NEWBURYPORT — State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives and state Rep. Lenny Mirra have filed papers for re-election to their respective positions, and it appears that O’Connor Ives, at least, will face competition this fall.
Potential candidates were to have filed signatures with municipal officials — 300 for senate and 150 for representative — by Tuesday to be listed on the state ballot.
The date of the primary election is Sept. 9, and the final state-federal election is Nov. 4.
O’Connor Ives, a Democrat from Newburyport, is poised to have two competitors: Republican Shaun Toohey, of Haverhill and Democrat Jessica Finocchiaro, of Methuen.
Both have filed nomination papers with officials in their communities, according to the city clerk’s offices in Haverhill and Methuen. Local clerks review the validity of signatures, but state officials actually certify candidates. The date for official certification is May 27.
O’Connor Ives said that she filed 590 signatures this week; the maximum amount of signatures the Secretary of State’s office will certify for that office is 600.
She is seeking her second term as senator from the First Essex District, which is composed of Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport, Salisbury and part of North Andover.
In seeking re-election, she said, “I’m focused on making government more transparent, accountable and effective for the people of this district, while ensuring resources are provided for essential services, education, infrastructure and public safety for working families, seniors and small businesses navigating a still recovering economy.”
Neither Finocchiaro, a political newcomer, and Toohey, a Haverhill school board official who ran for this position in the last election, could be reached for comment.
Mirra, a Republican from West Newbury, has filed papers in local town halls, including Newbury Town Hall, according to Newbury town officials.
His second Essex District includes: Boxford (precincts 2 and 3), Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill (ward 4 precinct 3 and ward 7 precinct 3), Merrimac, Newbury, and West Newbury.