Sen. O’Connor Ives’ Key Staffers Depart Before Election Season

Former state Sen Kathleen O’Connor Ives. (Courtesy photograph.)

Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport) official photograph.

Two members of the team that helped launched Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ office in 2013 recently departed just before another election season begins.

Michael Gallant, Ives’ scheduler and constituent services coordinator, has taken a job as legislative aide to Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), who represents 19 towns in the First Franklin District, located in the western Massachusetts counties of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin. Gallant, of Haverhill, graduated Cum Laude from Westfield State University in 2009, with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and associate’s in political science. Prior to working for Ives, Gallant was an account manager at Contour Design, Windham, N.H.

“Michael works on a number of projects in my office as well as attends State House briefings on my behalf and also serves as a liaison to legislative offices and state agencies,” Kulik said on his website.

Chris Power resigned as Ives’ constituents service coordinator in August and became director of communications for Republican Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., minority whip from Westfield. Prior to working for Ives, Power was project coordinator for Beacon Coalition, described as “Newburyport’s collaborative effort to support and strengthen youth assets.” Power received his bachelor’s in philosophy and sociology from UMass Lowell in 2010.

Gallant could not be reached by telephone or social media before news deadline.

Primary elections take place Thursday, Sept. 8, and the final election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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