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October 7, 2012

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O’Connor Ives plans Methuen fundraiser

Kathleen O’Connor Ives, the Newburyport city councilor running for state Senate, will hold a fundraiser Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sweetheart Inn, 80 Myrtle St., Methuen.

The event will feature food and an opportunity to meet the candidate. Suggested donations are $30, $50 and $100.

O’Connor Ives is fresh off a debate with the other three Senate candidates in Newburyport, where she said she wanted to present herself as a successor to the critical work done by the 1st Essex District’s previous Democratic state senators.

“We have had a strong leader in the Senate for 10 years with Steve Baddour, as well as the strength of those senators before him,” she said. “I’m the only person on this stage in a position to continue that position of effective leadership.”

O’Connor Ives pointed out that as a Democrat in a legislative body with a Democratic majority, she would be the only candidate in a position to chair a committee.

“State resources are scarce and we need someone who can effectively advocate for our needs,” she said.

She also emphasized her track record of working together with colleagues of all backgrounds to get things done.

“I’m proud to say that all 10 of my colleagues on the City Council have endorsed me in this race,” she said. “I’m honored because it means a lot to earn the confidence of people who get to know you over years of working together.”

O’Connor Ives, 35, is serving her third term as councilor at-large in Newburyport. She is the Democratic candidate for the 1st Essex District state Senate Seat, which was vacated by Baddour in March. Republican Shaun Toohey, a Haverhill School Committee member, and Independents Paul Magliocchetti, also a Haverhill School Committee member, and James Kelcourse, an Amesbury city councilor, also are vying for the seat.

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