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Opinion

June 13, 2014

Letter: Support DeCologero for state representative

To the editor:

Trust is the most important thing we should expect from our elected officials. While it is never possible to agree with someone 100 percent of the time, I do always expect our officials to serve with honesty and integrity. It is because of my strong belief in this quality that I am excited to be supporting Phil DeCologero as our next state representative.

Phil is a tireless advocate who I have worked closely with on progressive causes. As members of the North Andover Democratic Town Committee we have worked together for stronger schools, supporting our small businesses, and promoting transparent, honest government. Phil’s history of supporting these efforts -- not just in North Andover, but throughout the Merrimack Valley as a member of Mayor Stephen Zanni’s staff in Methuen and an aide at the Statehouse -- leaves me confident that we can trust Phil to continue such advocacy as our state representative.

As I said, trust is important. This is why I think Phil would be an appropriate replacement for state Rep. Diana DiZoglio. Two years ago Rep. DiZoglio promised voters that she would be a leader in making our government more open and transparent. However, when Rep. DiZoglio took office, her first vote was against requiring bills to be online for at least 24 hours before they’re voted on. Rep. DiZoglio continued to disappoint when she voted against posting her committee votes online. These actions do not reflect those of someone who is committed to transparent, open government. And these actions do not reflect the promises that Rep. DiZoglio made to residents when she was last looking for our support.

When it comes to whom we elect, our best bet is to look at someone’s past to predict their future actions. Phil DeCologero has shown that he is someone that we can trust to put the Merrimack Valley first; while Rep. DiZoglio has shown she will say one thing to voters, and do another up on Beacon Hill. Trust is important, and I know Phil DeCologero is the leader we can trust. I hope you’ll agree.

Ellen S. Mosier

North Andover

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