---- — Baddour endorses O'Connor Ives for Senate
Former state Sen. Steven Baddour last week endorsed Kathleen O'Connor Ives for the 1st Essex state Senate seat he stepped down from in March, O'Connor Ives' campaign announced.
“We need Katy Ives in the state Senate,” Baddour said. “She'll fight for working families in every city and town in the district.”
“Steve Baddour was a strong voice for our district in the state Senate for 10 years and I'm honored to have his support in this race,” O'Connor Ives said.
She also announced endorsements from several Amesbury officials. Mayor Thatcher Kezer, Municipal Council President Anne Ferguson and Municipal Councilor Christian Scorzoni have all endorsed O'Connor Ives in her bid.
“Knowing her past experience working at a regional planning agency and on the City Council, I'm confident she will be a great asset to help local government,'' Kezer said.
O'Connor Ives is a three-term city councilor at-large in Newburyport, and has worked with councilors in Amesbury in the past.
“Katy is a dynamic person that has shown great leadership in Newburyport,” Scorzoni said. “As a councilor she's energetic, independent and she'll bring new ideas to the state Senate. I am happy to endorse her candidacy.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Ferguson, who stressed O'Connor Ives' problem-solving abilities.
“I'm happy to support Kathleen because she's a strong candidate who will represent the whole district,” Ferguson said. “We need someone with her perspective and approach to problem solving in the state Senate.”
O'Connor Ives plans dinner
Kathleen O'Connor Ives will host a Meet the Candidate Pasta Dinner tomorrow from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maria's Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill.
The event is free and open to the public. It will feature a family-style pasta dinner, and a chance to meet the candidate for the 1st Essex state Senate seat and discuss issues facing the Merrimack Valley.
O'Connor Ives, 35, is the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat.
Wilson endorsed for register of deeds
The Methuen Republican Town Committee has endorsed John "Jack'' Wilson for Register of Deeds for the North Essex District.
"We are pleased to support Jack and dedicated to helping him succeed on Nov. 6,'' said committee Chair Sean Downing. "Jack's background, qualifications, and his commitment to taking on tough challenges set him apart in this race. Furthermore, his commitment to fighting mismanagement is a breath of fresh air. He knows exactly what needs to be done to restore the integrity of the Registry of Deeds."
"I am honored and very grateful to receive the endorsement of the Methuen Republican Town Committee," Wilson said. "I take the committee's endorsement as not only a vote of confidence in my ability to do the job of Register well, but also as a stamp of approval of our door-to-door grassroots campaign."
In addition to Methuen, the North Essex Registry of Deeds district includes Andover, Lawrence and North Andover.
DiZoglio vows to be 'open book"
Diana DiZoglio, the Democratic candidate for the 14th Essex state representative's seat, staked out a position she said appears to be at odds with the institution she hopes to participate in — complete transparency — and criticized the state Legislature for closed meetings.
“Enough of the closed-door meetings and back-room decision making,” DiZoglio said. “If our elected officials are to win back the confidence of the voters they represent, then they will have to do a much better job of shedding light on what they do and how they do it.”
In this past legislative session, the house did establish a website where the state budget is available to be reviewed. State contracts with vendors' names and contract dollar amounts are also available.
"This is certainly a good beginning,'' DiZoglio said of putting the budget on the Internet. “That said, we have so much more to do to win back the hearts and minds and most importantly, the confidence of those who elect us.”
DiZoglio is running against North Andover Republican Karin Rhoton, a former School Commitee member, for the seat. She defeated state Rep. David Torrisi, D-North Andover, in the primary in September. The general election is Nov. 6.
Corrigan plans 'Meet and Greet'
Brian Corrigan, independent candidate for Northern Essex Register of Deeds, is hosting a “Meet and Greet” on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Culpeppers Pub and Grill, 815 Turnpike St., North Andover.
Complimentary appetizers will be served. More information is available by calling (978) 794-1100.
Ciardiello continues 'Coffee with Maura'
Maura Ciardiello, candidate for Governor's Council, will continue her "Coffee with Maura" events around the 5th District, which consists of 38 communities, including Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, Merrimac, Groveland and Boxford.
To contact Ciardiello or for more information about the Governor's Council, please visit www.mauraciardiello.com.