Contested Second Essex Race Between Incumbent Rep. Mirra and Challenger Eckert Garners Attention

While most of the attention during today’s balloting is on the battle for the White House between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, political observers are paying close attention to the Second Essex race between incumbent Republican Rep. Leonard Mirra and Democratic challenger Christina Eckert. This year’s race, one of few contested seats, is a rematch between West Newbury’s Mirra and Boxford’s Eckert, who came within 324 votes of taking the seat during her first run in 2018. Mirra, who was first elected in 2012, received the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker, while Eckert has won the backing of Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

The district includes Boxford, precincts 2 and 3; Georgetown; Groveland; Haverhill, ward 4. precinct 3, and ward 7: precinct 3; Merrimac; Newbury; and West Newbury. Although the race will likely be settled outside of the city, Haverhill City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas said 35 percent of Haverhill voters had already cast ballots via early voting or mail-in absentee ballots by this election day.

Fiorentini Calls for Calm Following Election Results; Police Diffuse Potentially ‘Difficult Situation’

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini says he is “concerned” about the emotions and passion surrounding today’s presidential election and urges people to remain calm no matter the outcome. The mayor said when the election is over, roughly half the city will be unhappy. “I’m going to ask everybody to take it in stride. This is a democracy. This is how it works.

Rep. Candidate Eckert Wins Backing From Congresswoman Trahan and Attorney General Healey

Christina Eckert has won the endorsements of two prominent Democrats as she seeks to unseat Rep. Leonard Mirra in the Second Essex district. Congresswoman Lori Trahan and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey asked voters to support Eckert of Boxford. “Christina’s work at the Merrimack River Watershed Council makes her uniquely qualified to protect the river from sewage overflows, PFAS and other contaminants. Her voice will be vital on Beacon Hill,” Trahan said in a statement. Eckert likewise praised Trahan.

Rep. Leonard Mirra Receives Re-Election Endorsement From Gov. Charlie Baker

Gov. Charlie Baker last weekend endorsed incumbent state Rep. Leonard Mirra for re-election in the Second Essex district. Baker released a video asking voters to support Mirra, who was first elected in 2012. “Lenny has done a fabulous job representing his district, but most importantly he brings that commonsense, boots on the ground, small business view to the decisions he makes and he is focused like a laser on trying to help us reinvent, reopen our economy here in Massachusetts post-COVID,” Baker said. Baker and Mirra are both Republicans. Mirra said in a statement that he is honored to have the support of the governor, saying “I hope that in my next term I will be able to work with his administration to bring positive change to the people of the Second Essex.” He added, “Too often we hear about how broken our system is, but I am proud to stand with the governor in the effort to bring back positivity and integrity to our state.”

The endorsement came as early voting began all across the Commonwealth Oct.

League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill Hosts Ballot Question Forum Tonight

The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill is hosting a virtual Ballot Question Forum tonight to guide Massachusetts voters through the two ballot questions facing them this fall—Question 1, dealing with right to repair and automobile data, and Question 2, dealing with ranked choice voting. Individuals both in support and opposition of the ballot measures will be available for questions and answers from the audience. The online forum takes place today, from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom. The first hour will be dedicated to Question 1, and the second hour to Question 2. The Zoom meeting opens at 5:30 and may be accessed by clicking here.

Early Voting Begins Saturday at Four Haverhill Locations; Sites Also Accept Mail-In Ballots

Haverhill begins early voting tomorrow at four locations around the city. Registered voters may cast their ballots over the weekend, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Haverhill City Hall, in the former Registry of Motor Vehicles office, 4 Summer St.; Caleb Dustin Hunking School, 480 South Main St.; and Tilton Upper School, formerly known as St. James School, 415 Primrose St. Somebody Cares Ministry, 358 Washington St., is also open this Saturday during the same hours. City Hall continues early voting daily through Oct.

League of Women Voters Plans Forum Next Week to Answer Questions About Ballot Measures

The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill is hosting a virtual Ballot Question Forum next week to guide Massachusetts voters through the two ballot questions facing them this fall—Question 1, dealing with right to repair and automobile data, and Question 2, dealing with ranked choice voting. Individuals both in support and opposition of the ballot measures will be available for questions and answers from the audience. The online forum takes place Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom. The first hour will be dedicated to Question 1, and the second hour to Question 2.

Haverhill Democrats Open Virtual Campaign Headquarters in Lead-Up to Presidential Election

With mail-in voting underway and early voting starting Saturday, the Haverhill Democratic City Committee has opened a virtual Campaign Headquarters on its website at HaverhillDems.org. The site has information on the Committee’s activities and how residents may become involved in next month’s presidential election. The Committee will also be starting visibility/standouts for all candidates, including Christina Eckert, who is seeking election as state representative, on Saturday, Oct.17, from 10-11:30 a.m., and continue up to election day. Anyone wishing to participate must wear a face mask and socially distance. For more information or to register for these events, email Susan at [email protected]