Toohey said he would focus on easing regulation and rolling back the state sales tax. He said he wants the Legislature to form a commission to review the government to eliminate waste and duplication. He said the debt-riddled MBTA and the state’s welfare system are at the top of his reform agenda.
O’Connor Ives said workforce development and keeping higher education affordable would be keys for her.
Kelcourse said he favors more tax holidays for consumers and new incentives for banks to give loans to small businesses.
In his closing statements, Toohey said electing him would be a step toward bringing balance and two-party rule to the Statehouse. Magliocchetti and Kelcourse said it’s time to elect an Independent who will put the people of the district before a political party.
The candidates are competing for the seat previously held by Steven Baddour, a Methuen Democrat who resigned in March to enter private law practice.
Previous debates were at DiBurro’s function hall in Haverhill, Merimack Valley Golf Club in Methuen and Newburyport High School. The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill hosted a forum for the candidates last week at the Haverhill Public Library.