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Merrimack Valley

May 1, 2013

Veteran Markey faces newcomer Gomez for U.S. Senate seat

Valley vote mirrors statewide tally in low-turnout primary


At least one voter at the First Presbyterian Church, 346 Broadway, Ward 5, Precinct 2, Haverhill, echoed that sentiment.

“I’d like to see some different people in, and this is the first time I’m voting Republican,” said Anna Pasquerella, 62, a retired office worker from Haverhill,

“I think he’s willing to acknowledge that he came to this country, fought for this country and is proud to be an American,” she said.

John Jeffries, 49, a sales manager from Haverhill, said he voted in the primary because he’s not happy with the current representation.

“For me it was a choice between the lesser of two evils,” Jeffries said. “I voted for Lynch instead of Markey because I think Steve (Lynch) is a more conservative in his values, as I am. But in the end I think I’ll vote for Mike Sullivan. I hope he wins the primary, but either way I will vote Republican in the general election.”

Karin Rhoton, a former North Andover School Committee member who ran unsuccessfully for state representative as a Republican last November, said she voted for Sullivan. His vast experience — former state representative, Plymouth district attorney, U.S. attorney and director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) — makes him stand out, she said.

Reporters Bill Kirk, Dustin Luca, Mike LaBella, Keith Eddings, Paul Tennant and the Associated Press contributed to this report.




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