Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sen. L'Italien Announces Re-election Campaign

I want all my friends, supporters and constituents to know that I am running for re-election for the Second Essex & Middlesex District!

I turned in 597 certified signatures – double the amount required – to the Secretary of State’s Office and will appear on the Democratic Primary Ballot and November 8th General Election Ballot.

It has been an incredible honor and pleasure to represent the communities of Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury in the Massachusetts Senate for the past 18 months.

As many of you may already know, I will have a Republican challenger in the fall.

I am going to need the help of all my friends and supporters to make sure I can continue delivering for our communities and representing the issues and values that I believe are important to us, including supporting small businesses, increasing funding and resources for public schools and public safety, and protecting and advocating for vulnerable and under-served residents such as children and the elderly.

I will officially kick off my re-election campaign on Wednesday, June 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Chateau restaurant in Andover. We will have more information on that coming soon, and you can also visit my website at for more about the campaign and about the kick-off event.

I welcome the coming campaign as an opportunity to talk about my record representing each of the four communities in the district and what I have been able to accomplish in the past 18 months through working with local leaders and community groups.

To me, this work is about building community by working together to improve quality of life for residents, being accessible and bringing resources to my cities and towns.

Through meetings and tours of more than 100 businesses, nonprofits and community groups since taking office, I have listened to and brought the concerns of my communities to the State House.

In addition to getting to know and helping constituents, I also intend to run on my record of delivering for my communities. A few highlight include:

-- $1 million for Lawrence to retain and hire new police officers and $360,000 shared by nine nonprofits in the city. I am working to get the city more money for more police officers in the new state budget as well as funds to help a number of nonprofits that help vulnerable and underserved people in Lawrence and other communities in my district.

-- $235,000 for a media center study and baseball field upgrades at Andover High School.

-- Saving jobs and treatment beds at Tewksbury State Hospital in addition to $90,000 for Tewksbury’s Fire Department to buy life-saving equipment.

-- Worked to bring a MassWork grant to Dracut, including $960,000 for a 78-bed assisted living facility and medical office to assist with local economic development efforts.

--Opened and staffed a district office in Lawrence City Hall on a daily basis to be closer to my constituents.
-- Statewide, I helped to deliver $6.3 million for services for adults with autism and an additional $2.1 million for local Councils on Aging for elders programming.

-- My position on 10 legislative committees, including vice chairing three and chairing the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure and Municipalities & Regional Government.

Most recently, I stood with and worked with concerned residents in my district to help beat back Kinder Morgan’s unwanted proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through parts of Dracut, Tewksbury and Andover. The Texas-based energy announced just yesterday that it has officially killed the pipeline proposal. Many people fear Kinder Morgan or another energy company could return with another pipeline proposal, so this is an issue we must keep an eye on and remain vigilant.

I hope to see many of you at my upcoming campaign kickoff and, again, I can only continue to do this important work with your support! We cannot – and I do not intend to – take anything or anyone for granted as we prepare to campaign on my strong record of working together for Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury.