State Rep. Geoff Diehl, the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, will be campaigning in Rockport and Gloucester this Saturday, Aug. 11. 

At 4:30 p.m. he will be at the Rockport Rotary Lobsterfest at the American Legion Bandstand off Beach Street in Rockport. Then, at 6:30 p.m., he'll stroll through the Gloucester Block Party on Main Street. He will wrap up his Cape Ann visit by joining at 7:15 p.m. the Gloucester Republican City Committee's Infamous Rooftop Fundraiser at 1 Western Ave. 

Diehl faces challenges in the Sept. 4 primary from fellow Republicans Beth Lindstrom, a former state Lottery executive, and Whitman businessman John Kingston. The winner will face incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Warren and technology entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai, who is running as an independent, in November.

Speaking of the Republican Rooftop Fundraiser, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karin Polito will be on hand to help fundraise for the slew of Republican candidates also expected, according to Amanda Orlando Kesterson. The event is being held on the rooftop of the headquarters of Orlando & Associates law offices, headed by Kesterson's father, Joseph Orlando Sr

Diehl's opponents Kingston and Lindstrom have confirmed they will also be attendance, according to Kesterson. 

Kesterson said Friday she has also gotten confirmations from other Republican candidates; Joseph Schneider of Beverly, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton for the 6th Congressional District seat; Anthony Amore, for secretary of state; Dan Shores and Jay McMahon, for attorney general; Jonathan Ring of Rockport for register of deeds; Richard Baker for Governor's Council; and Dan Fishman for auditor.

State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, state Rep. Lenny Mirra, and Gloucester city Councilors Jamie O'Hara and Steve LeBlanc will be attending. 

Suggested donation for the party is $50. 

— Times Staff

Manchester candidate picks up endorsements

Allison Gustavson of Manchester, a Democratic candidate who is challenging incumbent Brad Hill, an Ipswich Republican, for state representative in the 4th Essex District, has recently picked up several endorsements.

Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (PPAF), the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, chose her over Hill in the race. "Allison will fight for policies that strengthen reproductive rights and eliminate barriers to vital health care to ensure everyone has access to the care they need,” said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and CEO of PPAF, in a prepared statement.

She is also being backed by the Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter. "An environmentalist in every sense of the word, Allison Gustavson will fight for a reduction in fossil fuel use and an increase in clean energy as a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature,” said David Rudolph, political chairman of the chapter. “A vote for Gustavson is a vote for combating climate change and the devastating effects it will have on our state. We urge voters to support Gustavson in November."

Gustvason also was endorsed by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Political Action Committee (PAC).

 Zakim would beef up election cybersecurity 


Reminding voters that hackers have targeted election systems in other states, secretary of state candidate Josh Zakim said Wednesday he would add seven to 10 full-time cybersecurity specialists to his staff if elected.

Zakim held a press conference outside the State House to release an election security plan, which pegs the salary budget for his proposed Cybersecurity Operations Center at $600,000 to $750,000.

"We need a secretary of state who can be proactive on this, who is not going to say status quo is OK, because it's not," Zakim said. "There have already been attempted hacks in other states that have been widely reported from intelligence agencies, from national security agencies, and in the press, and Massachusetts needs to be ready for 2018 and 2020."

A Boston city councilor who won the Democratic Party's endorsement at its June convention, Zakim is running against six-term incumbent Secretary William Galvin of Brighton. The winner of the Sept. 4 primary will face off in November against Swampscott Republican Anthony Amore.

— Katie Lannan/SHNS

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