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November 1, 2012

Four hopefuls battle for open 1st District Senate seat


O’Connor Ives is the only candidate who has committed to immediately giving up her council seat and private business, if she is elected.

“I would be in the district or advocating for residents on Beacon Hill everyday ... without any conflict,” she said.

Kelcourse said he would fulfill his commitments to his current law clients, but accept no new ones. He was less firm about his council seat.

“I have one year remaining in my second term and will seriously consider vacating the seat if I am not able to handle both jobs,” Kelcourse said.

Toohey said he would resign his Haverhill and Whittier school seats and reduce his business dealings to “part-time status,’’ while Magliocchetti said he would resign from the School Committee, but keep his law job.

“As a partner in a law firm, I will adjust my role and I will follow the lead of former Sen. Steve Baddour,” Magliocchetti said, noting that Baddour remained an active partner in a local law firm while serving in the Senate for many years.

James Kelcourse

Age: 38

Address: 50 Monroe St., Amesbury

Family: Wife Amanda; sons Michael, 3, and Thomas, 10 months

Occupation: Self-employed attorney with an office in Newburyport

Current or previous elected offices: Amesbury Planning Board, 2008 to 2009; Amesbury city councilor at-large, 2010 to present

Party: Independent

Paul Magliocchetti

Age: 45

Address: 15 Kimball Hill Drive, Haverhill

Family: Wife Julie, son Massimo, 16, daughter Isabella, 14, and son Lucas 7

Occupation: Attorney and partner at the firm of Sheehan, Schiavoni, Jutras and Magliocchetti

Current or former elected office: Vice president of the Haverhill School Committee

Party: Independent

Kathleen O’Connor Ives

Age: 35

Address: One Inn Street, Newburyport

Family: Husband Jeff

Occupation: Attorney, small business-owner of online retail shop

Current or previous elected office: Serving third term as Newburyport city councilor at large

Party: Democrat

Shaun Toohey

Age: 42

Address: 696 Crystal St., Haverhill

Family: Wife Tatum, daughter Delainey, 12, son Jack, 8

Occupation: Self employed mortgage banker

Current or former elected office: Haverhill School Committee member since 2004, School Committee member for Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School

Party: Republican

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