The Massachusetts AFL-CIO on Wednesday endorsed Methuen Democrat Diana DiZoglio who is challenging state Rep. David Torrisi, D-North Andover, for their party’s nomination to run for state representative from the 14th Essex district comprised of North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill.
The union represents about 400,000 working people in Massachusetts.
“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,” said Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman. “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.” DiZoglio is former chief of staff to Edward Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts and also received the endorsement of that group as well as Laborers Local 175 in Methuen. “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 said.
The winner of the Sept. 6 primary will face Republican Karin Rhoton in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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