Haverhill City and Ward Democrats Meet Remotely Wednesday for Quadrennial Reorganization

Haverhill Democrats are meeting remotely this Wednesday to carry out reorganization which takes every four years following the presidential primary election. State law requires city and ward committees to choose a chairman, secretary and treasurer—and the latter cannot be a public employee. The Haverhill Democratic City Committee meets first to conduct general business, reorganize and make plans for the fall election. Each ward will then meet, organize and elect new members before coming back together as the City Committee to wrap up. The online video or telephone meeting via Zoom takes place Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Democrats who wish to participate must email to Chairman William D. Cox Jr. at [email protected] no later than 11 a.m., Wednesday.

Democrat Christina Eckert Files Signatures, Plans 2nd Essex State Representative Challenge

Democrat Christina Eckert says she will be on the ballot this fall, mounting a second challenge to take the 2nd Essex district House currently held by state Rep. Leonard Mirra. Eckert came within 324 votes of taking the seat during her first run in 2018. 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. She told WHAV recently she has again recruited Josh Laramie as campaign manager.

Two Haverhill Women Make Contest Out of Tuesday’s Republican State Committee Ballot

Complete results below. While most eyes were on presidential contenders Tuesday, a little-known local contest between two Haverhill women proved to be quite competitive. Haverhill School Committee member Maura L. Ryan-Ciardiello was re-elected as Republican state committeewoman for the First Essex District, but first-time challenger Jeri Ann Levasseur came in a relatively close second. In unofficial totals districtwide, Ryan-Ciardiello received 4,418 votes to Levasseur’s 3,958. Levasseur, who moved to Haverhill from Danvers in 2004, told WHAV city and town committees rely on the state party leaders to help local groups grow and become visible.

State Committee Contests Put Local Names on Presidential Primary Ballots Today

Although today’s Democratic and Republican presidential primary ballots show the major contenders for the White House, some familiar local names will also be seen. Both the state Democratic and Republican parties are choosing committee members, but only the Republican party locally faces ballot competition. Incumbent Republican State Committeeman Shaun P. Toohey faces opposition from Michael J. Grammont of Haverhill, Ryan A. Hawkes of North Andover, Jack A. Roy and Alexander R. Veras, both of Haverhill. Toohey, a former Haverhill School Committee member, is joined by his sister-in-law, Haverhill School Committee member Maura Ryan-Ciardiello, who is running for re-election as state committee woman. She is opposed by Jeri Ann Levasseur of Haverhill.

Polls Show Mass. Presidential Primary Between Sanders and Warren; Polls Open at 7 a.m., Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Bay State voters join 13 other states and American Samoa in pledging a third of the delegates a candidate needs to win their party’s nomination for president. Latest polls show U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Berne Sanders running neck-and-neck race for delegates in the Massachusetts primary. Super Tuesday is the biggest test yet for Warren of Massachusetts and Sanders of Vermont. A University of Massachusetts Amherst/WCVB poll released Friday shows put Sanders at 25%, Warren at 23%, former South Bend, Ind.

Methuen Democrats to Caucus March 7 to Elect Delegates to May State Convention

Methuen Democrats are holding a caucus Saturday, March 7, to elect 22 delegates and four alternates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Methuen members plan to elect 11 men and 11 women to represent the city at the state convention Saturday, May 30, at the Tsongas Center, UMass, Lowell, 300 Arcand Drive, Lowell. The 2020 MassDems Nominating Convention will vote on candidates for the U.S. Senate ahead of the September primary. The caucus takes place Saturday, March 7, from 9-11 a.m., at Methuen City Hall, Searles Building, 41 Pleasant St., Great Hall, third floor. Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration and the caucus officially begins at 10.

Early Massachusetts Presidential Primary Voting Begins Today; Here’s Where to Vote

Early voting for Massachusetts’ presidential primary is underway today in Haverhill and area communities. Although the Massachusetts presidential primary is next week—Super Tuesday, March 3, residents may vote as early as today. Haverhill, Methuen and most area communities accept ballots beginning at 8 a.m., every day this week. Merrimac, however, opens at 9 a.m.

Extended hours are also available tonight in Merrimac, until 7, and Groveland until 8. North Andover stays open late tomorrow, until 7 p.m., and Haverhill remains open Wednesday, until 8.

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%.