Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and City Councilor Andy Vargas. (Courtesy photograph.)
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas this week endorsed City Councilor Andy Vargas to be the next state representative for Haverhill’s Third Essex District.
Besides the endorsement, Tsongas kicks off door-to-door canvassing Saturday afternoon by addressing Vargas volunteers and hosts a fundraiser Saturday night.
“I have appreciated the opportunity to work with Andy during his enthusiastic service as a Haverhill City Councilor,” Tsongas said. “Andy is talented and motivated to make a difference on behalf of his neighbors and his community and I’m confident he will be an effective partner on Beacon Hill, building on the remarkable tenure of Rep. Brian Dempsey,” she added.
At Saturday night’s event, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Barking Dog Ale House, 77 Washington St., Tsongas is expected to be joined by Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Diana DiZoglio, and City Councilors John A. Michitson, Melinda E. Barrett, William J. Macek, Thomas J. Sullivan and Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien. Other community leaders include Heather McMann, Jeff Grassie, Lisa Marzilli, Anabelle Rondon, Luisa Peña-Lyons and John and Deb Maddox.
Vargas said he is “honored and thrilled” to have the congresswoman’s support.
“Her endorsement speaks to the importance of the values we’ve outlined in this campaign: investing in economic development, funding public education, prioritizing public safety, and fighting at all times for equality and justice.” He said he first became a political volunteer while still in high school when he went to work on one of Tsongas’ earlier re-election runs.