EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Two face off in House District 12

By Doug Ireland direland@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DANVILLE — Four-term incumbent Elisabeth “Betsy” Sanders is fighting to keep her seat in House District 12.

Sanders, a Republican, is facing a challenge from fellow Danville resident and Democrat Thomas Billbrough Jr. Both ran uncontested in the primary Sept. 11. The election is Nov. 6.

Both candidates have served on the town’s Budget Committee. Sanders was also Danville’s treasurer for eight years. Billbrough ran for selectman the last two years, but lost.

Sanders was a member of the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee during the last legislative session.

District 12 only represents Danville. In 2010, Sanders was the top vote-getter among seven candidates running for four seats.

Before the recent redistricting, Danville was part of House District 7, which also represented Chester and Sandown.

Tom Billbrough Jr.

Age: 25

Political party: Democrat

Occupation: Youth services librarian

Elective office experience: Budget Committee

What do you plan to do if elected?: To oppose the detrimental legislation of House Speaker Bill O’Brien and be a better voice for my constituents.

Elisabeth “Betsy” Sanders

Age: 67

Political party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Elective office experience: State representative, Budget Committee, town treasurer

What do you plan to do if elected?: If re-elected for a fifth term, I will focus on legislation to reduce unnecessary restrictions and fees regarding fish and game, forestry, conservation and energy.