Rep. McGonagle, Councilor McLaughlin Qualify for September Primary Ballot

Two elected officials will be going head-to-head in September to decide who will be the next state representative for Everett, with the Secretary of State confirming that both State Rep. Joe McGonagle and City Councilor Michael McLaughlin have qualified to be on the Primary Election ballot.

The deadline to submit papers locally to the Election Department was Tuesday, and by press time, only McGonagle and McLaughlin had filed signatures – with both also turning them in at the State House as well. Both are Democrats and will be on the Democratic Primary ballot on the day after Labor Day this September.

With no Republican submitting papers, the decision will be made in the Primary this September, and not in the final election in November. Despite it being right after Labor Day, a heavy turnout is expected for the Primary because of the U.S. Senate race between Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

Both had announced their intentions to run for the seat earlier this year.

In the State Senate race, Sen. Sal DiDomenico and former Chelsea Councilor Joe Perlatonda had been the only ones by press time to pull Nomination Papers for the seat. Perlatonda, though, indicated months ago he did not intend to follow through on running for the seat.

That leaves Sen. DiDomenico at the moment as the lone candidate for the seat.

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