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Slavit Baylis to run for State Representative in 8th Essex District

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

She seeks to fill the seat left vacant by state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, who stepped away earlier this year.

Long-time Democratic activist and attorney Diann Slavit Baylis is making a run for the open State Representative seat in the 8th Essex District, encompassing Marblehead, Swampscott, and two precincts in Lynn.

“I'm running for State Representative because we need strong and active leadership in order to make progress on the many challenges that we face in Marblehead, Swampscott and Lynn, now and in the future,” she said. “As the Representative for this district, I will work hard each and every day to bring about the progress and change that we need in protecting our environment, supporting our schools and our young people, and strengthening our economy and transportation infrastructure.”

Slavit Baylis, who lives in Marblehead, is a former staff member for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, and an attorney focused on immigration law. She has been an active voice in efforts to prevent gun violence in Massachusetts. Slavit Baylis is also a volunteer fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association and was a cast member in the PBS documentary Divided We Fall.

Slavit Baylis, an avid surfer, indicated that she will focus on environmental protection and the climate crisis, building on the excellent work of outgoing State Representative Lori Ehrlich. A mother and step-mother to four children, Slavit Baylis will also prioritize state education funding for both urban and suburban school districts, along with school safety and access to mental health supports for our youth. Slavit Baylis also identified regional economic recovery from the COVID pandemic, strengthening the state’s innovation economy and transportation infrastructure as key priorities.

Slavit Baylis, born in Haverhill, is the youngest daughter of former Haverhill Harbormaster Red Slavit. She is a graduate of Merrimack College and Suffolk Law School. She has her own legal practice focused on immigration, litigation, and family law. She has been an active voice in support of the work of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, having testified at legislative hearings and spoken at State House rallies to urge action on much-needed gun violence prevention legislation.

“I come from a tradition of public service,” said Slavit Baylis. “My father, Harbormaster Red Slavit, saved more than 160 lives during his service to the City of Haverhill. Serving as State Representative will allow me to follow in that tradition and improve the lives of the people of the 8th Essex District.”

To see the original article, go to

“Slavit Baylis to Run for State Representative in 8th Essex District.” Wicked Local. Marblehead Reporter, March 11, 2022.

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