We are enthusiastically writing today in support of Barry Finegold’s bid for re-election to the state senate. He has been a driving force serving the Merrimack Valley for many years, first as our state representative, and secondly and most recently, as our state senator.
We have seen Senator Finegold work for all his constituents and we have been impressed with his diligence, honesty and enthusiasm. In particular Andover has benefited as Finegold has pushed to try to restore funding levels to our town that have been lost over the past few years, particularly in the area of education. He has been an advocate for growth in all the communities he represents by encouraging business development through out of the box thinking. Finegold is not afraid to make the hard choices when it is necessary even if it might not always be the most popular decision.
We have watched Finegold over the course of his political career, both on a local and state level, stand up for what he believes is right. Most recently we have had the pleasure of working with him as we push forward with the Andover Youth Foundation’s initiative to build a youth center in town. A dream long in the making, Finegold was an integral part of our campaign last year as we brought this initiative to a vote at the Special Town Meeting. He helped us build bridges with local officials as we sought out a partnership and worked towards building a collaborative relationship with the town leadership.
This was not the first time he has stood up for the youth in our community. As a state representative, he helped Andover Youth Services and the Andover Youth Foundation secure a three-year grant which helped us to continue to offer and to grow programs for the young people of Andover even though the town budget was tight.