Burzlaff Endorses L'Italien
The School Committee chair speaks about the 18th Essex race.
North Andover School Committee Chairman Laurie Burzlaff has annpounced that she is supporting Barbara L'Italien in her campaign for State Representative.
"Serving in local office you get to see first-hand the importance of having active and engaged legislators," Burzlaff said. "I really think the Merrimack Valley has suffered not having Barbara fighting for us in the legislature."
Burzlaff, who is also supporting Republicans Scott Brown and Richard Tisei, said she did not get involved in the 2010 election when L'Italien was ousted by Jim Lyons.
"Like many voters, I was frustrated," explained Burzlaff. "I didn't care who the person was, I just didn't have the appetite to get involved in that race."
Burzlaff says she's since been turned off by Lyons.
"Barbara and I didn't always agree, but we always respected the roles each other played in moving our community forward," said Burzlaff, who is serving her second term on the School Committee. "I appreciate that Barbara took the time to keep local officials informed while also seeking input from residents."
“I took it for granted that state representatives always try to stay engaged with their local boards,” continued Burzlaff. “But since Jim Lyons was elected two years ago he hasn’t once reached out to keep us in the loop.”
L'Italien welcomed Burzlaff's support.
"Laurie is the epitome of a public servant," said L'Italien. "An accomplished business owner and devoted mother, Laurie has earned her reputation as a community volunteer who truly rolls up her sleeves, does the work, and shuns the spot light. I'm honored to have Laurie's support."
"I think there are great things happening in North Andover," continued L'Italien, "and I am excited by the prospect of partnering with Laurie and other members of the School Committee to help further improve our local schools."