L’Italien Endorsed By Majority of Dracut Board of Selectmen, School Committee
State Senator Barbara L'Italien
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Campaign of Barbara L'Italien for Congress.)
Seven local elected officials endorsed State Senator Barbara L’Italien today in the race to succeed Niki Tsongas: Selectmen Tami Dristiliaris, Joseph DiRocco, Jr., Tony Archinski, and Jesse Forcier; and School Committee Members Betsy Murphy, Allison Volpe, and Sabrina Heisey.
“Working with Barbara to successfully defeat the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline, I saw her passion and tenacity when it comes to standing up for her constituents and for what is right,” said Board of Selectman Vice-Chair Tami Dristiliaris. “I have no doubt she will continue to do the same in Congress, and I look forward to what she will be able to accomplish for Dracut and our region.”
“As a veteran and retired member of the Dracut Police Department, I truly value Barbara’s deep commitment to taking care of retirees and those who have served,” said Selectman Tony Archinski. “I support Barbara because she is actively involved in keeping our district safe, affordable, and attractive to longtime residents and new families.”
“The support I’ve received in Dracut so far has been overwhelming and encouraging. I’m proud to serve Dracut alongside these outstanding community leaders, and to have their support in my congressional run” said L’Italien. “In the three years I have represented Dracut in the state senate, I am proud to have worked with each and every one of these public servants, on a whole host of issues to improve and enrich the community: environment, public education, local aid, economic development, and public safety.”
“Barbara is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever known,” said Selectman Jesse Forcier. “She has been nothing but accessible and a great ally to Dracut. She’s committed to our town and its economic development, something very important to me as a selectman and housing commissioner. I’m thrilled Barbara is running for Congress, and proud to support her.”
“Our next Congressperson should be someone who understands the people here and the issues important to us better than anyone else,” said Selectman Joseph DiRocco, Jr. “I trust Barbara as that kind of expert - she knows the Merrimack Valley inside and out, and will do the best job representing us.”
“As a parent, school committee member, and someone who works in the special education field, I am proud of the work that Barbara has done for our students. Time after time, she has demonstrated her fierce commitment to ensuring that all students have the tools and supports necessary to learn, grow, and achieve their full potential,” said School Committee Member Betsy Murphy.
“Barbara is a true leader and genuine public servant who inspired me during my campaign for the Dracut School Committee. Brand new to the political arena, I was moved by her support and encouragement. Her commitment to her constituents, especially those who are the most vulnerable, is tireless. Having a child on the autism spectrum myself, I admire her dedication to her own family as well as the families in her district where she continues to fight for the needs of those who cannot fight for themselves. I’m proud to support Barbara in her run for Congress as I know that she will stand with Massachusetts’ families.” said School Committee Member Allison Volpe.
"I support Barbara because when it comes to defending public education, I know she will stand up for my kids and everyone else's," said School Committee Member Sabrina Heisey, “she is the candidate with the deepest understanding of the challenges facing our students and our schools, and her record of effective leadership on this issue distinguishes her among all other candidates in this race.”
L’Italien currently serves as Dracut’s state senator. She previously announced support from municipal elected officials in Lawrence, a community she also represents in the senate and the second-largest city in the 3rd congressional district.