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]

Rep. Vargas Joins Ex-Govs. Weld, Patrick as Honorary ‘Yes on 2’ Campaign Co-Chair

The ballot campaign to bring ranked choice voting to Massachusetts on Monday named Haverhill Rep. Andy X. Vargas as an honorary co-chair, joining two former governors—a Democrat and Republican—among others. The ‘Yes on 2’ campaign said Vargas, who filed the House bill to enact Ranked Choice Voting along with another co-chair Rep. Adrian Madaro, joins former Govs. Deval Patrick and William F. Weld and former Lt. Gov. Kerry Murphy Healey. “Voting Yes on 2 is about building a stronger democracy that puts power in the hands of the people.,” said Vargas. “This question can be boiled down to a very simple principle—that candidates that win elections should win with more than 50% of voters supporting them.” Without this, added, majority rule is sidelined for minority and special interest rule.

Sen. Markey Completes Rally to Defeat Kennedy; Moulton Prevails Over Challengers

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey withstood a challenge from U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III on Tuesday and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal fended off Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse on a night when two incumbents claimed victories and delivered a split decision for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Markey, who at 74 has spent more than four decades in Congress, successfully defined himself as a progressive champion, using endorsements from people like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and his co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal to endear himself to young, liberal voters. “The time to be timid is past. The age of incrementalism is over. Now is our moment to think big, to build big, to be big.

Voters Today to Choose Between Markey and Kennedy; Many Have Already Cast Ballots

Voters today decide whether Edward J. Markey remains one of the state’s senators or should be replaced by Joseph P. Kennedy III. An Emerson College/WHDH poll finds Markey leading with 56% support and Kennedy behind at 44%. Markey’s base is registered Democratic voters, where he leads 61% to 39%. Independents slightly favor Markey, 51% to 49%. Another base for Markey is younger voters, particularly those 18-29, who break for Markey 70% to 30%.

UMass Lowell Poll Shows Markey Opens Double-Digit Lead Over Challenger Kennedy

Incumbent Sen. Edward Markey has opened up a double-digit lead over challenger U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III one week before the Democratic primary in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a new poll of Massachusetts voters released Wednesday. Conducted by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion, the poll of 800 likely Democratic primary voters found that Markey leads the race with 52 percent of respondents supporting him, compared to 40 percent for Kennedy, with 6 percent of voters undecided and 2 percent favoring another candidate. The primary election is Tuesday, Sept. 1. “Perhaps the most peculiar thing about this race is that the incumbent has been embraced by the outsider wing of the Democratic Party and the challenger has been characterized as an insider.

Haverhill Democrats Meet, Appear to Split Support Between Markey and Kennedy in Straw Vote

Haverhill Democrats met Saturday for their annual breakfast, concluding with a straw vote showing attendees nearly evenly split between incumbent Sen. Edward J. Markey and challenger Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III. The breakfast, taking place online for the first time because of the pandemic, featured live appearances from the two senatorial candidates. Markey spoke first, outlining his platform. “I’m running on justice. I’m running on environmental justice—that’s the green new deal.

Haverhill Installs Two Boxes for Residents to Drop Off Ballots to Vote in Sept. 1 Primary Election

With some voters worried their mail-in ballots won’t arrive in time for the Sept. 1 primary election, Haverhill has created two stations for residents to drop them off. City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas said ballots may be dropped off 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at special, secure boxes at the Haverhill Police Station and behind City Hall. The box at City Hall, located near the stairs to the rear parking lot, is designed for drive-up service. “We’re going to pick up and clean them out several times a day,” Koutoulas said.