have been drowned out by special interests who can afford to give large contributions to candidates,” Lovely said Monday in a statement. “Contributions from special interests, rightly or wrongly, give the public the perception that the system favors special interests over the interests of …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Both the Peabody and Salem unions have endorsed Slattery for state Senate.
John Slattery has garnered the endorsements of two local firefighters' unions in his bid for the state Senate, the former Peabody legislator announced this week. Both the Peabody Firefighters, IAFF Local 925, and the Salem Firefighters, IAFF Local 172, pledged their support to Slattery. Slattery, a Peabody Democrat, former city councilor and state representative, initially announced the news via his campaign Facebook page. On March 18, Slattery kicked off his campaign at the John Archer Home in Danvers. He thanked the executive boards and members of each union, noting the endorsements were unanimous pledges from each unions' body. "It is a privilege to stand with our brave Peabody and Salem firefighters," he said. Slattery is running …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
State Senate candidate Mary Ellen Manning spoke to supporters Thursday night at the Danvers Democratic Town Committee Meeting.
Govenor's Councilor Mary Ellen Manning spoke before a modest crowd at the Danvers Democratic Town Committee meeting on March 22 at the Peabody Institute Library, detailing her plans if elected for State Senate. Manning hopes to replace veteran state Sen. Fred Berry (D-Peabody), who is retiring this year. His district includes Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. Of Berry, Manning said: "No one can fill his shoes, I'll never challenge that." She did say, however, she would look forward to carrying forward initiatives that Berry believed in. Manning detailed three aspects of her campaign that she vowed to protect if elected: carry forward every initiative that Fred Berry believed she should carry on, protecting the rights of both …