Another State Legislator Backs Colleague in 3rd District

June 21, 2018 GMT

ANDOVER -- Once a candidate for the seat himself in a previous election cycle, state Sen. Jamie Eldridge has now given his support in the crowded 3rd Congressional District race to his colleague, fellow state Sen. Barbara L’Italien.

The L’Italien campaign announced Eldridge’s endorsement in a Tuesday press release. In a lengthy prepared statement included in the release, Eldridge praised L’Italien’s for “her values, her fighting spirit and her commitment to helping those who are living in the shadows of life.”

“Barbara has the strongest progressive track record in this race,” Eldridge said in his statement. “I’ve seen her take on the tough fights in the legislature, from marriage equality to healthcare to supporting immigrants to LGBTQ rights to protecting services for the elderly and disabled, and she does not flinch.”

As part of the endorsement, Eldridge’s state re-election campaign will partner with L’Italien’s congressional campaign. They will host a joint “day of action” in Acton on Saturday to draw supporters for both candidates.

L’Italien and Eldridge have been colleagues at the Statehouse for more than a decade dating back to their previous positions as state representatives.

Eldridge himself had been a candidate for the seat in question in 2007, when current U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas won her first election (although at the time, the area was considered the 5th Congressional District).

His state Senate district includes 3rd District communities of Acton, Ayer, Boxboro, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlboro, Maynard, Shirley, Stow and Sudbury.

A number of other state legislators have backed L’Italien in the 3rd District race, including Sens. Michael Barrett, Paul Feeney, Anne Gobi, Will Brownsberger, Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Senate President Harriette Chandler, and Reps. Carmine Gentile, Cory Atkins and Colleen Garry, of Dracut.

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