At her victory party, she gave special credit to her husband, Jeff, (“We’re a team”) and state Rep. Mike Costello, D-Newburyport, who was an early supporter.
O’Connor Ives said that her team raised about $33,000 in the final election. For the primary, her supporters generated $17,100.
She said that her victory was a combination of the work of many volunteers and an aggressive online presence.
Though she was known for knocking on doors, the lawyer and small-business owner said that Facebook and Twitter activity helped keep her supporters connected.
Asked about her tenure on the council, she said, “I enjoyed the committee work, and the collaborative nature of our council.” She said much was accomplished by working together.
She received significant support from virtually all fellow Newburyport councilors.
Mayor Donna Holaday, who initially supported Methuen Mayor Jim Manzi, attended the Election Night victory party, and said, “I am thrilled that she won, and have enjoyed working with her. She will do a great job for the Merrimack Valley.”