Chris Doherty (D-Lowell) had a diverse crowd of supporters last night as he held a fundraiser at the Bamboo restaurant in Westford. Doherty is running for the State Senate seat in the first Middlesex District, which covers Lowell, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Westford. As he races to get the nomination, he faces tough opposition from well-known candidate Eileen Donoghue, who is also a Democrat from Lowell.
Doherty’s supporters include individuals from a broad age range. Nate Hurst, a recent high school grad from Westford, calls Doherty a, “very personable candidate that is easy to connect with.” Hurst repeatedly drew attention to how moved he is by Doherty’s “attention to the people he talks with and his focus on their concerns.”
Donoghue, former mayor of Lowell, has been a part of the local community for years. Before she became mayor, Donoghue was an attorney for Gallagher & Cavanaugh and served on the Lowell City Council. She was also a co-founder of the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council (MVEDC), which was created in 1999. Supporters call Donoghue a passionate and energetic force for the district.
The candidates have different ideas for their economic policies. From his speech last night, Doherty seems to be contemplating ways to increase state revenue. This was demonstrated by his focus on closing loopholes and ending abuses “…within our state pension system in order to regain lost economic resources.” On the other hand, Donoghue would like to invest in the Commonwealth’s infrastructure so as to create “…local jobs,” which would increase “the economic value” of the district.
More of the nuances of their platforms will be brought to the forefront of the race when they go head to head in the upcoming debates. Doherty and Donoghue have agreed to six debates, one in each town, before the primary elections.
Geoff Hall, former member of the House of Representatives, seems to share Hurst’s sentiments. “Chris was the go-to-guy that my office relied on when I was in office. Any time that I had question, he would always get back to me,” recalls Hurst. “I know that he is the best candidate for office.”