Sanders May Have Won New Hampshire, but Local Voters Prefer Buttigieg for President

Sen. Bernie Sanders may have won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, but former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the top pick in area towns. Salem, Plaistow, Atkinson and Newton ranked Buttigieg first, but the towns were not uniform on their second and third choice picks. Salem gave Buttigieg 28.5% of the vote, followed by Sanders, 24%, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 16.3%. Plaistow voters gave Buttigieg 27.5% of the ballots, followed by Sanders, 24.3%, and Klobuchar, 16.2%, while Atkinson put Buttigieg on top with 29.2%, followed by Klobuchar, 23.7%, and then Vermont’s Sanders at 22.1%.

Voter Registration for Presidential Primaries Closes Tonight at 8 p.m.

The Haverhill City Clerk’s office is staying open late tonight for voter registration in time for the state’s presidential primary election. The Massachusetts presidential primary elections are March 3 and is open to those who have registered by tonight’s 8 p.m. deadline for in-person registration and midnight for online registration. City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas encourages voting. “It’s the only power you really have. I recommend people vote.

As N.H. Democrats Cast Ballots Today, UMass Lowell Poll Shows Sen. Sanders Ahead; Buttigieg 2nd

As New Hampshire voters cast ballots in today’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, a UMass Lowell has Sen. Bernie Sanders out front and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg surging to second place. The UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion reports, however, 40 percent of likely voters say they could still change their mind. “We are now looking at a race with a leader. After the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucus, Bernie Sanders has emerged as the candidate to beat in a state he won by more than 20 points in 2016.

Haverhill Democrats to Elect State Convention Delegates at March 21 Caucus

Registered Haverhill Democrats are planning to elect delegates and alternates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention in March. Haverhill is sending 28 delegates and 28 alternates to the state convention, along with other ex-officio delegates. The caucus takes place Saturday, March 21, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Haverhill Public Library Auditorium, 99 Main St. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The 2020 Democratic Convention takes place Saturday, May 30, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. At that time, thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to discuss party business and where delegates will cast a vote for their preferred Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate.

Haverhill Mayor Fiorentini Among 20 Mayors Endorsing Sen. Markey Re-Election Bid

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini is wading into the expected Democratic party battle between incumbent Sen. Edward Markey and challenger Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Fiorentini joined 20 mayors yesterday endorsing Markey in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary. Markey touted his work at the local level across the state and his connections with the mayors and residents and voters. The endorsement comes as little surprise since the mayor invited Markey to participate in his recent inauguration

“As we work to improve the lives of every resident across our Commonwealth, we are grateful to have such a strong partner at the federal level advocating for our communities,” the mayors said in an endorsement letter.

Haverhill Begins Early Presidential Primary Voting Monday, Feb. 24; Register by Feb. 12

Haverhill residents may cast their ballots early for presidential party nominees next month. The Massachusetts presidential primary is Super Tuesday, March 3, but residents may vote as early as Monday, Feb. 24, at 8 a.m., in the basement of Haverhill City Hall. Early voting for president takes place for the first time this year, says City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas. Early voting runs through Friday, Feb.

U.S. Rep. Kennedy Campaigns in Downtown Haverhill Saturday with State Sen. DiZoglio

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III will be in Haverhill this Saturday for, what is being called, a “meet and greet” with state Sen. Diana DiZoglio. Kennedy is vying for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Edward Markey. “Joe has proven himself a true leader for working families in Congress and will be a tireless advocate for the Merrimack Valley in the U.S. Senate,” said DiZoglio. “I am excited to have this opportunity to introduce him to the amazing people of the City of Haverhill.”

Kennedy and DiZoglio will meet residents Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2-3 p.m., at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill.

Year-in-Review: Haverhill Voters Largely Keep the Status Quo; Donais Only Upset of Election

Despite numerous calls for change, Haverhill voters in November welcomed only one newcomer to office—Toni Sapienza-Donais to the Haverhill School Committee. Donais edged out incumbent Sven A. Amirian by just 65 votes. She surprised many in July when she turned down the job of principal at Walnut Square School as part of Haverhill Public Schools’ new “rightsizing” plan. “After 40 years in education, I just feel like I’ve walked the walk and I’m very excited to be on the other side and get into the policies and hopefully make a difference on the School Committee,” she said. Leadership of several Haverhill Schools, including Walnut Square, shifted in the fall, as Superintendent Margaret Marotta implemented her plan to ease classroom overcrowding.