Among the issues the candidates addressed were minimum wage, equal pay for women, mental health parity, the opioid epidemic, job training, job growth, strengthening the middle class, education, college funding, local aid, prison reform, veterans benefits, campaign finance reform, anti-poverty efforts, expanded Internet access, clean energy and the Seabrook nuclear plant.
The candidates speaking included two for U.S. representative for the 6th District, which encompasses 18 communities from Rockport to Amesbury. Current U.S. Rep. John Tierney spoke, as did his primary opponent, Seth Moulton, an Iraq war veteran who lives in Salem.
Two incumbents without primary opposition — Secretary of State William Galvin and State Auditor Suzanne Bump — also spoke, as did state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives.
State Rep. Michael Costello, who recently announced he would not seek re-election and was honored at the breakfast, was there along with Amesbury City Councilor Bob Lavoie and Newburyport City Councilor Ed Cameron, both of whom are running for the seat vacated by Costello. Cameron, as in years past, also served as emcee for the event.
Among the other candidates in attendance were five for governor: Joseph Avellone, Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Juliette Kayyem.
Four men vying for lieutenant governor were on hand: Leland Chung, Steven Kerrigan, Mike Lake and James Arena-DeRosa.
Others attending were two candidates for attorney general, Maura Healey and Warren Tolman, and three running for state treasurer, Deb Goldberg, Barry Finegold and Tom Conroy. Ellen Duff, who is running for re-election to a seat on the Governor’s Council, also spoke.
During the event, the Salisbury Democratic Town Committee awarded a $500 scholarship to Triton High student Jessica Beal, who plans on attending Dean College in the fall to study dance.