In the race for the 1st Middlesex district, Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) is a familiar face with supporters from all walks of life as demonstrated two nights ago. Donoghue made an appearance at the home of Carolyn and Bob Gregoire, who hosted a party to recognize her bid for state senate. She is competing against new-comer Chris Doherty (D-Lowell) to get their party’s nomination.
“I support Eileen because not only does she stand up for what she believes in, but because she is very easy to connect with,” remarked Dorine Dupont. “I’ve known Eileen for many years and I know that she’ll do good things for the state.”
A former prosecutor, Doherty voluntarily left his job in order to work full-time on his campaign. Doherty collaborated with District Attorney Leone to advocate for legislation to strengthen the voices of concerned citizens with regard to protecting children from sexual predators. Before that, Doherty worked with former Congressman Marty Meehan. Doherty’s supporters call him a reliable candidate that focused on helping voters.
There are subtle nuances between the candidates’ health care policies. Voters could probably expect Donoghue to support legislation designed to put a cap on health insurance costs. This might mean reducing paperwork in order to decrease administrative overhead, which is one aspect of rising insurance costs. Alternatively, Doherty seems likely to support a small business consortium so that competition can drive down prices.
So far, the candidates have scheduled three debates. According to the campaigns, the first debate is scheduled for Monday, August 16th, which will be broadcast live on radio station 980 AM from 7 pm to 9 pm. A second debate will be held on Tuesday, August 31st, which is sponsored by the Democratic town committees of Groton, Dunstable and Pepperell. The Lowell Sun and the Westford League of Women Voters have agreed to hold one in Westford on Thursday, September 9th.
Former mayor Bill Martin apparently concurs with Dupont’s point of view. “When I worked with Eileen, she proved to be capable and effective in office,” stated Martin. “She’s been good to the City of Lowell so I know she’ll be good for the state.”