City Council ‘Dean,’ Macek, the Latest to Announce Re-Election Plans

Haverhill City Councilor William J. Macek—often called the “dean” of the City Council because he is the city’s longest serving legislator—is the latest elected official to seek re-election. Macek took out nomination papers Friday. He is a life-long resident and is married to Haverhill native Maria J. (DiPirro) Macek. In a statement, Macek’s campaign said, the candidate is “Always standing up for improvements in education, public safety, public services and Haverhill’s overall quality of life.” According to the statement:

“Bill has a proven track record as an experienced leader and a forward thinker responsible for facilitating and promoting Haverhill’s growth and vibrancy. Macek has played an important part in Haverhill’s recent renaissance, leading to some of the most prosperous years in Haverhill’s history.”

Macek said he prides himself on “serving others and makes it a point to be a leader in constituent and senior services.” He added, he intends to “remain your voice for smart equitable taxation with maximum return value.”

Macek said he plans unveil a number of key initiatives as the campaign unfolds.

Election 2019: Bevilacqua, Fiorentini, LePage Plan Campaign Fundraisers

Several local leaders are gearing up to kick off their re-election campaigns with fundraisers in the coming weeks. City Councilors Joseph J. Bevilacqua and Colin F. LePage, along with Mayor James J. Fiorentini invite members of the Haverhill community to meet and mingle with them at the following events:

Monday, June 10:

Bevilacqua hosts a fundraiser for his City Council bid from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Battle Grounds Coffee Company, 39 Washington St., Haverhill. Thursday, June 13:

LePage hosts a fundraiser for his City Council bid starting at 6 p.m. at the Barking Dog Ale House, 77 Washington St., Haverhill. Monday, June 17:

Fiorentini hosts a fundraiser for his Mayoral bid from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tap, 100 Washington St., Haverhill.

Former School Committee Member Toohey to Seek Haverhill City Council Seat

Former Haverhill School Committee member Shaun P. Toohey has taken out nomination papers for a City Council run, saying he is “increasingly concerned about the direction our city is heading in and its future.”

Toohey, who served on the School Committee 14 years before not seeking re-election two years ago, said he will focus on public safety, education and fiscal responsibility. He was School Committee president during 2010-2011 and again during 2014-2015. He also served as a member of the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee from 2010-2015. He is a former member of the Haverhill Stadium Commission. “I am committed to winning this November and I look forward to a spirited conversation with residents about issues that concern us and ways we can bring better leadership to city government,” Toohey said in a statement.

Haverhill Mayoral Hopeful Trocki Plans June 12 Fundraiser

First-time Haverhill mayoral candidate Daniel Trocki is ready to greet city voters at a campaign kickoff party Wednesday, June 12 at Maria’s Restaurant, 85 Essex St., starting at 5:30 p.m.

Pulling nomination papers with an intention to run against Haverhill’s longest-serving Mayor James J. Fiorentini on May 2, Haverhill Police Patrolman Trocki told WHAV his campaign priorities include public safety, education and funding for school and city building infrastructure. If elected, the married father of two children has already thought out how he’ll revise Haverhill’s public safety plan. “If you look at other cities, they have K-9s, full-time traffic/safety guys, full units, detectives on their night shift—some of that should be looked at,” said Trocki. Other public safety improvements he suggested include relocating the High Street fire station closer to Computer Drive, for example. Trocki must obtain at least 50 signatures before July 1.

Fiorentini Pulls Nomination Papers for Record Ninth Mayoral Term

The race is officially on! Friday, May 17 was the day Haverhill’s longest-serving Mayor James J. Fiorentini chose to formally announce his intention to run for a record ninth term in the city’s top office, pulling nomination papers with City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas, WHAV confirms.

Fiorentini’s Friday decision to throw his hat into the ring comes two weeks after the City of Haverhill first allowed locals to pull papers for municipal office. Since May 1, Fiorentini is the fourth candidate to announce plans to run for mayor. Haverhill police officer Daniel Trocki, Hector Montalvo, and Community Action employee Melanie Tamberino previously announced plans to run. Assuming all four candidates secure the necessary 50 signatures to appear on the ballot by July 1, a preliminary election takes place in September.

Haverhill Democrats to Caucus on Monday to Elect State Convention Delegates

Members of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee are coming together on Monday, May 20 to elect delegates and alternates for the upcoming Massachusetts Democratic State Convention, Committee Chairman Bill Cox tells WHAV. Haverhill plans to send 28 delegates and 28 alternates to Springfield to attend the Sept. 14 event at the MassMutual Center, Cox said. Monday’s caucus, held at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all registered democrats in Haverhill. A meeting to discuss general party business precedes the caucus at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Two Newcomers Officially Join Haverhill’s City Council Race

One week into the fall municipal election season, several newcomers have pulled nomination papers in bids for one of nine open City Council seats. The latest to announce intentions to run include former Brightside president Douglas Edison and paralegal advocate Joseph Sherlock. Sherlock, a Haverhill native who lives at 92 Agawam Ave., took out his nomination papers on May 2, while 28 Towne Hill Road’s Edison followed suit on May 3. The men join previously announced candidates Stavros Dimakis, Nicholas Golden, Ken Quimby and Fred Simmons. Incumbents Joseph J. Bevilacqua and John A. Michitson, the current City Council President, have also kicked off their re-election campaigns.

VIDEO: Quimby Confirms Run for Haverhill City Council on WHAV’s Open Mic Show

Wednesday marks the first day locals interested in running for public office in the City of Haverhill can take out nomination papers and the man city councilors have long dubbed the honorary 10th member of the City Council plans to seek a spot on the ballot. Goodale Avenue’s Kenneth E. Quimby told WHAV Open Mic Show cohosts Bill Macek and Ralph Basiliere on Monday night’s show that he intends to vie for one of the nine open seats this November. A personal care assistant who works on the North Shore, Quimby told Macek and Basiliere he already has his platform ready. “I’m going to be redundant, but with public safety—police and fire—we need it. Senior housing is still a crying need,” Quimby said.