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Spiliotis Formally Endorses Slattery for State Senate

Peabody's Joyce Spiliotis formally announces her support of John Slattery, whom she actually succeeded in the Mass. House of Representatives.

The irony of the situation is likely not lost on John Slattery, in fact, it's a bit like a role reversal.

Yesterday, he announced that his successor as Peabody's state representative formally endorsed him in his run for the state Senate.

Peabody native Joyce Spiliotis, who has held the 12th Essex District seat in the House since 2003, said Slattery is the only candidate in the race that has the "experience needed to fill the loss created by the retirement of Sen. Fred Berry." She said that's precisesly because of Slattery's prior four terms on Beacon Hill.

Spiliotis ascended to the House via the Peabody City Council when Slattery left his seat to run for Lieutenant Governor on the Democratic ticket in 2002. Slattery also served on the council for a term before heading to Beacon Hill.

Spiliotis said Slattery's grasp of the issues facing Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield is "far ahead" of his fellow Democratic opponents -- Mary-Ellen Manning, Joan Lovely and Edward Carroll -- in this Senate race as evidenced by their .

"This endorsement...is an easy one for me because he has a very strong record of support for working families, for senior citizens, for education, for the disadvantaged and for the protection of the environment. His concern for women's issues, especially equality in the workforce and the issue of equal pay for equal work, is impressive," she said.

The statement is in marked contrast to , a veteran Salem city councilor.

“I have been reflecting on this election for many weeks. I am concerned that Joan Lovely’s two opponents would have difficulty being effective for all people in this district," Berry said.

"One candidate appears to have sold his soul to the unions," Berry said, referring to . "In these tough times, with the tough problems we face, it is important for a Senator to consider many opinions. It is important to have unions’ opinions at the table, but it should not be just union opinions being heard."

In response to Spiliotis' official endorsement -- she has publicly supported him since the beginning of his campaign -- Slattery said he was "honored."

He called Spiliotis a "compassionate and effective advocate" on Beacon Hill for Peabody and its residents. "She is a tireless worker for the people of the 12th Essex District and her advocacy on my behalf is greatly appreciated," he said.

As far as individual endorsements go, former state Rep. Michael Cahill of Beverly is also backing Slattery, while in Lovely's corner are Berry, , Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and state Rep. John Keenan. Manning was recently endorsed by .

The rest of the district's state delegation -- Reps. Jerry Parisella of Beverly and Ted Speliotis of Danvers -- along with Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon and Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt have not openly pledged support to any of the candidates.

The state primary is Sept. 6. The winner in the Senate race will go on to face Richard Jolitz of Beverly in November.

Jason Burnett September 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Mr. Slattery is the only candidate in the race who has been able to speak with detailed knowledge on issues as wide ranging as the MBTA budget crises, the cost of higher education in Massachusetts, and the impact of Keenan amendment that would have forced local ratepayers to purchase energy from the Footprint facility in Salem even if Footprints rates are above market price. While this effort at corporate socialism was rejected it was a topic of discussion long enough to highlight a clear policy difference as Mr. Slattery’s opponent, Joan Lovely, unfortunately pledged to support locking in ratepayers to bear the burden of protecting Footprint from market forces. As a former state Representative Mr. Slattery is the only candidate in the race with legislative experience, he will be able to hit the ground running on day one. During his time as a state Representative Mr. Slattery was able to build coalitions and relationships that led to Mr. Slattery taking the lead in getting the 1998 assault weapons bill passed. He has pledged to be a voice for students and their parents who are struggling to pay for higher education. Mr. Slattery will also ensure that the MBTA will not balance their budget on the backs of those that can afford it the least – working families and senior citizens. None of the other candidates in the race have displayed the commitment to the citizens of Peabody that Mr. Slattery has and I urge all of you vote for John Slattery on Thursday September 6th.

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