EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 21, 2012

Kelcourse hosts open house at Newburyport restaurant Haverhill home

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — James Kelcourse, Independent candidate for the First Essex Senate District, is hosting an open house Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 17 State Street Café in the Fowle’s Building in Newburyport. All are welcome to attend, enjoy complimentary appetizers and ask Jim questions about candidacy.

On Thursday, Mr. & Mrs. Greg Madden will host an open house for Kelcourse at their 14 New Hampshire Avenue home in Haverhill. Voters in the surrounding area are invited to stop by and learn more about Jim’s candidacy.

O’Connor Ives invites residents to discuss issues over dinner

Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the First Essex District, is hosting two “Meet the Candidate” pasta dinners this week. The first is Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe Street in Methuen. The second is Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St. in Haverhill. Both are free and open to the public.

Wilson promises outside review of registry

Jack Wilson, the Republican candidate for North Essex Register of Deeds, announced that if elected he plans to establish a blue ribbon panel of outside experts to conduct a thorough review of the registry.

“On day one I will be putting in a team of experts on a volunteer basis to conduct a thorough review of every aspect of the Registry of Deeds.

Their charge will be to make specific recommendations to improve services, eliminate waste and save taxpayers money,” said Wilson of Andover.

Wilson said everything will be on the table and he’ll have no regard for political alliances.

The panel will include experts in real estate law and land conveyancing, information management technology, lands records management, mortgage lending, real estate development and land surveying.

Wilson said his idea for the blue ribbon panel came from his first-hand knowledge and work in real estate law and discussions with information technology experts and regular registry users.

Ciardiello says governor’s council needs balance

Maura Ciardiello, Republican candidate for Governor’s Council, announces support and endorsements from Republicans and Democrats.

The Governor’s Council has been dominated by one party for two decades, she said. “The one party rule does not work because the Judicial appointments become political appointments,” she said. “The people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deserve better. We need to stop political ‘rubber stamp’ appointments and only bring the best and most qualified judicial candidates to serve as our Judges.” With currently only two Republicans on the Governor’s Council, Ciardiello said she wants her election to bring balance and a bipartisan approach to the council.

As a mother of three small children and spouse of a Massachusetts State Trooper, Ciardiello will make public safety a top priority.

Ciardiello also announced the endorsement from NAGE, IBPO (International Brotherhood of Police Officers) and SEIU Local 5000, which represents over 22,000 public employees.

She will continue her “Coffee with Maura” events around the 5th district. Many voters have been showing up to meet her and to learn more about the Governor’s Council. For more information or to contact Ciardiello visit www.mauraciardiello.com.

MTA endorses Tierney

The 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association formally endorsed Congressmen John Tierney at a roundtable forum with MTA educators held last week in Lynnfield.

The event provided educators with an opportunity to highlight the important work Congressman Tierney has done on behalf of students and educators – from preschool to public higher education – during his eight terms in office. Tierney is in a tough fight against Republican Richard Tisei who has close ties to the radical, Republican Tea Party.

“Congressman Tierney is a true ally and a strong advocate for students and educators,” MTA President Toner said. “He has stood up time after time for our students, educators as well as our public schools, colleges and universities. Throughout his career on Capitol Hill, he has worked tirelessly to open doors for children, and families, and the most vulnerable among us.”

“I am proud to have the support of our teachers in this campaign, because they play a critical role in making sure our children are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century,” Tierney said. “The key to a vibrant economy is a strong education system – I look forward to continuing to work with our teachers and parents to ensure that our students are getting the best possible classroom experience.”