L’Italien, Lyons gear for rematch– Andover Townsman Campaign Announcement

November election to feature ’10 opponents

By Dustin Luca

It has been nearly two years since Barbara L’Italien lost her bid for a fifth term as state representative for the 18th Essex. She’s been watching current Rep. Jim Lyons ever since.

Lyons has been watching her, too, in her recent position in the state treasurer’s office.

Barbara at the kickoff in Andover

This fall, the two will square off again, as they did in the 2010 general election, when Lyons defeated L’Italien by 1,076 votes.

“I really didn’t expect to run again,” said L’Italien, who had to leave her job as executive director of Government Affairs for the state treasurer’s office to do so. “What spurred me to consider running again was the fact that I was working in State House, so I was able to monitor what the current representative was doing.”

There, she watched as Lyons exhibited what she said is a Tea Party tact of “voting down everything.”

“He’s well outside the mainstream of Republicans, and he was just engaged in these ideological battles which have really isolated him from his own party, and rendered him ineffective,” said L’Italien.

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