STATE REP RACE UPDATE: 2 Previously Unreported Candidates Pulled Papers Friday Afternoon, Total Up To 13 (& Counting)

WILMINGTON, MA — Prospective candidates for the 19th Middlesex District House of Representative seat have been flocking to local Town Clerk’s offices and the Secretary of State’s Office in Boston to pull the necessary nomination papers to reserve their spot in the race.

Wilmington Apple consulted with local and state elections officials yesterday afternoon, confirming that 11 individuals had pulled nomination papers to run for the State Representative seat previously held by the late Jim Miceli.

As first reported by the Lowell Sun, it turns out that TWO additional candidates — both who boast noteworthy political experience — also pulled nomination papers at the Secretary of State’s Office. Because the papers were pulled later in the day on Friday, they were not included in list provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The two previously undisclosed candidates are both Wilmington residents — Catherine Gover (D) and Daniel Murphy (D).

Gover was a 5-term councilor in the city of Everett, representing Ward 5. She served as Council President (2003), and as a member of its Finance, Budget, Rules and Ordinances committees.  Gover moved to Wilmington with her husband, a Somerville firefighter, in 2007. They have two grown children and three grandsons.

Murphy, a college professor, moved to town with his wife and two daughters in 2014. He served as Rep. Miceli’s legislative aid for two years nearly 20 years ago. Murphy is active in Democratic politics, having been a campaign staffer on campaigns for Elizabeth Warren, Mike Capuano, and others. His brother, Patrick, served as the mayor of Lowell.

While Gover intends on submitting her nomination papers to get on the ballot, Murphy has decided NOT to run for the seat upon further reflection.

Here is where the race currently stands:

Potential Candidates From Wilmington:

  • Wilmington Selectman & Jim Miceli’s nephew Mike McCoy (D)
  • Former Wilmington Selectwoman & School Committee member Judy O’Connell (D)
  • Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson (D)
  • Former Everett City Councilor Catherine Gover (D)

Town Moderator Rob Peterson (D) pulled nomination papers, but — after consulting with his wife and family — has decided the time would not be right to run for higher office. He has decided not to return his nomination papers. The same can be said for Daniel Murphy (D), a college professor active in local and state Democratic circles.

Potential Candidates From Tewksbury:

  • Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff Dave Robertson (D)
  • Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman (D)
  • Tewksbury Finance Committee member Erin Buckley (R)
  • Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Patricia Meuse (I)
  • Noah Doucot (I) [NOTE: Doucot pulled his papers back in February]

Tewksbury Board of Health member George Ferdinand (D) pulled nomination papers, but has already announced he will not be returning them.

One Candidate Is Already On The Ballot:

Tewksbury resident Pina Prinzivalli (R) is already assured a spot on the Republican primary ballot. She declared her candidacy back in October, and has already submitted her nomination papers earlier this month.

Candidates have until Tuesday, May 1 at 5pm to return their nomination papers, signed by at least 150 registered voters in their district, to their local Town Clerk’s office.

The State Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The State General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The 19th Middlesex District consists of Wilmington Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6 and Tewksbury Precincts 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 4 and 4A.

Check back with Wilmington Apple for frequent updates as the race begins to take shape.

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3 thoughts

  1. While passing out flyers, I was blessed to hear so many of the heroic Jim Miceli stories. Stories of how he saved a Wilmington widow and her children from homelessness, cared so tremendously for the elderly and helped deliver them from serious situations. Stories of him being on the phone at 3:00 a.m. talking to a constituent in a distant country and talking to their embassy to get help for his constituent’s friend and stories of his compassion and relentless efforts to help his fellow man are so amazing. The Jim Miceli stories have led me to recognize that none of these candidates can even come close to the level of representation, compassion, love, and service that Jim provided.

  2. Kevin Mac,
    There is a kind, respectful candidate who is a policy wonk that I have discussed many bills and issues in the last four years with. He will do awesome in Beacon Hill for us.In both towns he has accompanied Mr Miceli on so many occasions. Everyone knows that no one will replace our great Rep but in Dave Robertson he will carry on the goals and issues that made Jim a beloved fighter for the people!

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