The Massachusetts AFL-CIO on Wednesday endorsed Methuen Democrat Diana DiZoglio who is challenging state Rep. David Torrisi, D-North Andover, for their party’s nomination to run for state representative from the 14th Essex district comprised of North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill.
The union represents about 400,000 working people in Massachusetts.
“Massachusetts needs more civic leaders like Diana DiZoglio who stands proudly for and will advocate effectively on the issues that matter most to the working men and women of our Commonwealth and their families,” said Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman. “The working men and women of the 14th Essex District need a State Representative that they can count on to stand up for our issues,” said Paul Georges, president of the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council. “Diana DiZoglio has a proven track record of supporting working families and will be a great advocate for us on Beacon Hill.” DiZoglio is former chief of staff to Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts and also received the endorsement of that group as well as Laborers Local 175 in Methuen. “This year marks the 100th anniversary for the Lawrence Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. Today, local families are still struggling to get by with the consistently rising costs of education, health care and general living expenses. I hope to be a voice for those trying to find light at the end of the tunnel in this difficult economy,” DiZoglio said.
The winner of the Sept. 6 primary will face Republican Karin Rhoton in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Wilson announces ‘College Kids Count’ voter program
ANDOVER — Jack Wilson, Republican candidate for Northern Essex Register of Deeds, launched a new voter initiative aimed at attracting college students’ participation in the political process and keeping them engaged through this election season and beyond.
Using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, the focus of “College Kids Count,” will be to reach out to college age students in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover, make sure they are registered to vote and have made arrangements to vote absentee ballot while they are away.
Kaleigh Wilson, 18, Wilson’s daughter, who is starting at Northeastern University this fall, and Christine Neel, 20, of Methuen, a Merrimack College junior, are spearheading the initiative. “Many of my friends who are going away to school at the end of this month have been asking how to vote absentee,” Kaleigh Wilson said. “This is an exciting opportunity to take what we are doing for our friends and expanding it to college kids throughout the four communities.”
Wilson said he’s inspired by the enthusiasm he’s seen from young people in his campaign. “Who better than college students themselves, most of whom are already networked into each other through social media, to reach out to others and get them fully engaged.”
For more information, follow the Jack Wilson for Register of Deeds page on Facebook.
Weaver to visit
Tom Weaver a candidate for the GOP nomination to run for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District, will be at the Methuen Senior Center on Thursday Aug. 23 from 9:30-11 a.m. for a formal meet and greet. Weaver will speak and answer any questions during the 90 minute visit.
Weaver, of Westford, and Jon Golnik of Carlisle, are vying for the nomination on Sept. 6 for a chance to challenge Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, in the Nov. 6 general election.
Golnik beat Weaver and two others in the 2010 Republican primary before losing to Tsongas in the general election. and The Methuen Senior Center is located at 77 Lowell Street. Refreshments will be served.
Charles Baker boosts Rhoton’s campaign
NORTH ANDOVER — Karin Rhoton’s campaign for state representative from the 14th Essex House District received a major push Thursday night with an endorsement from Charles Baker, the Republican nominee for governor in 2010.
Baker told the crowd at the China Blossom that Rhoton, who recently completed a three-year term on the North Andover School Committee, will be an “absolutely fabulous representative.”
“She is a doer,” he said of Rhoton, who worked in Baker’s campaign for governor. He also said Rhoton will be “rock solid” on fiscal issues” and will “hold the line on spending.” Rhoton said if she is elected, she will work for “open and transparent government.” Currently, a conference committee of six legislators — three senators and three representatives — puts together the annual state budget, she said. “They go in and close the doors,” she said, noting that the Open Meeting Law that governs local boards, such as schools committees and selectmen, does not apply to the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth.
“That’s not an open process,” Rhoton said. “Is that your Massachusetts?”
“No,” the crowd shouted back.
In the Nov. 6 general election Rhoton will face the winner of the Sept. 6 Democratic primary between Torrisi and his challenger Diana DiZoglio.
Seniors group endorses Tierney for Congress
The Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed Congressman John F. Tierney for re-election in the 6th Congressional
district. The group, based in Washington, rated Tierney with a perfect 100 percent lifetime score for his votes on seniors’ issues.
“I am honored to have the support of the Alliance for Retired Americans. I remain committed to standing up for seniors and making sure they have the secure retirement that they have earned. I will continue to fight against right wing attempts to undermine Medicare and Social Security. I look forward to continuing to work with the Alliance on the issues that matter most to seniors,” Tierney said.
The Tierney campaign said the congressman has a record of fighting to preserve and protect Medicare and Social Security. He has strongly opposed efforts to cut Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher system. Tierney voted to close the Medicare “doughnut hole” and make it easier for seniors to afford prescription drugs, a change that was included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
“John Tierney’s commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare is proven. His pledge and votes to combat cuts to the programs — including privatization; cuts in benefits and raising the eligibility age — confirm his commitment to maintain and improving the quality of life for older Americans. Congressman Tierney is the only candidate in the 6th District that seniors can trust,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
The Alliance for Retired Americans represents over 4 million retirees and community activists, including more than 82,000 in Massachusetts.
Coco receives endorsements
Tim Coco of Haverhill has received four more endorsements in support of his candidacy from groups and individuals representing labor and social justice in his bid for the Democratic nomination for the 1st Essex Senate seat.
Latest support comes from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888, Boston Roofers and Waterproofers Local Union 33, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Massachusetts resident David Velasco Bermudez, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York that launched the modern gay rights movement.
“Tim Coco is being strongly supported by SEIU Local 888 because of his local experience in organizing a union, fighting for working families and a belief that government should address the real concerns of local families,” said Fred Simmons, president of the Haverhill School Custodial chapter. Besides, Haverhill custodians, SEIU 888 represents more than 8,100 members statewide, including Haverhill School Cafeteria workers.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund of Washington, D.C., said Coco’s successful, three-year battle to be reunited with his husband was a factor in granting its endorsement.
“Coco also went through a national LGBT rights battle when, after marrying his spo
use legally in Massachusetts, DOMA’s impact on immigration laws separated them for three years. After being one of the only cases to successfully to bring a spouse back into the country after a DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) battle, Coco took it upon himself to run for state senate.”
Boston Roofers and Waterproofers Local Union 33 of Stoughton has represented workers throughout most of New England, including eastern and central Massachusetts for more than 100 years.
“SEIU Local 888 is proud to endorse Tim Coco as a bold progressive leader who has not only proven himself to be a champion for working families, but a staunch advocate for economic justice,equal rights and a vibrant economy that takes the burden off of low and middle income families,” said SEIU Interim Political Director Daniel Hoffer.
The 1st Essex district serves Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport, parts of North Andover and Salisbury. Coco has two challengers for the Democratic nomination: former Methuen Mayor William Manzi and Newburyport City Councilor Kathleen O’Connor