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Merrimack Valley

April 30, 2014

Democratic primary for Second Essex/Middlesex state Senate race

It looks like there will be a Democratic primary in the Second Essex and Middlesex state Senate race.

Andover School Committee member Barbara L’Italien of 5 Harper Circle has turned in the 300 signatures necessary to get on the ballot.

She is expected to face off against two Lawrence residents — Pavel Payano of 596 Haverhill St., a member of the Lawrence School Committee, and Doris Rodriguez of 121 Stearns Ave. — provided they both got the required number of signatures filed and certified by yesterday’s deadline.

On the Republican side, Andover Board of Selectmen Chairman Alex Vispoli of 7 Alison Way will have clear sailing to the final election.

The Second Essex and Middlesex Senatorial District is comprised of Tewksbury, Dracut, Lawrence and Andover. Candidates were required to turn in the signatures of 300 registered voters from the district to the town clerks in all four towns by Tuesday afternoon.

The candidates are running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, who is campaigning for state treasurer.

The primary is Tuesday, Sept. 9, and the final election will be Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Two local state representative candidates in the area are currently unopposed. In the 17th Essex Representative District, the candidate will be incumbent Frank Moran, D-Lawrence.

In the 18th Essex Representative District, the candidate will be James Lyons Jr., R-Andover.

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