Macek, Haverhill’s Longest Serving City Councilor, Not Seeking Re-Election; Higher Office Possible

Haverhill’s longest serving city councilor under the city’s current form of government is making it official he won’t be a candidate for re-election this fall. He, however, is not ruling out higher office. Councilor William J. Macek, often called the “dean” of the Council, has been elected to 13 two-year terms over two stints on the legislative body. “I’m not going to be running for re-election to the City Council. I’m not running for any local office this time.

Council VP LePage Tests the Waters for Possible Haverhill Mayoral Run; Entry Would Force Sept. Election

Haverhill City Council Vice President Colin F. LePage surprised many Friday by taking out nomination papers for a possible run for mayor just after submitting completed nomination papers for re-election to the Council. It may not be what it seems, however. LePage told WHAV he will gauge resident reactions during the little more than a week he has left to collect signatures. “I am going to go out, talk to more folks and take more signatures and see what they say,” he said. If LePage ultimately chooses to run against Mayor James J. Fiorentini and challenger Guy Cooper, a Haverhill patrolman, a preliminary election would take place Tuesday, Sept.

Haverhill Candidates Begin Election Campaign Kickoff Events

There are opportunities for Haverhill residents to meet with candidates for local elected office as several officially kick off their campaigns this month. City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua launches his re-election effort with a party Wednesday, July 14, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Battlegrounds Coffee Co., 39 Washington St. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There is no cost for seniors. Katrina Hobbs-Everett, who is seeking a seat on the City Council, is also launching her campaign kickoff Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m., at La Pizza Di Forno, 109 Merrimack St., Haverhill.

Haverhill City Council Contest Up to 15 Candidates—Still Shy of Requiring Preliminary Election

The race for Haverhill City Council is up to 15 candidates—still shy of the number necessary to trigger a September preliminary election. City Councilor Colin F. LePage is the latest to take nomination papers from the Haverhill City Clerk’s office. Other incumbents seeking re-election so far, in order of pulling papers, are City Council President Melinda E. Barrett and Councilors Timothy J. Jordan, Michael S. McGonagle, Joseph J. Bevilacqua, Thomas J. Sullivan and John A. Michitson. Council challengers, to date, are former City Councilor Kenneth Quimby, former candidate Fred Simmons, Tomas Michel, previous candidate Katrina Hobbs-Everett, William Taylor, Josiah Morrow, Dee Jacobs O’Neil and Catherine Rogers. In a recent statement, Rogers said she has lived in Haverhill most of her life, spent most of her life as small business owner and worked as a local real estate agent for over 15 years.

Haverhill Democrats to Elect State Convention Delegates at Online Caucus July 12

Registered Democrats in Haverhill are having a virtual caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the 2021 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention this fall. Haverhill is sending 28 delegates and 28 alternates to the State Convention, along with other non-voting delegates. The caucus takes place online Monday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 and a short business meeting of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee precedes the caucus. Speakers are to discuss plans for the City Committee’s Annual Roz McKeon Breakfast and other activities. The 2021 Convention takes place Saturday, Sept.

Haverhill Mayoral Rivals Kick-Off Campaigns Tonight; Rogers Files for City Council

Haverhill’s election season is getting under way in earnest as both the Haverhill mayor and his challenger kick off their campaigns tonight, another newcomer files for City Council and several turn in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Police Officer Guy Cooper hosts his mayoral campaign launch tonight, from 5-8 p.m., at The Grill Next Door, 653 Broadway, Haverhill, asking that reservations be made by emailing [email protected] Mayor James J. Fiorentini also formally announces his run for a 10th term during a reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at The Tap, 100 Washington St., with an online attendance option available by emailing [email protected] Cooper took out his nomination papers last month, but Fiorentini has yet to do so. Candidates have until July 23 to take out papers from Haverhill City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas’ office and until July 27 to return them with enough signatures.

DiZoglio Sends Warm Words to Duff After Governor’s Councilor Withdraws from Auditor’s Race

Following Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff’s announcement Friday that she is withdrawing from the state auditor’s race, one of her erstwhile opponents offered words of compassion. Sen Diana DiZoglio of Methuen said she spoke with Duff after learning of a “family health situation” that forced her withdrawal. “Eileen Duff’s passion and genuine love for our community is contagious. She’s the real deal and my heart goes out to her and her family. I encourage those who know her to reach out and let her know that we’re here for her and have her back,” DiZoglio told WHAV Friday afternoon.

Duff Withdraws from State Auditor’s Race Due to Family Health Situation

Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff withdrew Friday from the race to succeed Suzanne M. Bump as state auditor. Duff, who was elected in 2012 as a governor’s councilor for Massachusetts’ 5th district, said a “family health situation” forced her withdrawal. “…I cannot justify the time commitment of a statewide run for office at this time and will be withdrawing from the race. Family always comes first for the Duffs,” she said in a statement. Duff said she plans to seek re-election to Governor’s Council.