Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 1, 2012

Rivals Lyons, L'Italien face off again, for larger Andover district

Rematch of 2010 race in redrawn 18th Essex

Barbara L’Italien will try to unseat incumbent 18th Essex state Rep. Jim Lyons, the man who beat her in a state representative race two years ago.

While this race is familiar, both candidates are appealing to voters who have not necessarily cast ballots for them before.

Due to a significant redistricting of the town, the majority of Andover is now in a newly drawn 18th Essex, and will vote in this race. People who live in new precincts 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and sub-precincts 7A and 9A will choose between Lyons and L’Italien as their state representative.

Residents who live in precincts 5, 6, 9 and

sub-precinct 9A will vote at the Andover High School Field House on

Shawsheen Road. Those living in precincts 1, 7, sub-precinct 7A and precinct 8 will

vote at the Andover Senior Center on Whittier Court, behind Town Offices on Bartlet Street.

Barbara L’Italien

Democrat

5 Harper Circle, Andover

Age: 51

Nuclear family: Married to Kevin Hall for 26 years. My children are Rudy 22; Allie 20; Samantha 18 and Andrew 15 (Hall). My mother, Claire Sullivan L’Italien, has lived with us since 1994.

Job/occupation: Former elder social worker and legislator

YES/NO QUESTIONS

Do you support Question 1, the so-called Right to Repair bill?

YES

Do you support Question 2, the so-called “Death with Dignity” act?

YES

Do you support Question 3, to legalize medical marijuana?

YES

Do you support an expanded bottle bill, to include items such as juice bottles?

YES

Would you support rolling back state taxes to 5 percent in the foreseeable future?

YES

Should there be a buffer zone around abortion clinics?

YES

Have EBT card reforms done enough?

UNDECIDED

Should students need written permission from parents to see a counselor?

NO

OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS

What is the biggest issue(s) facing Andover and what will you do to address it if returned to office?

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