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September 10, 2012

Democrats unite behind O'Connor Ives in Senate race


O’Connor Ives said she has a “sincere commitment” to solving problems in the region and said she will work to lower the cost of health care and create jobs by investing in infrastructure and local community development projects.

“We have to talk about the issues that matter to the hardworking people of the Merrimack Valley,” said O’Connor Ives. “I want to be the next state senator to work for people here.”

A host of other politicians and candidates spoke Saturday, including U.S. Rep Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh, state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, and state Rep. Michael Costello, D-Newburyport.

Costello said the 1st Essex Senate seat is important because the region’s House delegation relies on their senator to help them get things done on Beacon Hill.

Costello also noted O’Connor Ives’ strong primary showing in Newburyport, where she won by a roughly 1,500-vote margin.

Manzi won Methuen by more than 1,100 votes and Coco took Haverhill by about 1,100 votes. O’Connor Ives finished third in both cities.

“We need your help in Haverhill and Methuen,” Costello told the crowd yesterday. “We need Democrats to come out strong.”

Of the five candidates to run in Thursday’s 1st Essex state Senate primaries, O’Connor Ives finished first with 4,028 votes. Toohey, who took 66 percent of the vote over Haverhill’s Sam Meas to win the Republican nomination, finished second overall with 3,881 votes.

Independent candidate James Kelcourse is an Amesbury city councilor. Fellow independent Paul Magliocchetti serves alongside Toohey on the Haverhill School Committee.

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