By Jo C. Goode
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted May 2, 2018 at 7:42 PMUpdated May 4, 2018 at 12:05 AM
Silvia, Howitt also facing challengers
FALL RIVER — With the May 1 deadline for party and non-party candidates running for district or county offices to submit their nomination papers to local boards of elections for certification, the Secretary of the Commonwealth provided its most up-to-date list of candidates on Wednesday with some already qualified to be placed on the state primary ballot.
• Democrat Sen. Michael Rodrigues, representing the First Bristol and Plymouth district, is on the ballot for the Sept. 4 primary and appears to have no challengers.
• 8th Bristol District Rep. Paul A. Schmid III, a Democrat, is not yet certified but appears the only candidate running for that seat.
• State Rep. Alan Silvia, a Democrat representing the 7th Bristol District, has a challenger in Ian Tompkins, a former City Council candidate who is running as a member of the Green-Rainbow party.
Silvia is also on the ballot for September. Tompkins will be on the Nov. 6 state election ballot.
• Democratic incumbent Carole A. Fiola, representing the 6th Bristol District, has a challenger in November in Republican Dr. David Steinhof, a local dentist.
This will be the third political stand-off for the two candidates for the House seat. In 2013 in a special election to replace former state Rep. David Sullivan, Fiola beat out Steinhoff by 344 votes after beating out three candidates in the Democratic primary. Fiola defeated Steinhoff again in 2014.
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The Democrat incumbent is on the state primary ballot.
• Democrat Rep. Patricia A. Haddad, representing the 5th Bristol District, also appears to be running unopposed.
• In the 4th Bristol District, Republican Rep. Steven S. Howittt, who is also on September’s ballot, looks like he’ll have a challenger in November with Paul W. Jacques running on the Democrat ticket.
Also on the secretary of state’s list, out of the Bristol County Commissioners’ Office, Democrat Marc J. Santos, Clerk of Courts, may have a challenger in John G. DeJesus, who is Unenrolled.
Incumbent Democrat Joseph C. Ferreira, who is also on the September ballot, likely has a challenge from Republican Thomas F. Keyes for his seat on the Governor’s Council.
Candidates running for federal and statewide offices have until May 8 to hand in their nomination papers for certification, while non-party candidates for federal and statewide offices have until July 31.
Local Boards of Elections have until May 22 to certify district and county office candidates signatures and May 29 for the federal and state offices.
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