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Election 2018: We have a race! Check out this year’s candidates for Southern Essex District Register of Deeds

8.6.18

Election 2018

For the first time in over 20 years, voters will have a choice in the race for Register of Deeds in the Southern Essex District based in Salem. What exactly does the Register of Deeds do? This elected office is responsible for recording real estate transactions for 30 cities and towns – including all 23 municipalities under NSAR’s jurisdiction - with 33 full-time and two part-time employees and a $2.8 million budget.

Current Registrar John O’Brien has held office since 1976 and has not had an opponent since 1994. This year however, he’s being challenged by Alice Merkl of Salem in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 4th. The winner of that primary will go on to face Republican candidate Jonathan Ring of Rockport and Independent candidate David Colpitts of Salem in the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th. Check out the candidate profiles and websites below!

Colpitts
David Colpitts

Party: Independent (Unenrolled)
Hometown: Salem, MA
Quick Bio: Genealogist - Researcher & Analyst
Website

Merkl
Alice Merkl

Party: Democrat
Hometown: Salem, MA
Quick Bio: Music Teacher, Activist
Website

O'Brien
John O’Brien

Party: Democrat
Hometown: Lynn, MA
Quick Bio: Registrar of Deeds (1976 – Present), Southern Essex District
Website: Unavailable

Ring

Jonathan Ring
Party: Republican
Hometown: Rockport, MA
Quick Bio: Sales Associate, Member of Rockport Housing Authority
Website

***ELECTION 2018: IMPORTANT ELECTION***

PRIMARY VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PRIMARY ELECTION: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

GENERAL ELECTION VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

GENERAL ELECTION: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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