Tuesday, February 5, 2013
State Sen. Joan Lovely has been named to seven committees on Beacon Hill, including chairwoman of one of the committees.
The state senator representing Salem has been named chairwoman of a Beacon Hill committee just a month after being sworn in to her first term in office. State Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem) announced on Tuesday that she has been named chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Lovely was elected to the Second Essex District seat in the state Senate in November, filling the seat that was held by Sen. Frederick Berry for 30 years. Lovely emerged on top of a field of four Democrats in the September primary and beat Republican Richard Jolitz of Beverly in November. Before being elected to the state Senate, Lovely was a 15-year member of the City Council and most recently was its president. Her departure set off one of …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Three weeks into her first term in office, state Senator Joan Lovely addressed small business owners from the North Shore on Friday.
State Senator Joan Lovely addressed dozens of North Shore small business owners on Friday, identifying constituent services and an effort to drop the statue of limitation on child sex abuse as top key focuses. Lovely, a Democrat from Salem, was elected last November and has been in office for 23 days. She takes over for Frederick Berry, the former Senate Majority Leader who served for 30 years before retiring. Timely response to constituents is "crucial," she told the North Shore Business Forum as it gathered for breakfast at Danversport Yacht Club. "My time as a city councilor taught me constituent service comes first," she said, after earlier saying she became involved in Salem city government after her concern about the condition of a …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Salem Democrat Joan Lovely attributes much of her successful run to a grassroots campaign of knocking on doors all across the district.
Salem Democrat Joan Lovely earned a seat in the state Senate Tuesday in a landslide victory over Beverly Republican Richard Jolitz. With all the official results in, Lovely garnered 71 percent of the vote to Jolitz' 29 percent. Lovely, her family and a roomful of supporters gathered at the Old Town Hall in Salem to celebrate Tuesday night. Lovely arrived just after 8 p.m. and finally took the podium to give her victory speech shortly before 9:30 p.m. "What an amazing year this has been. We started back in January...we started knocking on doors and we've been knocking on doors ever since across this district and the response has just been phenomenal," Lovely said. "I just feel so greatful and so honored to stand here tonight before all of …
Democrat Joan Lovely defeats Republican Richard Jolitz to represent Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield in the state Senate.
Democrat Joan Lovely, after 15 years on the Salem City Council, won herself a seat on Beacon Hill Tuesday night. In a landslide victory, Lovely defeated Beverly Republican Richard Jolitz for the 2nd Essex District seat in the Massachusetts Senate, according to results from the Associated Press. With 59 percent of the votes reporting at 10 p.m., projected winner Lovely defeated Jolitz 72 percent to 28 percent. The hardest phase of the campaign for Lovely was undoubtedly the party primary in September where she faced off against two experienced North Shore politicians – former state Rep. John Slattery and Governor’s Councilor Mary-Ellen Manning – and a newcomer to the scene, Ed Carroll. Months of knocking on doors across the district paid …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Lovely will be in Nov. election.
Joan Lovely secured a spot in the Second Essex Senate race in Thursday's primary election. Click here for a complete look at how the North Shore voted. Lovely will go on to face Republican challenger Richard A. Jolitz in the November election for the senate seat. *Unofficial numbers
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Sen. Fred Berry says Lovely is best choice to take over his seat.
Sen. Fred Berry had endorsed Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely for his senate seat. “I will cast my vote for Joan Lovely,” Berry said in a statement that was leaked to the press two days before planned, according to an article in the Salem News. “As an eight-term city councilor and longtime community leader, Joan knows what local communities need from the state government. She has demonstrated both compassion and political courage in dealing with tight municipal budgets and providing vital services to her community.” Joan Lovely said she "had no clue" of the endorsement until she was informed by a reporter, according to the Salem News article. Berry has been senator of the 2nd Essex District — Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely talked about jobs, housing the homeless, the MBTA, state pension reform and more in a live chat with readers on Monday.
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely talked about everything from why she's running and what sets her apart from the other candidates to her take on the MBTA and the first issue she'd tackle if elected in a live chat with Salem Patch readers on Monday. Here's what Lovely had to say: Bo: Why do you want to be a senator? Joan Lovely: I'm seeking the office of state Senator because I know firsthand how critical it is to have a senator who understands what our communities are going through to deal with municipal budgets under pressure, a sluggish economy, aging infrastructures, and the ever-increasing demands on school resources and public services. Like Senator Berry, who also served as a city councilor, I bring a keen understanding of those …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Have a question for Joan Lovely? Ask it here.
Salem city councilor and attorney Joan Lovely is chatting live with Salem Patch readers today from noon to 1 p.m. Lovely is running for the 2nd Essex District seat in the state Senate.
Lovely with be answering questions about her bid for the Senate seat.
Senate Candidate/City Council President Joan B. Lovely will be live chatting with Salem Patch beginning noon on Monday, Aug. 27. Be sure to head on over to our homepage just before 12 p.m. and join our chat. You'll simply have to provide your name, and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. Lovely will be fielding your questions regarding her Senate bid — from your concerns about Salem to those affecting the entire district (Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield) — until 1 p.m. We are scheduling chats with the other two Democratic candidates in the race as well prior to the Sept. 6 primary. John Slattery's recent chat with Patch can be found here.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Salem City Council President will be chatting live with readers from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday.
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely will be joining us on Monday at noon for a live chat with readers. If you have any questions for Lovely on her bid for the 2nd Essex District seat, which represents Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield, this is a great opportunity to get those questions answered. Be sure to head on over to our homepage between noon and 1 p.m. on Aug. 27 to join our chat. You simply have to provide your name and you'll be able to ask your questions immediately. Be sure to mark your calendar today. Questions submitted, as always, will be subject to moderator approval. No vulgar or libelous comments will be allowed. Do to the fact that we expect a high volume of questions for that hour, we will keep the questions …