By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Outgoing State Rep. Betty Poirier has officially endorsed Town Councilor John Simmons for the 14th Bristol District position.
“I could not be more excited, or proud, to endorse North Attleborough Town Councilor John Simmons to be our next representative in the state legislature,” Poirier said in a statement issued on Sept. 13. “The district has a strong, decades-long tradition of electing candidates who will provide an important balance to a legislature that is dominated by the Democratic Party.”
Simmons, a business owner and active in a number of organizations, is running as the Republican candidate. Town Councilor Michael Lennox also ran as a Republican, but stepped down following the State Primary, citing health concerns. Simmons will face off against Town Councilor Adam Scanlon, who defeated two-term former selectman Patrick Reynolds.
Poirier became state representative in 1999, succeeding her husband Kevin. Earlier this year she announced that she would not seek another term. In addition to her work as a legislator, Poirier has established a traditional of volunteerism and community support in spearheading numerous programs, mostly focused on helping constituents in need.
“John will bring a wealth of important life experiences to the State House as a father, a husband, a small business owner, community volunteer, and government official,” Poirier stated. “These are important experiences that I hope all voters will take into consideration in casting the vote in the general election on November 3. There is no better way someone can represent our district than by drawing upon those same experiences, and at times challenges, we all face.
“Stepping down is never easy, and I am so thankful of the opportunity the voters of the 14th Bristol District have given me these past 20-plus years to serve as your representative,” Poirier continued. “I am also thankful that I can step down with confidence that we will have a strong voice for our district who will carry on a tradition of balanced representation for all citizens of the district.”