HAVERHILL - It’s official. As if there were any doubt.
Mayor James Fiorentini is running to keep his job. Fiorentini, 66, who last month passed Albert Glynn as the city’s all-time longest serving mayor, took office in 2004.
He will seek a Haverhill record sixth consecutive term in the fall election.
His toughest election challenges came in 2007 against former multi-term mayor James Rurak and then four years ago against City Councilor John Michitson. Last election, Fiorentini’s only opponent was Debra Campanile, a political neophyte who campaigned on weekends and barely spent any money on her campaign.
So far this time, Michael Young, a former city councilor and teacher at Whittier Regional High School, and Raul Diaz, have joined Fiorentini in taking out nomination papers. To get on the ballot, candidates must return the papers, with signatures from at least 50 registered voters, to the city clerk’s office by July 30. The last day to take out nomination papers is July 26.
“I do not intend to rest on my accomplishments,” Fiorentini, a lawyer and former city councilor who grew up in Haverhill, said in release about his announcement. “I intend to run a full campaign and to be in every neighborhood as I have been every term. I am honored to have had the confidence of the electorate in the past, but confidence is something that can never be taken for granted and must always be earned. I intend to work hard this summer and fall and hope to keep the confidence of voters for a new term.”
The preliminary election, if one is needed, is Sept. 17. The finals are Nov. 5. Preliminary elections are held if there are more than double the number of candidates for available seats or positions. For instance, a mayoral preliminary will be held if there are three or more people vying for the job.