Feb 152014

Shelia Harrington

Shelia Harrington

State Representative Sheila Harrington of Groton announced February 14 that she will run for re-election to represent the First Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Her campaign manager, Susan Edgett, issued this news release:

“Since I was first elected in 2010, it has been an honor to represent the people of the First Middlesex District. My top priority has been, and will continue to be, the economy,” Harrington said. “In the past several months, the state unemployment rate has risen sharply, and for the first time since the recession, it is worse than the national rate. Now, more than ever, I’m hearing from voters who are demanding a strong, fiscally conservative leader in the State House who can help craft smart legislation that will jump-start our economy. I have demonstrated through my legislative record that I am that leader.”

Since her re-election in 2012, Representative Harrington has continued to be a strong, sensible voice for the District on economic issues. She fought to end the rampant abuse of the welfare system by supporting tough, but fair reforms to the EBT card system that will save millions in taxpayer funds from going to fraudulent and undeserving individuals.

She is the Ranking Republican on the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, and has been involved in uncovering waste, fraud, and egregious error at the Hinton State Lab, Department of Transitional Assistance, Department for Children and Families, the Department of Public Health, and our State Court System. She continues to fight against government waste by working to repeal the “union-only” Pacheco Law that tacks on millions to the cost of public infrastructure projects every year. She has been instrumental in bringing about reform in each of these errors.

She is also the Ranking Republican on the Joint Committee on Judiciary, and works tirelessly to bring a greater access to justice to the region, as well as supporting appropriate legislation to improve our justice system.

Both in the District and on Beacon Hill, she is a strong supporter of veterans and their organizations, as a member of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee. She was chosen to participate in the Joint Conference Committee currently working to enact the Valor Act II. She also co-founded Operation Patriot Pride, which has enabled her to help veterans and active military families in many ways.

Last summer, during the battle over the Governor’s massive budget, Representative Harrington was the only legislator in the region to vote against massive tax hikes that would have cost Massachusetts families thousands of dollars per year and inhibited growth in technology and employment. Recently, she led the charge among business owners in the Nashoba Valley region to repeal the “Tech Tax” that would have cost software and technology companies in the state millions in lost profit.

“The voters of the First Middlesex District have sent me to the State House twice to be their voice for limited government, lower taxes, and common-sense reform, and I hope they’ll see me as deserving of a third term.”

Representative Harrington will formally kick off her re-election campaign with a Saint Patrick’s Day event in Pepperell on March 17, 2014. The First Middlesex District encompasses parts of Ayer and Devens, and all of Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, and Townsend.