Two Republicans vying to oppose McGovern for Congress

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Two Worcester County Republicans filed nomination papers with the Secretary of State’s office to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Jim McGovern of Worcester.

Republican candidates Kevin Powers of Millville and Tracy Lovvorn of Grafton filed nomination papers by Tuesday’s deadline to oppose McGovern, a 21-year incumbent who is running unopposed in the Sept. 4 Democratic primary .

Powers is a Millville entrepreneur and small business owner, who is advocating for term limits, better jobs and energy independence. He opposes sanctuary for illegal immigrants, supports strengthening U.S. borders and national defense and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, according to his campaign website, kevinpowersforcongress.com.

His platform also includes protecting social security for seniors and improving the economy by easing government regulation.

Lovvorn, CEO and founder of Evolution Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Grafton, has been a member of the Grafton’s Planning Board. According to her website — tracyforcongress.com — “I am exhausted from dead end political extremism in Washington. D.C., that leads to constant resistance and accomplishes little.”

Lovvorn’s call for immigration reform includes securing all borders, better tracking of visa overstays and more effective employment verification. She also calls for improved childhood health and safety, reforming health care and congressional term limits.

An independent candidate for the congressional seat, Paul V. Grady of Hubbardston, has until Aug. 28 to file nomination papers with the Secretary of State.

The district includes Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately in Franklin County, along with parts of Hampshire, Hampden, Norfolk and Worcester counties.