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L'Italien Mailers Call Out Lyons on 'Non-Family' Agenda

Candidate in the 18th Essex district Barbara L'Italien sent out mailers to citizens in the district that said incumbent State Rep. Jim Lyons (R-Andover) has an agenda that does not represent the priorities of Merrimack Valley communities.

With the election days away, Barbara L'Italien, challenger for the 18th Essex state rep. seat, sent out some mailers recently that claim that State Rep. Jim Lyons is backed by groups that are anti-equal marriage and anti-choice.

The mailer contains several bullet points explaining the different efforts he had made while a state rep. that do not represent the will of the district.

L'Italien claims Lyons wrote a bill would restrict health insurance coverage to cover counseling for rape victims, supported the restriction of counseling for gay students, supported the elimination of funding for teen pregnancy prevention and supported the elimination of student health services.

The mailer reads:

"When Jim Lyons ran for office two years ago, he claimed he was running to bring balance to Beacon Hill. What he didn't say was that he was motivated and funded by special interest groups dedicated to ending a woman's right to choose, limiting access to contraception, and eliminating laws and programs that keep our families safe."

Lyons did not return a request for comment on the mailer as of deadline.

The 18th Essex District consists of sections of Andover, North Andover, Georgetown, Boxford, Methuen and Haverhill.

Specifically, the 18th Essex includes precincts 1, 7 and 8, of the town of Andover, precinct 2, of the town of Boxford, precinct 2, of the town of Georgetown, precincts 1 and 2 of ward 2, precinct 2 of ward 5, and precinct 2 of ward 7, of the city of Haverhill, precinct 7, of the town of Methuen, and precincts 7 and 8, of the town of North Andover, all in the county of Essex.

UPDATE: Lyons responded about the mailer, calling it a distraction.

"As you may know, I have been campaigning on the economic and fiscal issues," Lyons said. "That is what I have been focusing on and working hard at for the voters, since first being elected two years ago. In my door-to-door campaign, I have the opportunity to listen to what the voters have to say. We talk about increasing Local Aid, rolling back the 25% Sales Tax hike that hurts the Merrimack Valley, and reforming state government so it becomes truly responsive, open, and transparent."

"If my opponent is basing her campaign on an entirely different set of issues, that's her responsibility," Lyons continued. "My opponent can speak for herself."

Jeff Twohig November 02, 2012 at 10:45 PM
HI Brendan, slightly off topic but, am I missing it or do you no longer feature the "How Andover Spent Your Money This Week" feature ? Thanks !
Brendan Lewis November 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Hi Jeff, Yes we are still doing that feature but I've just missed a couple week here and there. The site did have it last week but had been missing it a couple times before that. I hope to start it back up on a regular basis after elections.
Rotbart November 03, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Hde got rid of $100,000. payroll patriot Barbara L'Italien, a great public service.
Jeff Twohig November 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Thanks Brendan ! Jeff
Mike Burns November 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Barabara should go back to her consolation prize , a 100k a year do nothing job, the democrats jury rigged the Essex county districs to try and remove 2 republicans . This state needs more balance , a one party system is rotten to the core.

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