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May 30, 2013

Candidates face July deadline for ballot

15 take papers for council, mayor and School Committee

Five incumbents and five challengers have taken out nomination papers to run for City Council in the fall — and two months remain before the deadline for filing paperwork to get on the ballot.

Prospective challengers for nine, two-year terms on the council include: E. Philip Brown, a Haverhill High School teacher who has edited a local history trivia book and hosted a children’s show on community television; Fred Simmons, a longtime school custodian and head of that union, who has run for council in the past; local attorney Timothy Connors; Ken Quimby, a perennial candidate and former councilor who lost his re-election bid two years ago; and Charles Early.

Former councilor and retired Haverhill police officer David Hall and School Committee veteran Scott Wood are also expected to jump into the council race, though neither has taken out nominations papers yet.

The last day to take out nomination papers is July 26. To get on the ballot, a candidate must return the papers, with signatures from at least 50 registered voters, to the city clerk’s office by July 30.

Incumbent councilors who have taken out papers so far include: Thomas Sullivan, who finished 10th two years ago, but was elected by the council to fill a vacancy when Sven Amirian resigned his seat last year to become head of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce; Michael McGonagle; William Macek; Colin LePage and Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien.

Two potential challengers have also emerged against James Fiorentini, who is expected to seek an unprecedented sixth term as Haverhill’s mayor.

Raul Diaz and Michael Young have taken out nomination papers for mayor. Young, a teacher at Whittier Regional Technical High School, finished fourth in the 2009 City Council election, but he failed to win re-election in 2011. During his two-year stint on the council, Young was a vocal critic of Fiorentini.

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