Republicans Greg Bunn and Leah Cole will face off Tuesday in a primary to determine their party's candidate in the April 2 special election to replace deceased state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis in the 12th Essex District which covers most of Peabody.
The winner of the primary will run against Democrat Beverly Griffin Dunne and independent Dave Gravel in the special election. Griffin Dunne will be on the Democratic ballot but is running unopposed.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m..
Earlier this month, Cole, who said she comes from a working class family, released a YouTube video describing her upbringing and how her parents worked hard so she could pursue her dreams.
“I want to work for you so that you can keep more of your money in your pocket and I want to stop the wasteful spending on Beacon Hill,” Cole said in the video. “I believe in the common sense of my friends and neighbors and I don’t believe that we need Beacon Hill telling us how to run our lives.”
Bunn has been holding various campaign events, including a recent kick-off for the opening of his headquarters on Walnut Street.
The Republican candidate has stressed that his biggest concern for voters is the economy and getting people back to work.
Bunn said he feels good about the potential outcome of the primary after strong campaigning.
"I’m cautiously optimistic just based on the response I’ve gotten when I’m knocking on doors and talking to voters," Bunn said. "Everybody’s working heart with this grassroots effort that is really coming together."