Peabody Native Duff Among Field for Governor's Council Race

Eileen Duff, a Peabody native, is among eight candidates running for Governor's Council this fall.

has opened up her seat on the Governor’s Council this fall and thus far seven candidates have emerged.

Peabody native Eileen Duff (now a Gloucester resident), Salem residents David Eppley and George O’Brine and Donald Bumiller of Boxford are the Democrats to enter the race for the Fifth District, which spans across 38 communities North of Boston. Republican candidates are Maura Ciardiello of Haverhill, Richard Miller and Ryan Madden (addresses for the latter two could not be confirmed).

Duff will kick off her campaign this Saturday at the .

A 1977 Peabody High grad, Duff now works as a chaplain for Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, but her family has a long history in politics. Duff’s campaign literature says her father, Paul Duff, was active in local and state party politics while her mother, Mary Galluzzi Duff, worked at the Statehouse under Gov. Christian Herter in the 1950s and at the U.S. Capitol for the Eisenhower Administration.

She said her mother was also one of the parents that initially formed Peabody Parents of Children with Special Needs 30 years ago.

As a student, Duff interned for the late U.S. Congressman and former Peabody Mayor Nicholas Mavroules, and has also worked for the Federal Communications Commission and Keller Williams Realty. You can find her campaign website at www.voteduff.com.

Eppley, O’Brien and Bumiller are all attorneys.

Bumiller kicked off his campaign in March at the Polish Club in Danvers and can be found online at www.voteforbumiller.com. Eppley’s website is www.davideppley.org. O’Brine is on Facebook personally, but does not list a campaign page or website, while on the other side of the aisle, Ciardiello can be found on her Facebook page and neither Miller or Madden appear to have an online presence yet.

Manning has served on the eight-member council, which oversees judicial appointments in Massachusetts, since 2001.

The Fifth District

  • Amesbury
  • Andover
  • Beverly
  • Boxford
  • Danvers
  • Dracut
  • Dunstable
  • Essex
  • Georgetown
  • Gloucester
  • Groton
  • Groveland
  • Hamilton
  • Haverhill
  • Ipswich
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Manchester-by-the-Sea
  • Merrimac
  • Methuen
  • Middleton
  • Newbury
  • Newburyport
  • North Andover
  • North Reading
  • Peabody
  • Pepperell
  • Rockport
  • Rowley
  • Salem
  • Salisbury
  • Tewksbury
  • Topsfield
  • Tyngsboro
  • Wenham
  • West Newbury
  • Westford
  • Wilmington
MShribman May 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Good luck! Mary Ellen Manning is a tough act to follow. She brought integrity and common sense to position. I hope Duff can do the same if she is successful.
Rick Santos May 01, 2012 at 03:59 PM
It will be hard to fill manning's shoes.
Anne Manning-Martin May 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
If you would like to learn more about MEM, please check out her fb page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/manningforsenate or her website at www.maryellenforsenate.com
Janet Marino-Johnson May 06, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Please vote for ANYBODY but Duff. She is a straw for the Gay and Lesbian PACS that already have too much power in this state! They OWN Deval Patrick! If Duff has her way--we'd have more judges like the corrupt radical Barbara Lenk. Anybody but Duff--I'm thinking about backing George O'Brine, a good solid reasonable guy. We don't need any more left wing extremists in office in Mass! There is no mystery why people are voting with their feet--government spends too much money and is completely out of control in this state!


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