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April 12, 2014

North Andover's DeCologero joins crowded primary field

METHUEN — The races for the State House are warming up with the weather, as North Andover political activist and aide to the Methuen mayor Phil DeCologero said he would challenge Rep. Diana DiZoglio for the Democratic nomination.

DeCologero, 26, has been active in politics since high school, working for former state Rep. Barbara L’Italien and state Rep. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer. He is vice chairman of the North Andover Democratic Town Committee and since 2012 has served as executive secretary to Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni.

“It was after a great deal of consideration, after looking at the opportunities to serve the Merrimack Valley as a whole, communities that I love so much, that I decided to take this next step in public service and run for state representative,” DeCologero told a group of supporters outside City Hall here yesterday at noon.

He immediately began campaigning, with door knocking and a pizza rally scheduled for yesterday afternoon.

“I’m ready to work 24-7 for you because that’s what I want to do as your representative and that’s how I should campaign,” he said.

He said he wanted to develop business opportunities in the area, particularly along routes 114 and 125 in North Andover and in some of underutilized mill buildings in Lawrence.

He also said transparency in government was a top priority for him. “I’m disappointed that the incumbent voted against putting all bills online at least 24 hours before they’re voted on, and requiring that all votes, including committee votes, be online,” he said. “I think that’s something our state legislator should be fighting for.”

DeCologero has given Zanni his resignation, though Zanni said he will stay on for a couple weeks to finish up some projects he is working on.

Several officials have thrown their support behind DeCologero, including L’Italien, who planning another run for the State House.

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