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July 16, 2014

Tierney picks up another challenger

Marblehead businessman to run for seat, says country needs 'independent leaders'

BOSTON — The high-stakes race in the 6th Congressional District just got more crowded.

Christopher Stockwell, a Marblehead businessman, has filed paperwork to run as an independent candidate in the Nov. 6 election for the congressional seat, which represents the northeastern corner of the state from North Andover to Rockport, Salisbury to Revere. He needs to collect 2,000 signatures from district voters by July 29 to get on the ballot.

Stockwell, 53, is a political newcomer who took leave from his job as vice president and chief marketing officer for GEI Consulting, an engineering company, to run for Congress. Stockwell said he believes Massachusetts needs an “independent voice” to end the partisan bickering in Washington.

“The parties and the political system are broken, and as a result, the great issues of our time are not being tackled,” said Stockwell, who has been weighing a run for several years. “America needs to elect independent leaders.”

He joins a packed field of four Democrats and one Republican seeking to topple Democratic Rep. John Tierney, a nine-term incumbent who narrowly won re-election two years ago on the heels of a scandal involving his family members.

On Tuesday, Tierney’s campaign reported that the Salem Democrat raised $415,491 during the most recent quarter, from April 1 to June 30, leaving him with more than $1.23 million cash on hand. In the previous quarter, Tierney raised $348,256 and spent $79,356, according to his filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Tierney campaign spokeswoman Lauren Soltani said at least 86 percent of his contributors in the latest quarter were individuals, as opposed to political committees.

“We remain confident that we will have the resources we need to win in November,” she said.

Last week, Republican Richard Tisei reported raising $468,779 and spending $218,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter, leaving the former Massachusetts state senator with $819,918, his campaign reported. He is making his second run for the office.

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