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L’Italien Kicks Off Campaign Fellowship Program

Feb 02, 2018 05:11AM ● By Theresa Gilman

L to R: Matt Allen, Conor Beswick, Max Butterbrodt, Barbara L’Italien, Zivah Solomon, Jasmine Polanco

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of State Senator Barbara L’Italien.)

ANDOVER, MA — State Senator Barbara L’Italien kicked off her Spring 2018 Campaign Fellowship Program last week, welcoming 12 new campaign fellows from across the congressional district and beyond.
L’Italien and staff members welcomed six of the 12 campaign fellows over the weekend, where they discussed ideas, the work ahead, and what each of the team members are looking for - all over L’Italien’s famous homemade brownies.
“I’m thrilled our team is growing, and honored to have an experienced group of up-and-comers join our campaign,” said L’Italien. “I have always been a big believer in mentorship. My staff members and interns have gone on over the years to serve our communities in local unions, nonprofits, and even in elected office. These fellows are especially dynamic - I’m excited that they’ve joined my team and about the work we will be doing together over the months ahead.”
L’Italien’s campaign is still accepting applications for the fellowship program. To apply, please email a resume and one-page cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Fellowship application.” 
Several of L’Italien’s Congressional Fellows have share why they’re interested in joining her team:
“I am proud to be able to help a candidate as progressive and outspoken as Barbara. I joined the team because aside from representing my district, Barbara shares many of my values," said Danny Adames, a Writing and Literature senior at Emmanuel who grew up in Lawrence and has previous experience with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
“Barbara advocates for what she knows is right and has passion for what she does, which is one of the reasons why I’m glad to join the team,” said Jasmine Polanco, who grew up in Lawrence and will graduate from UMass Lowell with a Political Science degree. She recently helped Jean Bradley win a city council seat in Brockton.

“I’ve worked on Barbara’s campaigns in the past, so I’m very excited to be moving up with her to a federal level. She has done so much for my community of Andover, and I’m so pleased that she now has an opportunity to help even more people in a larger district,” said Matt Allen, an Andover High School student with plans to run for president one day.
“Barbara has been a vocal advocate and worked very hard for women’s rights, special education, LGBTQ rights, and many other causes important to me. I know that as my Congresswoman, Senator L’Italien will stand up for these priorities and fight for her constituents,” said Conor Beswick, an Andover native and student at St. John’s Prep who’s done field organization work for Jay Gonzalez for Governor.
“I chose to intern for Barbara because I know she’s a genuine person. I know that she cares about the people not only in her district but across the country. I believe that Barbara will be a great congresswomen and I want to help make that happen,” said Max Butterbrodt, a Political Science senior at Emmanuel who served as a Field Director for the Tito Jackson mayoral race.
“I joined the team because Barbara is the candidate in this race with experience and a fighter for what she believes in. I’m excited to help elect a true progressive candidate to the House,” said Zivah Solomon, a senior Political Communications student at Emerson College who most recently dedicated time to the Bernie Sanders presidential and Tito Jackson mayoral campaigns.
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