In the 3d Middlesex, incumbent Republican Richard R. Tisei of Wakefield is challenged by first-time candidate Stephen Spain, a Melrose Democrat. In the Suffolk and Middlesex district, Republicans John Hugo of East Boston and Vincent L. Dixon of Cambridge are vying to run against Democratic incumbent Robert E. Travaglini of East Boston. Hugo has run twice unsuccessfully for Boston City Council. Dixon lost to Travaglini in 1998.
In House races, 6th Essex incumbent Michael P. Cahill, a Beverly Democrat, has four challengers, all from Beverly: Democrat Stella- Mae Seamans, Republican Kerry Murphy Healey, Libertarian Dean E. Cook, and Reform Party candidate Donato Paglia. Seamans is a past school committee member. Healey unsuccessfully challenged Cahill in 1998. Cook lost bids for governor in 1994 and 1998, and to unseat Cahill in 1996. Paglia is a political newcomer.
A four-way race is underway for the 1st Essex seat of Republican incumbent Kevin L. Finnegan of Newburyport, who plans to retire. Vying are Democrats Barbara A. Hildt of Amesbury, Paul Tirone of Amesbury, and Daniel B. Pailes of Newburyport, and Republican Joseph P. Sullivan of Newburyport. Hildt formerly held the 1st Essex seat. Tirone and Sullivan are both former Newburyport city councilors.