State Sen. Eileen Donoghue is considered a leading candidate to be the next City Manager of Lowell. Union lobbyist John Drinkwater is already circulating papers. Current City Councilor Rodney Elliot and former City Councilor Bill Martin are considering runs. While Lowell does tend to dominate the First Middlesex also includes Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Westford.
State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives just announced she will not seek re-election for the 1st Essex District, and State Rep. Diana DiZoglio has said she will run for that seat thus of course opening up her current House seat.
State Rep. Rady Mom has attracted primary challengers Jim Leary, Sam Meas, and Rithy Uong.