Rivera endorses Minicucci in 14th Essex

Courtesy photoLawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, left, has endorsed Christina Minicucci in the 14th Essex state representative race.

LAWRENCE — Mayor Daniel Rivera has endorsed Christina Minicucci in the race for the 14th Essex District representative seat.

Minicucci, a North Andover businesswoman, is one of three candidates vying for the seat held by state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, who is now running for state Senate in the 1st Essex District. The 14th Essex District includes portions of Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover and Haverhill.

Rivera called Minicucci a “woman who gets things done."

“Christina lives the values that we want in our elected officials,” Rivera said in a statement. “She’s standing up for students, she’s standing up for women, she’s helping her community develop a clear direction and plan – and she does it all without fanfare. She’s a work-horse, and we need more people like her in government.”

The Lawrence mayor cited Minicucci's work in the community over the years, from her efforts to help draft North Andover's master plan, to her work as a sexual assault hotline volunteer and as a former member of the YWCA board of directors.

“She is among the most diligent people I know. She asks the tough questions, knows the issues and matters in front of her inside and out, and always makes a considered decision,” Rivera said.

He added: “In big ways and small – whether working with her Boy Scout troop or serving on the School Building Committee – Christina strives to improve her community. I want that type of drive and commitment working for us at the Statehouse.”

Minicucci said she's grateful for Rivera's “encouragement and support" and praise the two-term mayor's efforts in Lawrence, the city her family settled in after immigrating to the United States.

“I forward to the opportunity to be a partner in making Lawrence, and the entire Merrimack Valley, better,” she said.

Minicucci will face fellow Democrat and former Methuen city Councilor Lisa Yarid Ferry in the Sept. 4 primary. The winner will take on Republican Ryan Losco of North Andover in the November general election.

Follow Lisa Kashinsky on Twitter @lisakashinsky.

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