Campaign Notebook: Ward Representation Appears to Foster Candidate Partnerships

A Ward 6, Haverhill, polling location. (WHAV News photograph.)

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The introduction of mostly ward representation in Haverhill is giving rise to partnerships between non-competing office seekers.

This past Sunday morning, for example, saw mayoral candidate and City Councilor Melinda E. Barrett campaigning with Ward 2 city council candidate Katrina Hobbs-Everett in what they called a “Morning of Action” in the neighborhood. Barrett also recently picked up the endorsements of Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll.

Tomorrow, Hobbs-Everett joins with Ward 1 city council candidate Ralph T. Basiliere and Ward 1 write-in School Committee contender Erica Diaz for an event called “Get Candid with the Candidates,” between 6 and 7:30 p.m., at Coco Brown, 293 Washington St. Basiliere explains to WHAV listeners what’s behind the cooperation.

“The fact of the matter is I am likely going to be working with some of these other ward councilors on issues that are very important to, in this case, the Mount Washington neighborhood, and we don’t want to be divided by one side of the street or the other. We need to work for the entirety of the neighborhood and what’s best for the city.”

Speaking of Hobbs-Everett, she won the endorsement of members of the Haverhill Education Association along with councilor-at-large candidates Fred A. Simmons, John A. Michitson and Colin F. Lepage; Ward 3 council candidate Devan Ferreira; and Ward 5 council contender Michael Morales. The educators also backed School Committee runners Mikaela Lalumiere, Ward 4; Jill Story, ward 5; Yonnie Collins, Ward 6; and Thomas Grannemann, Ward 7. Lalumiere also met with supporters last Wednesday at Azul Mexican Restaurant.

Mayoral candidate Guy E. Cooper is planning his “Gear Up with Guy’ fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6-8 p.m., at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill. There will be guest speakers, live music by the Offramps and appetizers.

City Councilor Thomas J. Sullivan, who is running at-large, plans a reception Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m., at the Garabaldi Club, 86 Washington St., Haverhill.

Campaigns are in their final laps with early voting beginning Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the former Registry of Motor Vehicles location in the basement of the City Hall, 4 Summer St. The final election is Tuesday, Nov. 7, at voters’ usual polling places.

A full list of candidates appears below.

(Names are listed in ballot order under each campaign)
Barrett, Melinda E.
Cooper, Guy E.
City Council-At Large
Sullivan, Thomas J.
LePage, Colin F.
Simmons, Fred A.
Michitson, John A.
Jordan, Timothy J.
City Council Ward 1
Basiliere, Ralph T.
Veras, Alexander Robert
City Council Ward 2
Sapienza-Donais, Toni
Hobbs Everett, Katrina E.J.
City Council Ward 3
Ferreira, Devan M.
City Council Ward 4
Quimby, Kenneth E.
Lewandowski, Melissa J.
City Council Ward 5
Toohey, Shaun P.
Morales, Michael
City Council Ward 6
McGonagle, Michael S.
Aguilo, Oliver
City Council Ward 7
Rogers, Catherine P.
School Committee-At Large*
Magliocchetti, Paul A.
Rosa, Richard J.
Ryan-Ciardiello, Maura L.
School Committee Ward 1
Diaz, Erica (write-in)
School Committee Ward 2
Sullivan, Gail M.
Sapienza-Donais, Toni
School Committee Ward 3
Dilonex, Liliana
Ferguson, Cheryl A.
School Committee Ward 4
Lalumiere, Mikaela D.
Simmons, Fred A.
School Committee Ward 5
Story, Jill Taylor
Hickey, Lynette
School Committee Ward 6
Pfeil, Chad
Collins, Yonnie
School Committee Ward 7
Grannemann, Thomas W.
Rogers, Hunter Price
* No election in 2023

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