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    Open seats


    Races in Thursday’s primary for legislative offices that are not held by an incumbent running for reelection:


    First Essex (Democrat Steven A. Baddour resigned in April)


    Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Methuen. Newburyport, North Andover (precincts 1-4), Salisbury

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    Democrats: William M. Manzi III, Methuen; Kathleen A. O’Connor Ives, Newburyport; Tim Coco, Haverhill

    Republicans: Sam S. Meas, Haverhill; Shaun P. Toohey, Haverhill

    Second Essex (Incumbent Democrat Frederick E. Berry retiring)

    Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, Topsfield

    Democrats: Edward J. Carroll, Salem; Joan B. Lovely, Salem; Mary-Ellen Manning, Peabody; John P. Slattery, Peabody

    Third Middlesex (Incumbent Democrat Susan C. Fargo retiring)


    Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington (precincts 3, 8, 9), Lincoln,

    Sudbury (precincts 1, 4, 5), Waltham, Weston

    Democrats: Michael J. Barrett, Lexington; Alexander E. Buck, Chelmsford; Mara Marie Dolan, Concord; Joe Kearns Goodwin, Concord; Joseph W. Mullin, Weston

    Republicans: Sandi Martinez, Chelmsford; Gregory P. Howes, Concord


    Second Essex (Incumbent Democrat Harriett L. Stanley retiring)


    Boxford (precincts 2,3), Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill (Ward 4, Precinct 3; Ward 7, Precinct 3), Merrimac, Newbury, Rowley, West Newbury

    Republicans: Robert H. Cronin, Boxford; Gary C. Fowler, Georgetown; Leonard Mirra, West Newbury

    21st Middlesex (Incumbent Democrat Charles A. Murphy is on the ballot, but is not running for reelection)

    Bedford, Burlington, Wilmington (Precinct 3)

    Democrats: David Fionda, Burlington (write-in); Kenneth Gordon, Bedford (write-in); Virginia E. Mooney, Burlington (write-in)