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Newcomer Enters Race For 2nd Essex-Middlesex State Senate Seat

Feb 23, 2018 12:22PM ● By Bill Gilman

Michael Armano is running for State Senate

The Senate race in the 2nd Essex-Middlesex District is starting to pick up steam.

Michael Armano, a Democrat from Dracut, has taken out nomination papers to seek the seat presently held by state Sen. Barbara L'Italian, D-Andover. After two terms, L'Italien has announced she will not be seeking re-election, as she is seeking the Democratic nomination for the MA-3 Congressional seat.

Armano, 40, is a lieutenant in the Lawrence Fire Department, the city where he was born and raised. However, he is also an attorney, with an undergraduate degree from UMass-Lowell, a masters in public administration from Anna Maria CollegeĀ and his law degree Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.

He announced his candidacy in a press release Thursday.

"Working families deserve someone who will stand up and fight for them at the State House. I'm running to bring new leadership to the State Senate and to continue my lifelong commitment of serving my community," he said, in the release.

Armano is the only Democrat to officially declare his candidacy. However, former state senator Barry Finegold and Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Pavano have both said they are considering throwing their hats into the ring.

On the GOP side, Joe Espinola of Dracut, a retired Lowell Police officer and a member of the Greater Lowell Tech School Committee has taken out nomination papers.

The 2nd Essex-Middlesex state Senate district includes Lawrence, Dracut, Andover and Tewksbury.

Prior to becoming a firefighter, Armano worked as a fire investigator, a real estate attorney and a school teacher. He served as wrestling coach at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence (his alma mater) for 16 years. He presently lives in Dracut with his wife Jill and their three children.

Armano's family has a strong history of public service. His father was also a Lawrence firefighter and his grandfather was a Lawrence Police officer.

Among the issues Armano says he will spotlight in his campaign are mental health, homelessness, home ownership, affordable housing and public education.

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