NORTH ANDOVER — The Democratic Town Committee has unanimously endorsed Philip DeCologero in the race for state representative in the 14th Essex District.
DeCologero, vice chairman of the committee and former executive assistant to Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni, is running against Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, who is seeking a second, two-year term.
Committee members cited DeCologero’s efforts to get voters involved and his emphasis on small business development as the main factors in their decision, according to Chairwoman Tricia Melvin.
“The work Phil has done to engage voters in the Merrimack Valley shows his commitment to making government more accessible and open. We need the credible representation that Phil can bring as it has been lacking the last two years,” Melvin said.
DiZoglio upset then-Rep. David Torrisi, D-North Andover, in the primary nearly two years ago.
Torrisi had served in the Legislature since 1999 and he held leadership positions.
John Fouhy, named Democrat of the Year for 2014 by the committee, declared his support for DeCologero.
“Phil is a steadfast advocate for the needs of the families in the district. He is the epitome of what a representative should be and our neighbors in North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill deserve that type of spirited and knowledgeable representation,” Fouhy said. “As our representative, I know Phil will continue to fight for those people because of his commitment to expanding and engaging voters in the democratic process.”
Walter Kirby, also an a member of the committee, cited DeCologero’s support for small businesses. Kirby is himself the owner of a small business.
“Having worked with him on the North Andover Democratic Town Committee, I saw firsthand that Phil is always concerned about the impacts decisions can have on small businesses. He has been a strong supporter of the needs of small businesses and is committed to helping spur business growth in the community,” Kirby said.