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Republican Peabody City Councilor Running For Massachusetts Governor’s Council

April 11, 2024

Peabody at-large city councilor Anne Manning-Martin announced a run for the Massachusetts Governor’s Council seat this week, according to a press release from her campaign.

Manning-Martin, a Republican is running to replace Eileen Duff (D-Gloucester), who isn’t seeking re-election, to represent the Fifth District.

Manning-Martin has been a city councilor since 2008. Before that, she was a member of the city’s school committee from 2000 to 2007.

Currently, every member of the Governor’s Council is a Democrat. Manning-Martin said she wants to provide the board with more political balance.

“Lady Justice is not blind when a single party controls both the selection of judges and their nomination by the Corner Office,” Manning-Martin said in a press release. “Judicial offices should not be subject to lifetime patronage appointments for those with friends in high places. Citizens of the 5th District deserve a Councilor who will fight for their fair day in court in front of judges who were vetted on their ability to conduct unbiased arbitration. For 25 years, I have put the City of Peabody first. My career, both in elected office and more than three decades in the criminal justice system, uniquely qualifies me to evaluate the far-reaching effects the Commonwealth’s judges have on our residents.”

“If elected, I promise to represent our 36 communities with fairness, integrity, and a truly unbiased rule of law. Massachusetts should have faith in a system that is supposed to treat everyone equally, no matter who you are or who you know,” she added.

Methuen city councilor Eunice Zeigler is running to replace Duff on the Democratic side.

Here is a description of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council, from Manning-Martin’s release:


The Massachusetts Governor’s Council, also known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts, and the Lieutenant Governor who serves as ex officio. The eight councilors are elected from their respective districts every two years. The Council meets weekly to record advice and consent on warrants for the state treasury, pardons and commutations, and recording advice and consent to gubernatorial appointments such as judges, clerk-magistrates, public administrators, members of the Parole Board, Appellate Tax Board, Industrial Accident Board and Industrial Accident Reviewing Board, notaries, and justices of the peace.


The Fifth Councilor District includes the following communities:  Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Dracut, Dunstable, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lowell, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Pepperell, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, Wenham, West Newbury, and Wilmington.

More information on Manning-Martin’s campaign is available at


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