Friday, August 31, 2012
Mary-Ellen Manning, who's running for the 2nd Essex District seat in the state Senate, fielded readers' questions Thursday in live chat.
Governor's Councilor and state Senate candidate Mary-Ellen Manning fielded a broad range of questions in a live chat with Salem Patch readers Thursday on everything from local taxes to the region's biggest challenges, Salem's power plant, illegal immigration, affordable housing and more. Roger: Would you care to comment on Joan Lovely's insatiable appetite for increasing taxes on Salem residents please? Mary-Ellen Manning: Roger, thank you for participating in this chat. It is true that there are clear differences between me and my opponents on the issue of taxes. I have pledged to do all that I can to lower the state income tax rate to 5 percent as promised by the State House years ago. My opponent from Peabody voted to override the voter…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Governor's Councilor will be chatting live with Patch readers Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.
State Senate candidate Mary-Ellen Manning will be joining us on Thursday at noon for a live chat with readers. If you have any questions for Manning 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. 30 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. Due to the fact that we expect a high volume of questions for that hour, we will keep the …
Friday, August 24, 2012
The four Democrats running to replace retiring Sen. Fred Berry in the 2nd Essex District stopped by Brooksby Village in Peabody for a candidate forum Thursday.
The four Democratic candidates for state Senate continued to sound the same campaign themes Thursday in a forum at Brooksby Village, now just two weeks away from the September state primary. By the end of the hour-long event, approximately 100 seniors had stopped in to listen to the candidates speak – each person was allotted 15 minutes. “I’m the only candidate with a plan,” said Salem’s Edward Carroll, going first. He went on to explain his signature campaign proposal for a hotel and casino resort at the site of the Salem power plant instead of Footprint Power bringing in its natural gas facility. Carroll, a retired Essex County deputy sheriff and one-term Governor’s Councilor, said his plan takes advantage of Salem’s deep-water harbor to…
Monday, August 20, 2012
September democratic run-off may alter local political winds.
August has passed its mid-point and we will soon be into September. The ninth month has long been one of transition. The weather will begin a gradual change to cooler winds, and students will return to their studies. Transitions will also occur in the political world. There have been some watershed moments over the last 40 years in Salem. The mayoral election in 1969 stands as the first one in my memory. Two sons of Salem squared off to succeed Francis X. Collins who had led the city for 20 years. When the smoke cleared, Sam Zoll had won the vote over Dick Guy. Soon after that, Jean Levesque, who had been selected by the city council to succeed Zoll, was challenged in two consecutive elections by Hank O'Donnell. Levesque endured to …
Friday, August 17, 2012
The four Democrats seeking to win the party's nomination for the Second Essex District seat in the Sept. 6 primary debated at Beverly High School on Thursday night.
Editor's Note: The story was clarified after being initially published to add Manning's stance on taxes and her quote about eliminating duplicate services. Is “revenue enhancement” a code word for taxes? That was one of the questions up for debate on Thursday night by the Democratic Party candidates for state Senate in the Second Essex District, which includes Salem. It also encompasses Peabody, Danvers, Beverly and Topsfield. “You’ll be hearing that a lot tonight,” said Mary-Ellen Manning, after fellow Democrat John Slattery said, in response to a question, that the state needs to invest more in public transportation. Manning said she is against raising taxes to increase funding to important programs. "I don't think that's the first …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Carroll, Lovely, Manning and Slattery appeared on 'Salem Now!' on Tuesday night; here are highlights from that appearance.
Salem Now! host Leo Jodoin hosted a night with the candidates for the 2nd Essex District seat, which represents Salem, Peabody Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield Tuesday night at SATV. Present were Democratic candidates Edward Carroll, Joan Lovely, Mary-Ellen Manning and John Slattery, who answered questions submitted by viewers. The lone Republican candidate, Richard Jolitiz of Beverly, did not attend the program and Jodoin had some words for him. "As far as I'm concerned I know one candidate not to vote for" Jodoin said at the beginning of the program. "Shame on him…I don't want to thank Mr. Jolitz for not showing up," he said. Jodoin said if Jolitz wants to come after the election "I'll deal with you then." Voters will hit the polls on Sept…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
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-…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Here's an update on the state Senate race for the 2nd Essex District.
[Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction. Joan Lovely's campaign did file a year-end report for 2011 in accordance with campaign finance law, but at the local level in Salem for her current term as a city councilor. The Office of Campaign and Political Finance also finally allowed Lovely to drop her longstanding debt, which was due to a disagreement with a printer on services provided under contract.] Summer is definitely here and the candidates are taking every advantage of favorable weather to hit the streets for visible campaigning. Salem city councilor Joan Lovely, in the state Senate race to succeed Fred Berry, marched in the North Shore Pride Parade from Riley Plaza to Salem Common on Saturday, as her …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
State Senate candidate Joan Lovely has been endorsed by a statewide political action committee seeking to get more women involved in politics and influence public policy.
It may sound at first like an about-face on her pledge more than two months ago, but state Senate candidate Joan Lovely says her endorsement Monday by the Mass. Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is not financial in nature. “We are very proud to endorse Joan Lovely for Massachusetts Senate,” said MWPC Executive Director Priti Rao in a press statement. “Joan has been an outstanding public servant with her 15 years on the Salem City Council. She understands the needs and issues most pertinent to the 2nd Essex community. Working on the local level, she has seen the effects of budget cuts on local citizens and she will be a tremendous advocate for bringing resources back to this district,” said Rao. The PAC calls itself "a …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Join us live from the Moose to hear from the candidates.
If you can't make the Democratic Primary Candidates 2nd Essex State Senate Race Forum at the Moose Tuesday night, we have you covered. Salem Patch will be live blogging the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to comment on the blog and interact with us as we hear from the candidates. Feel free to get in touch on Twitter @salempatch as well.