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TELL US: What's Your Top State Senate Race Issue?

You've heard a lot from each of the candidates that will be squaring off in the primary on Sept. 6, so we want to hear from you — what's this race all about for you?

The state primary is now less than a month away and the race to succeed Sen. Fred Berry is in full swing.

All four Democratic candidates vying for the 2nd Essex District seat have been pounding the campaign trail, shaking hands, holding signs and weighing in on pressing issues within the district and statewide as Sept. 6 nears.

And voters are presented with a wide breadth of experience between the four candidates, only one of which will face Republican Richard Jolitz in November.

Peabody attorney John Slattery is a former state representative and city councilor, fellow attorney Mary-Ellen Manning (who has both Peabody and Salem ties) has spent 11 years on the Governor's Council, Salem's Joan Lovely (also an attorney) is a popular eight-term city councilor and the current president of the Salem council and then there's Edward Carroll of Salem, a retired Essex County deputy sheriff who served one term on the Governor's Council in the 1990s.

Thus far, we've heard a lot of what each candidate has done or thinks on certain issues, so it's time to turn the podium over to you — the voters of Salem, Peabody, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield.

We want to hear from you

What's the most important consideration for you going into the polls on Sept. 6? What is this election about for you?

If you haven't decided who you're voting for yet, what do you think will most influence your choice in the coming days?

Weigh in via the comment section below, and as always, we ask that you refrain from personal attacks — stick to the issues and the candidates.

john August 09, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I want a free thinker that listens to the people and acts according to to their wishes and wants.A person that is not working toward some future agenda or at least wont let that cloud their vision. A person that does not just follow party lines because it's the right thing to do.A person that has the ability to build a relationship with fellow lawmakers and gain their support on issues.
Bill August 09, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Spending and EBT reform
chester suchecki August 09, 2012 at 07:43 PM
john i agree with you but there is more. the house and senate donot need their own health insurance policy, let them use what they voted in for us. take away all the other perks they seem to enjoy at our expense.to cut government spending starts in their office and pocket.. set new term limits , no more than 8 years after which they leave with no lifetime pension and health insurance. get a job like the rest of us. first we as voter need to clean the house out and start over because we as a country cannot trive the way things are now and the way they are going.
john August 09, 2012 at 09:23 PM
My first respone does not really answer the question that was asked. I thinks what MA needs is good paying jobs. I also think that a nearby casino could be of great value in getting that done. Find ways to bring down taxes and maybe attract new buisness growth.I recall the numerous Sylvania plants and tanneries in our local area but on a state scale I remember the GM plant in Framingham.I hear alot about companies getting tax breaks and how wrong it is but if a company is given a break to bring good jobs to an area is that relly a bad thing? Push the growth of medical research and pharmacutical companies while we have the best hospital in the country,MGH.
dd August 09, 2012 at 11:13 PM
right on chester!
gene August 09, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I want the anti-Keenan. Someone who will represent the people of the district not the Senate President or the special interests.
William Legault August 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
That would have been a fellow by the name of David Sumner, Keenan's Republican opponent when he was elected for the first time.

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