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Merrimack Valley

June 5, 2014

Duff faces familiar challenger in Gov. Council race

All eight members of the Governor’s Council have qualified for the fall election ballot, including Gloucester resident Eileen Duff, who faces a re-election challenge from the same Republican opponent she defeated in her first run for the seat in 2012.

While Duff has no opponent in the September Democratic primary, she will be facing a challenge from Haverhill School Committee member Maura Ryan-Ciardiello, who lost to Duff two years ago in their race to succeed longtime Governor’s Council member and North Shore attorney Mary Ellen Manning in the state’s 6th District seat.

Among other governor’s council race, two of the incumbents — Oxford Republican Jennie Caissie and Longmeadow Democrat Michael Albano — are unopposed, according to the State House News Service.

By contrast, Councilor Oliver Cipollini Jr., a Barnstable Democrat, is up against three Democrats; Joseph Ferreira of Somerset, Alexander Kalife of New Bedford and Walter Moniz of New Bedford. Bart Andrew Timilty of Boston will challenge Councilor Robert Jubinville of Milton in the Second District Democratic primary. And Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney of Watertown faces Democrat Charles Shapiro of Newton, a former alderman, and Thomas Sheff, an unenrolled candidate from Newton.

Veteran Councilor Christopher Iannella Jr. of Boston has two unenrolled opponents, Jason Crosby of Abington and Joe Ureneck of Boston, while Councilor Terrence Kennedy of Lynnfield will face Republican Vincent Lawrence Dixon of Winchester.

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