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FITCHBURG, MA — Following Wednesday's debate at Fitchburg State University, former Massachusetts Third District congressional candidate and 2014 Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor Steve Kerrigan announced his endorsement of state senator Barbara L'Italien.
“It’s no secret that since stepping out of this race for Congress, I have been following it carefully. As a voter and a lifelong Lancastrian I felt it was my duty to carefully scrutinize those running, and I have. After watching the candidates on stage in Fitchburg, to me the choice is clear. Barbara L'Italien has the proven track record of delivering for our communities and our commonwealth," said Kerrigan. "She isn’t someone who just makes promises. She has drafted and passed new laws that have made a real difference for folks in my hometown and in my family.
“I spent a lot of years working for a public official who was determined to actually get results for the voters. I’m confident Barbara will be that kind of congresswoman - driven to deliver for the people she represents and a foot soldier for the causes we share, the values we believe in and the progress we need.
"Our next representative is going to face serious challenges in Washington, and they need to do more than talk the talk. Barbara got into public service to fight for her kids and all our families, and she's gotten the job done time and again. Barbara really is a mom on a mission and I am proud to stand with her.”
Kerrigan is a native of Lancaster, where he served on the Board of Selectmen, and was a longtime senior aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and chief of staff for Attorney General Thomas Reilly.
"I am so pleased to have Steve Kerrigan backing me for Congress. He knows how hard it can be to turn good ideas into good policy, and I appreciate his recognition of my success in making bold, progressive change a reality," said L'Italien. "I will always work to make a difference, not headlines. I believe this district deserves nothing less from its member of Congress."