Serving on the Andover Board of Selectmen, I saw first hand the importance of setting aside politics in order to develop responsible policy. Whether it was working with my fellow selectmen, my colleagues on the School Committee, or our representatives in the state legislature, we all understood that despite our differences, we needed to work together to move Andover forward.
During my service I was lucky to have a partner in Barbara L’Italien. As our state representative, she made the effort to regularly communicate with residents and local officials in fighting for the Merrimack Valley.
While it may sound abstract to say that L’Italien communicated, I can not think of a better way to describe her hands-on approach to serving our town. Whether it was regularly attending community meetings, or making herself available for a quick phone conversation, I always knew her to be a legislator who viewed local officials as partners in improving Andover.