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Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses DiZoglio

The Methuen native gains praise from labor.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO has endorsed Diana DiZoglio for election as the state representative for the 14th Essex District.

“As an advocate for working families, I am honored to receive an endorsement from the AFL-CIO,” DiZoglio said. “This year marks the 100th anniversary for the Lawrence Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. Today, local families are still struggling to get by with the consistently rising costs of education, health care and general living expenses. I hope to be a voice for those trying to find light at the end of the tunnel in this difficult economy.”

DiZoglio is running in the Democratic Primary against incumbent State Rep. David Torrisi.

“Massachusetts needs more civic leaders like Diana DiZoglio who stands proudly for and will advocate effectively on the issues that matter most to the working men and women of our Commonwealth and their families,” AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman said in a statement. “We are proud to support her and encourage our members to join us in helping her win election to the House of Representatives.”

In the wake of redistricting, DiZoglio's campaign seems to making headway as more and more of her campaign signs are showing up on lawns across the district. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council endorsement comes after the organization reportedly sought input from labor councils in the district.

“The working men and women of the 14th Essex District need a state representative that they can count on to stand up for our issues,” said Paul Georges, President of the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council. “Diana DiZoglio has a proven track record of supporting working families and will be a great advocate for us on Beacon Hill. We are proud to support her candidacy and encourage our members to help send a true working families candidate to the State House.”

Michael Quinlan August 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
What could the sitting Democrat representative, Torrissi, done to annoy the AFL-CIO so much that they openly support his primary challenger? Wow.
Cool Fusion August 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Is there anyone or any group that "potty-mouth" Torrissi hasn't offended? If it were not for the "get out the vote" van buses over-working their transmissions on inner Lawrence streets, he would not even have been elected.
Bill Callahan August 20, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Just goes to show you that David Torrisi isn't in anybody's pocket - even his parties strongest backers. He's an independent Democrat who calls them as he sees them.
Bill Callahan August 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM
And cool fusion, what is the problem with people from Lawrence voting? Were they not part of the district?
Cool Fusion August 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Try telling that to Stephen Hawking.. The problem is that Andover and North Andover with a combined land area of 65 square miles and a population of 66K has only Three (3) polling places. Lawrence of similar population and a land area of less than 8 square miles has Twenty-Three (23) polling places. The reason for the large disparity, of course, is that severely financially strapped Andover or North Andover can't afford to maintain multiple voting places on every street crossing and opulently rich but land challenged Lawrence must share their voters with adjacent towns districts.

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