Posing for a photograph outside a Democratic unity breakfast Wednesday were, from left, Massimo Magliocchetti, Council Vice President Melinda E. Barrett, Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Councilor Andy Vargas, School Committeeman Paul A. Magliocchetti, state Democratic Chairman Gus Bickford and Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan. (Courtesy photograph.)
Haverhill Democrats joined together Wednesday morning to demonstrate unity in the aftermath of the at times tense rivalry between the two Democratic state representative candidates.
Primary winner Andy Vargas, challenger Paul A. Magliocchetti and their respective campaigns pledged to work together toward the united goal of winning the Nov. 7 general election, according to a statement. The state Democratic Party quickly assembled the breakfast at Wicked Big Café in downtown Haverhill.
“Whether you voted for myself, for Paul or for a Republican candidate, we are on a mission to best represent all of Haverhill,” Vargas said.
Vargas defined the issues to be debated in the final election are economic opportunity, investment in education, access to quality health care and support for public safety.
The Haverhill Democratic City Committee and the state party also plans a “Unity Rally,” Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m., at the Barking Dog Ale House, 77 Washington St. to unite everyone behind Andy Vargas for the 3rd Essex State Representative seat. Committee members say they are working with former state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, Democratic State Party Chairman Gus Bickford and Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Democratic state committeeman.