Haverhill Mayor Fiorentini Among 20 Mayors Endorsing Sen. Markey Re-Election Bid

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini is wading into the expected Democratic party battle between incumbent Sen. Edward Markey and challenger Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. Fiorentini joined 20 mayors yesterday endorsing Markey in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary. Markey touted his work at the local level across the state and his connections with the mayors and residents and voters. The endorsement comes as little surprise since the mayor invited Markey to participate in his recent inauguration

“As we work to improve the lives of every resident across our Commonwealth, we are grateful to have such a strong partner at the federal level advocating for our communities,” the mayors said in an endorsement letter.

Haverhill Begins Early Presidential Primary Voting Monday, Feb. 24; Register by Feb. 12

Haverhill residents may cast their ballots early for presidential party nominees next month. The Massachusetts presidential primary is Super Tuesday, March 3, but residents may vote as early as Monday, Feb. 24, at 8 a.m., in the basement of Haverhill City Hall. Early voting for president takes place for the first time this year, says City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas. Early voting runs through Friday, Feb.

U.S. Rep. Kennedy Campaigns in Downtown Haverhill Saturday with State Sen. DiZoglio

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III will be in Haverhill this Saturday for, what is being called, a “meet and greet” with state Sen. Diana DiZoglio. Kennedy is vying for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Edward Markey. “Joe has proven himself a true leader for working families in Congress and will be a tireless advocate for the Merrimack Valley in the U.S. Senate,” said DiZoglio. “I am excited to have this opportunity to introduce him to the amazing people of the City of Haverhill.”

Kennedy and DiZoglio will meet residents Saturday, Jan. 11, from 2-3 p.m., at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill.

Year-in-Review: Haverhill Voters Largely Keep the Status Quo; Donais Only Upset of Election

Despite numerous calls for change, Haverhill voters in November welcomed only one newcomer to office—Toni Sapienza-Donais to the Haverhill School Committee. Donais edged out incumbent Sven A. Amirian by just 65 votes. She surprised many in July when she turned down the job of principal at Walnut Square School as part of Haverhill Public Schools’ new “rightsizing” plan. “After 40 years in education, I just feel like I’ve walked the walk and I’m very excited to be on the other side and get into the policies and hopefully make a difference on the School Committee,” she said. Leadership of several Haverhill Schools, including Walnut Square, shifted in the fall, as Superintendent Margaret Marotta implemented her plan to ease classroom overcrowding.

Bevilacqua Cries Foul Over Reports Colleagues Won’t Elect Him Haverhill Council President

Although he was the top vote-getter, Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua at this point doesn’t have the support of his colleagues to become president of the Haverhill City Council in January. Instead, the majority of councilors say they are leaning toward naming former Council Vice President Melinda E. Barrett as president and Colin F. LePage as vice president on inauguration day. Bevilacqua told WHAV Sunday councilors should honor a 50-year tradition where most times, but not always, the highest vote-getter gets the nod. He said he first learned election night of trouble ahead when he congratulated a fellow member on his win. “And he said to me, ‘we have to talk.’ The minute he said that to me, I knew there was a problem.

Trocki Reacts to Fiorentini Election Win: ‘He Won the Battle But the War’s Not Over’

Incumbent Mayor James J. Fiorentini was elected to his record ninth term Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean challenger Daniel S. Trocki is finished fighting for the citizens of Haverhill. In fact, Trocki told WHAV after the ballots were tabulated, that he and his campaign staff are committed to “make change happen” in another two years. “He won the battle but the war’s not over. We still got a lot of issues that we’ve got to accomplish and push forward,” Trocki told WHAV at downtown Haverhill’s Barking Dog Ale House of his challenger Fiorentini. Twelve-year Haverhill Police Officer Trocki earned a respectable 4,785 votes to Fiorentini’s 6,503.

Dirty Politics Invade Haverhill Election; Some Tactics May Have Violated State Law

Editor’s Note: WHAV’s policy against outside “for” and “against” political stories was in effect from last Friday night until the close of polls at 8 p.m., Tuesday. The policy was adopted out of fairness to those candidates that might not have enough time to respond before the election. In the days before Haverhill’s local election, certain households received anonymous flyers accusing certain elected officials of ethics violations, but the mailing itself may have been illegal. The unknown authors suggested one or two elected officials improperly accepted campaign donations from those doing business with the city. However, based on what was shared, the targeted officeholders appear to have followed rules set by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and Ethics Commission.

Fiorentini Wins Record Ninth Term as Haverhill Mayor, Bevilacqua Tops Council

Old Haverhill was victorious yet again Tuesday night with Mayor James J. Fiorentini beating Haverhill Police Officer Daniel S. Trocki 6,503-4,785 in the race for the city’s top job. In unofficial totals from City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas, Fiorentini emerged victorious across 21 precincts. It will be Fiorentini’s ninth term in office. Of 44,070 registered voters in Haverhill, 11,647 turned out to cast ballots. Speaking to WHAV’s Tim Coco and Marc Lemay live from his victory party at Maria’s Restaurant after the votes were tabulated, Fiorentini thanked his supporters and said he saw his win as a victory for the taxpayers.