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April 5, 2010

At least three running for Andover state rep seat

After state Sen. Susan Tucker announced she will not seek re-election when her term ends, a number of potential candidates started lining up for her seat — including state Rep. Barry Finegold.

Since Finegold cannot run for two state offices, a number of candidates have come forward to run for his 17th Essex District seat, which includes parts of Andover, Lawrence and Tewksbury.

In the mix are Lawrence Personnel Director Frank Bonet, Andover attorney Sal Tabit, and political consultant and policy adviser Paul Adams from Andover. Also rumored to be considering a run is Lawrence School Committee Vice Chairman Samuel Reyes, but he would not comment.

Each candidate must collect 150 signatures and file them with their respective town clerk offices or registrar of voters office by April 27. Once the signatures are authorized by each community, the candidates must file with the state by May 25.

Adams, 28, said his top priorities will be to lower taxes, add pro-growth business policies, and increase prioritization of local aid for essential community services.

"We (the state) have extraordinary challenges ahead of us," said Adams. "I am running to take Massachusetts in a new direction."

As an Andover native, Adams graduated from Andover High School in 2000 and went to Suffolk University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in international relations. He also is an elected member of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex state senatorial district.

"We are in a position where we need someone who can pursue this full time," he said, adding that he quit his job to run for this seat. "I will aggressively pursue the problems that this state and district face."

Bonet, 47, who also is a Lawrence School Committee member, said it was the economy that motivated him to run. He said he will work on the economy to improve employment and to ensure prosperity of local businesses. He also is committed to education and lowering insurance costs.

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