Field Set for Voters in Nov.

September 6, 2018 GMT

LOWELL -- With the crowded primaries over for local races, candidates will now begin mobilizing for the Nov. 6 general election.

There are a number of contested state Legislature races across the region, either with longtime incumbents facing challengers or wide open seats vacated by incumbents.

The following are official candidates for races around the area, listed with their hometowns and political party. Incumbents are listed with an asterisk.


18th Essex

- James Lyons*, Andover, Republican

- Tram Nguyen, Andover, Democrat

Lyons, one of the most conservative members of the House, seeks re-election to a fifth term in office. He’s challenged by Nguyen, a legal aid attorney whose family came to the U.S. as political refugees from Vietnam when she was a child. This is her first run for a political office.


2nd Middlesex

- James Arciero*, Westford, Democrat

- Kathy Lynch, Westford, Republican

Arciero, who has held the seat since 2010, seeks re-election to a sixth term. He’ll go up against Lynch, who served as chair of the Westford Republican Town Committee. Both ran unopposed in the primary.

14th Middlesex

- Tami Gouveia, Acton, Democrat

- Danny Factor, Acton, Green-Rainbow

With the impending retirement of longtime state Rep. Cory Atkins, the seat in this largely liberal district was left wide open for political newcomers to make their mark. Gouveia beat two other Democratic contenders, Concord’s Christian Krueger and Acton’s Benjamin Bloomenthal, in Tuesday’s primary. She’ll go up against Factor, who is in his second run for the seat.

19th Middlesex

- David Robertson, Tewksbury, Democrat

- Pina Prinzivalli, Tewksbury, Republican

- Patricia Meuse, Tewksbury, unenrolled

One of the two three-candidate state-level races in the region, this seat was left open by the April death of longtime state Rep. James Miceli, who represented the district for more than 40 years. Robertson, a former Miceli aide, topped four other Democrats vying for the seat: Wilmington’s Judy O’Connell (who was only 101 votes behind), Mike McCoy and Erika Johnson and Tewksbury’s Mark Kratman. Prinzivalli also came out on top of her primary, handily beating challenger Erin Buckley, also of Tewksbury, with 72 percent of the vote. Meuse, an independent, is an attorney and serves on the Shawsheen Valey Technical High School Committee.

22nd Middlesex


- Marc Lombardo*, Billerica, Republican

- Christopher Tribou, Billerica, Democrat

- Matthew Murphy Mixon, Billerica, Second American Revolution

Lombardo seeks re-election to a fifth term. He faces challenges from Tribou, a Planning Board member and Precinct 1 Town Meeting representative, and third-party candidate Mixon. Billerica Selectman George Simolaris attempted a write-in campaign against Tribou, but did not garner enough votes.

36th Middlesex

- Colleen Garry*, Dracut, Democrat

- Raymond Leczynski, Dracut, Republican

Garry, who has held the seat since 1995, seeks re-election to a 13th term. She handily defeated Democratic primary challenger Sabrina Heisey, of Dracut, on Tuesday with 73 percent of the vote. Garry will go up against Leczynski, a first-time candidate who serves on the Dracut Finance Committee.


2nd Essex and Middlesex

- Barry Finegold, Andover, Democrat

- Joe Espinola, Dracut, Republican

Currently held by state Sen. Barbara L’Italien, the seat was left wide open with L’Italien’s unsuccessful run for the 3rd Congressional District seat about to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas. Finegold, a former state rep of 11 years, hopes to regain the Senate seat he held from 2011 to 2015. He beat Dracut’s Mike Armano, a Lawrence fire lieutenant, in Tuesday’s primary. Finegold will go up against Espinola, a retired Lowell police officer and member of the Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee.

1st Middlesex

- Edward Kennedy, Lowell, Democrat

- John MacDonald, Lowell, Republican

Kennedy, a Lowell city councilor and former mayor, beat a field of four other Democrats in Tuesday’s crowded primary, including fellow Councilor Rodney Elliott, former Councilor Bill Martin and John Drinkwater, all of Lowell, and Terry Ryan, of Westford. Kennedy will go up against MacDonald, who previously served on the Lowell Veterans Commission. The seat was left open when Eileen Donoghue resigned to become Lowell’s city manager in April.

Middlesex and Worcester

- Jamie Eldridge*, Acton, Democrat

- Margaret Busse, Acton, Republican

- Terra Friedrichs, Acton, Cooperative Green Economy

Eldridge, who has held the seat since 2009, seeks reelection to a sixth term. He’ll go up against Busse, a Harvard Business School administrator, and Friedrichs, a former Acton selectman who ran against him as an independent in 2016. All three candidates did not face primary challenges.

Worcester and Middlesex

- Dean Tran*, Fitchburg, Republican

- Sue Chalifoux-Zephir, Leominster, Democrat

Tran and Chalifoux-Zephir are up for a rematch. Tran, a former Fitchburg city councilor, defeated Chalifoux-Zephir, a Leominster city councilor, in the 2017 special election for the seat.


- Richard Howe Jr., Lowell, Democrat

- Karen Cassella, Lowell, unenrolled.

Howe, who has held the seat since 1994, seeks reelection to a fifth six-year term. This is the first time Howe will face an opponent since he beat a field of Democratic primary candidates 24 years ago. He’s challenged by Cassella, a junior document reception clerk who has worked at the registry for 26 years.

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