Former selectman Patrick Reynolds joins field of State Rep. candidates

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Former Selectman Patrick Reynolds cited improving education and supporting small businesses among his goals if elected State Representative. Courtesy photo

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

Patrick Reynolds knows that helping the community recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the first task for the next State Representative, but it’s far from the only one.

Reynolds—who served as selectmen from 2014-2019 and the Bristol County Advisory Board for four years—cited supporting the town’s small businesses, improving education, and helping first responders among his goals if elected. State Rep. Elizabeth Poirier recently announced she would not seek re-election after 22 years in the role.

We need to fight against budget cuts,” said Reynolds.

A lifelong resident of North Attleborough, Reynolds was a leader on the “Unite for North” campaign, which increased funding for our schools and first responders, according to his campaign web site. He also introduced North Attleborough’s first small business tax incentive and was a strong supporter of revitalizing the abandoned factories downtown.

Reynolds said the state and local government have done a good job responding to the pandemic, as have the residents by practicing social distancing and working from home. He’s running as a Democrat, as is fellow candidate and Town Councilor Adam Scanlon. Councilor Michael Lennox is also running.

Reynolds remained involved with the town after his term on the board ended, and said being able to step back gave him a new perspective. He said his time on the board allowed him to make informed decisions on a number of matters and if elected, he would work across party lines to help the community to recover and move forward.

The pandemic shows the leadership we need across the country,” said Reynolds. “We need to put politics aside and results first.”