Fiorentini endorses Koh in crowded 3rd District race  

Courtesy photo / Koh campaignHaverhill Mayor James Fiorentini, left, and 3rd District candidate Dan Koh. Fiorentini has endorsed Koh in the race.

HAVERHILL — Third Congressional District candidate Dan Koh secured another major Merrimack Valley endorsement Tuesday with the announcement that he had earned Mayor James Fiorentini's support.

Fiorentini and Koh will make an official announcement in Haverhill on Wednesday morning. The mayor is the latest of several Merrimack Valley leaders to endorse Koh, including City Council President John Michitson, Methuen Mayor James Jajuga and Methuen City Council Chairwoman Jennifer Kannan.

"I felt that Dan, with his experience with (Boston Mayor) Marty Walsh, was the closest thing to a mayor, and really understands the needs of cities," Fiorentini told The Eagle-Tribune on Tuesday. He added that Koh was "the best of a great lot" of candidates.

Koh, a Democrat and Andover native who moved back to his hometown to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Niki Tsongas, recently served as Walsh's chief of staff.

“I am honored to have the Mayor's support,” Koh wrote in a statement. “He has been an incredible leader for the City of Haverhill, and he represents what it means to be a true public servant. I look forward to working with the Mayor to get things done for middle class families here in Haverhill.”

"This is a huge endorsement for our campaign,” added Koh. “I am so proud of all the support we have received throughout the Merrimack Valley.”

Fiorentini and Koh will formally announce the endorsement at 8 a.m. Wednesday in front of Wicked Big Cafe on Essex Street.