The winner of the election will succeed Sen. Fred Berry, who announced in January that he will retire after 30 years in office. Berry has already endorsed Lovely in the race.
Jolitz was the Republican challenger who tried to retire Berry two years ago, but the incumbent senator won easily in the 2010 general election. Jolitz didn’t campaign actively in that race.
There has been much speculation about what might happen to Lovely’s spot on the Salem City Council if she is elected to the Senate. She could choose either to keep the seat or step down, in which case the council would have the responsibility to name her replacement.
Lovely has decided to keep her intentions private until after the election.
“I promise to answer that question on Nov. 7. A lot of people are asking me; I just want to get through this first,” she said. “I’m focused on winning the election, not what will happen afterwards.”