The June “OPEN HOUSE” looks ahead to the 2018 election season. Five candidates have stepped forward to run in the September 4th Democratic primary for the 15th Middlesex seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Those seeking to represent the district, which is comprised of Lexington and Wards 1 and 7 in Woburn, are Michelle Ciccolo, Matthew Cohen, Joseph Lahiff, Mary Ann Stewart, and William Sweeney.  State Representative Jay Kaufman will have the distinct honor of hosting the five candidates seeking to succeed him in the legislature for a campaign conversation on Thursday, June 21st from 7 to 8:30 PM at the Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square.)  The forum will be cohosted by the Lexington Democratic Town Committee and Minuteman Indivisible and marks the twenty-third anniversary of the “OPEN HOUSE” series.


Michelle Ciccolo is the Vice-Chair of the Lexington Board of Selectman. She has a background in local government, including serving as the President of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Matthew Cohen is an instructor at Northeastern University, where he just received his PhD in Political Science. He previously worked as the Research Director for the legislature’s Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use.  Joseph “Joe” Lahiff is the Director of Asset Management for NuPath, a Woburn organization that works with members of the community with disabilities. He is a retired Lexington police officer and the former school resource officer for Lexington High School. Mary Ann Stewart is currently the Parent Representative on the statewide Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is actively involved with the Raise Up Coalition and has served on the Lexington School Committee. William Sweeney has worked on Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill for former Representative Larkin and for the last 22 years he has worked in the private sector in healthcare technology.


Questions from the audience will largely shape the evening so plan to attend and bring yours. What do you bring to the race?  What are your policy priorities?  What in your background and experience makes you qualified to run?  What are the challenges you’re likely to face if elected?  We will be collecting questions at the forum and ask that they be addressed to all of the candidates. Questions may also be submitted via email ahead of the event to .


In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.