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 …
John Slattery fielded a wide range of questions from readers on Thursday.
State Senate candidate John Slattery talked government spending, budget priorities, undocumented workers, the Salem power plant, medical marijuana and more Thursday in a live chat with Salem Patch readers. klassysalem: I saw your comments on SATV the other day. Is there a relationship between your comment that government spending has been cut to the bone, with no waste, and the fact that you've been endorsed by so many public employee unions? What should those endorsements tell me, as someone who has to fund those public union salaries? John Slattery: I don't think there is any question that the state legislature has worked for the past several years to eliminate waste and duplication from the budget. They have enacted reforms to the …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Have a question for John Slattery? Ask it here.
Attorney and former Peabody state representative and city councilor John Slattery is chatting live with Patch readers today from 2-3 p.m. Slattery is running for the 2nd Essex District seat in the state Senate. Salem is within that district.
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…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The former Peabody state representative and city councilor will be chatting live with readers from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday.
State Senate candidate John Slattery will be joining us on Thursday at 2 p.m. for a live chat with readers. If you have any questions for Slattery on his bid for the 2nd Essex District seat, which represents Salem, Peabody Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield, this is a great opportunity to get those questions answered. Be sure to head on over to our homepage between 2 and 3 p.m. 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 issue-…
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-…
Monday, July 30, 2012
John Slattery says "Sections 42 is not the answer."
Monday, July 30, 2012
The attached letter to the editor was submitted by John Slattery.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Slattery is running for the state senate position for the 2nd Essex district.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The following is courtesy of John Slattery. The Slattery Campaign is honored to announce that the Massachusetts Nurses Association has endorsed John’s campaign to become the next State Senator for the 2nd Essex District, which includes the communities of Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield. Donna Kelly Williams, RN, President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, in announcing the endorsement, stated, “The Massachusetts Nurses Association has endorsed John Slattery because he will be a strong advocate for nurses and will work for the continued improvement of health care services. Once elected, John will do all he can to support the passage of legislation which will ensure safe nurse staffing in our hospitals and advocate for…