The first Republican candidate has entered the House special election in the 3rd Essex district seat being vacated by liberal Rep. Brian Dempsey. A candidate for re-election for Haverhill’s School Committee, Shaun Toohey has decided to run for the House seat instead. “I’m running for state representative to have an impact on the community I care deeply about,” Toohey said in a statement Monday night. “We expect results from our state representative who must advocate for working families by responding to our needs while looking out for the hardworking taxpayers” he added. Toohey said his relationship with the Republican administration gives him an edge on delivering for Haverhill. (Taken from WHAV.net) Toohey joins Democrats Paul A. Magliocchetti and Andy Vargas in the special election.