Haverhill Democrats to Elect Delegates to State Convention at Caucuses March 4

Registered Democrats in Haverhill are having a virtual caucus to elect delegates and alternates to the 2024 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. Haverhill will be sending 33 delegates and 28 alternates to the party convention, along with other ex-officio delegates. The caucus takes place Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m., and is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Haverhill who may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth, ages 16 to 35, people with disabilities, people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting massdems.org/massdems-convention. The caucus will be preceded with a short business meeting of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee and to discuss plans for the Annual Roz McKeon Breakfast and other activities.

Haverhill Republican City Committee Endorses State Candidates Ahead of March 5 Primary

When Haverhill voters cast ballots during next month’s presidential primary, they’ll also have an opportunity to choose local and state political party officials—this year, for the first time, split across two senatorial districts. As such, the Haverhill Republican City Committee is endorsing State Committee candidates in both the Second Essex and Middlesex and First Essex districts. Haverhill Republican City Committee members voted recently to endorse Jeri Ann Levasseur of Haverhill for state committeewoman and Joseph G. Finn of North Andover for State committeeman in Second Essex and Middlesex. In the First Essex district, members endorsed Cecilia G. Buckles of Haverhill for state committeewoman and Paul C. Downing of Methuen for state committeeman. Levasseur is being challenged by Tatum Ryan-Toohey of Haverhill, while Finn faces incumbent Shaun P. Toohey.

Haverhill Sets Early Voting Hours and Location, Starting Saturday, Feb. 24

Early voting in advance of the presidential primary election takes place from Saturday, Feb. 24 through Friday, March 1 with day, night and weekend hours available. Haverhill City Clerk Kaitlin M. Wright’s office said all of the city’s early voting takes place in Haverhill City Hall, 4 Summer St., in the basement-level rooms once used by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The space is most easily accessible from the Newcomb Street side of the building, but handicap access is on the Main Street side of the building where there is also a parking lot. Early voting takes place Saturday and Sunday, Feb.

UMass Lowell Poll: Trump Appears Poised to Win Today’s N.H. Republican Primary

Former President Donald Trump appears poised to win today’s New Hampshire Republican presidential primary by a 16-point margin over former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, according to new poll results issued by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion and YouGov.

Of 600 likely N.H. Republican primary voters surveyed, 50% endorse Trump as the state GOP’s nominee, while 34% support Haley. Poll results show Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trails at 11%, with 4% undecided and 1% responding they plan to vote for another candidate. The poll was conducted prior to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suspension of his presidential campaign Sunday. The findings halve Trump’s 32-point victory over Haley in the Iowa caucuses last week and show a tightening in the race, in contrast to responses to a UMass Lowell-YouGov poll issued in December. In that survey of 450 likely Granite State Republican primary voters, 52% said they would vote for Trump and 22% would vote for Haley, once the former president’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Whittier Tech Special Election Hours Tuesday are 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Polls are open Tuesday in all 11 communities that send students to Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, but voting hours differ from typical elections. Unlike other elections, polling locations will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. State law governing regional school special elections requires that “The number and location of the polling place, or places, in each town shall be determined by the district committee after consultation with the selectmen thereof; and the hours during which all the polls in the district are open shall be uniform throughout the district and shall be not less than four nor more than eight consecutive hours.”

A majority vote decides whether a replacement school moves forward. The member communities are Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

Cross Section of State and Local Officials Urge ‘Yes’ Vote for Whittier, Decry ‘False’ Info.

This story has been updated with the names of several others who signed on to the letter. One of Haverhill’s state senators, both state representatives, Haverhill’s mayor and several city councilors are not only urging voters to support a replacement Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School next week, but also raising concern over “tribalism on social media.”

In a joint statement, Sen. Pavel M. Payano, Reps. Andy X. Vargas and Ryan M. Hamilton, Haverhill Mayor Melinda E. Barrett, City Council President Thomas J. Sullivan, City Council Vice President Timothy J. Jordan and City Council Past President John A. Michitson and others decried, what they called, “false accusations and the pitting of our communities against each other.”

“Financing a new school is never easy. There are rarely pleasant options for taxpayers. As adults we must govern in reality and face the hard truths.

Analysis, Part 1: Whittier Tech Replacement Myths and Facts Ahead of Jan. 23 Vote

In the public interest, WHAV today presents in two parts, a series of fact checks to shed light on certain myths and little-known facts in advance of next week’s vote on the future of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. Part 1 of 2

Those who toured Whittier Tech this past weekend generally reported it to be well maintained. Some learned for first time that Whittier is not part of Haverhill Public Schools and did not suffer from deferred maintenance during the city’s Hale Hospital-driven financial crisis. They also were reminded the school was built before sprinklers were required, existing elevators are not compliant with today’s Americans with Disability Act, the football stadium isn’t being touched and, in fact, a competitive process was used to choose the project’s construction manager and other public bids—representing 90% of the total project cost, are yet to come. As WHAV reported almost a year ago, a school building committee recommended a replacement school with a more than $400 million price tag.

Analysis, Part 2: Is Turnabout Fair Play in Haverhill’s Vote on Whittier Tech?

In the public interest, WHAV today presents in two parts, a series of fact checks to shed light on certain myths and little-known facts in advance of next week’s vote on the future of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. Part 2 of 2

There’s a saying that turnabout is fair play. For or against building an estimated $444.6 million replacement Whittier Tech, some leaders appear unaware of the district’s history and a lawsuit 45-years ago that affirmed the formulas. When the agreement among the 11 communities was negotiated in 1967, Whittier had one formula for capital spending, like a new building, and another for paying annual operating costs. Haverhill has paid 50-70% of the annual costs over the past 50 years, but with only 15% of the representation.