To the editor:
As the Democratic primary for state representative approaches, I’d like to encourage voters in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover to cast their ballot for Phil DeCologero.
Phil has displayed the genuine commitment to our communities that our people expect, and the position of state representative demands. As someone who has professionally invested himself in the Merrimack Valley — both as a staff member at the Statehouse and as an integral piece of Mayor Zanni’s administration — I trust that Phil will continue to work tirelessly as our elected representative. More importantly, Phil’s record of involvement in each of our four communities leaves me confident that we can expect Phil to hit the ground running on behalf of all of us.
I respect that running for office is not easy, but I have little tolerance for dishonesty. In 2012, our incumbent state Rep. Diana DiZoglio promised to promote policies of transparency. After she took office, she left many disappointed when she voted against transparent proposals like posting committee votes online, or making sure all pieces of legislation are available online at least 24 hours before they’re vote on. That Rep. DiZoglio flip-flopped on the gas tax, but expects taxpayers to foot her travel expenses to the tune of $2,500, only underscores her disconnect from the people who first voted for her.
I’ve seen Phil’s honest, genuine commitment to the Merrimack Valley. Needless to say, after these past two years I’ve also seen Rep. DiZoglio’s idea of honesty and commitment. This is why I ask voters to cast their ballots for Phil DeCologero.