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It's Official: L'Italien Announces Bid For 3rd District Congressional Seat

Nov 20, 2017 12:34PM ● By Bill Gilman

State Senator Barbara L'Italien

State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, D-Andover, has made official what has been widely speculated for weeks - she has thrown her hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.
L'Italien, who represents the 2nd Essex-Middlesex District (including Tewksbury and Dracut), joins a crowded field of candidates looking to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who announced earlier this year she would not be seeking re-election in 2018.
Eleven Democrats and two Republicans have now announced their candidacy in the 3rd District.

“I will be a Congresswoman who can both take on the big issues facing our country and those facing the families across this district. I have a lifetime of service that has made a difference for our public school students, seniors, and everyone in between,” said L’Italien, in a press release. “We need a fearless leader who can fight tough fights and win victories right now, more than ever, in Washington. That’s why I’m running for Congress.”

In addition to the press release, L'Italien announced her candidacy in a short film on her campaign website (see below). 

L’Italien was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2003, defeating Republican Kathleen Sachs for the 18th Essex seat. She served four terms, before being defeated by Republican Jim Lyons, R-Andover.

For the next two years, L'Italien worked as she became director of government affairs for Treasurer Steve Grossman.

In 2014, L'Italien defeated Andover Republican Alex Vispoli for the 2nd Essex State Senate seat vacated by Barry Finegold. Two years later, she defeated Susan LaPlante for re-election.

L’Italien lives in Andover with her husband Kevin and her four kids Rudy, Allie, Samantha and Andrew.

As of now, the crowded field in the 3rd District race looks like this:


Abhijit "Beej" Das, of North Andover
Rufus Gifford
Steve Kerrigan, of Lancaster
Daniel Arrigg Koh, of Andover
State Rep. Juana Matias, of Lawrence
Nadeem Mazen, of Cambridge
Terence  Ryan, of Westford
Lori Trahan, of Westford
Alexandra Chandler, of Haverhill
Patrick Littlefield, of Boxboro
State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, of Andover


Rick Green, of Pepperell
Scott Gunderson of Groton

L'Italien announces candidacy for Congress

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