3rd Essex State Rep Candidates

Meet the Candidates


Shawn Toohey (R) Andy Vargas (D)
Shaun Toohey

Shaun Toohey

Shaun Toohey has been a resident of Haverhill for over 20 years. He and his wife have two children who grew up in Haverhill. Shaun has dedicated the past 13 years on the Haverhill School Committee. Shaun is a small business owner, who has served as a member of the Haverhill School Committee for the past 13 years. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club and a former member of the Stadium Commission. He also served as a School Committee member for the Whittier Regional Vocational High School.

Mr. Toohey plans to continue to collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in an effort to improve our schools and reform state local aid formulas to properly fund special education, transportation, and health care costs.

Shaun promises to work tirelessly to make sure that issues and concerns with state agencies are addressed and that his constituents will be well-represented on Beacon Hill.

He believes that lower taxes and less regulation helps grow small businesses and creates job opportunities. Mr. Toohey plans to hold quarterly business round-table forums to discuss strategies on how to make Massachusetts more business-friendly.

For more on Mr. Toohey, please visit his Website.

Andy Vargas

Andy Vargas

Andy Vargas was born in Cambridge, MA and moved to Haverhill with his family at the age of 6. His mother is a native of New York. His father’s family immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. 

Andy attended Haverhill’s Public Schools, graduated from Haverhill High School, and received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Andy has a strong background in public service, with experiences extending to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, under the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service and also spent time serving at the White House, under the President’s Office of Communication. Mr. Vargas has also been serving as a City Councilor since 2015. As a member of the City Council said, Andy is not one to talk about what needs to be done, he rolls up his sleeves and does it.

Andy believes in educational equity with a strong focus on early education. He believes that health care is a human right and plans to fight for access to quality and affordable healthcare for all. He believes that this is the moment for stepping up to fight to prevent or limit the effects of climate change. Mr. Vargas believes in empowering local businesses and fueling the dreams of early stage entrepreneurs to build a robust and sustainable economy.

For more on Mr. Vargas, please visit his Website.

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