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State Rep. Jim Lyons Announces Re-Election Bid

Dec 02, 2015 10:52PM ● By Bill Gilman

State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover.

State Rep. Jim Lyons, R-Andover, has officially announced his bid for re-election to the State Legislature from the 18th Essex District.
Lyons, first elected in 2012, will be seeking his third term.
On Wednesday, Lyons sent a letter to his supporters, announcing his re-election bid. The letter read, in part:

Dear Friends,

In the coming election year, you will hear many requests for support.  The presidential primary and election will get lots of headlines and attention. It's easy to overlook other campaigns.

That's why I want you to know right now that I am seeking reelection for the office of State Representative in the 18th Essex District - Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury.

Three years ago, our opponents spent over $130,000 to try to silence your voice on Beacon Hill. A "Who's who" of party operatives, Beacon Hill insiders, and special interest groups arrayed themselves against the grassroots of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury. Our towns won that fight due to the hard work and support of friends, neighbors, and volunteers like you.

As we move into the end of 2015, the Beacon Hill power brokers are already gearing up against us and our reform Republican message. They have handpicked a candidate from outside our district and convinced him to move into town for the sole purpose of trying to silence us.

Their machine is doing everything it can to bring about our defeat.  They've already started their fundraising, and begun campaigning throughout the district.  We cannot afford to play catch-up.

I've already begun campaigning.  I have started my door-to-door in our neighborhoods.  I want you to know that I am fully committed to running - and running hard - right up to Election Day next November.

In this busy season, I hope it's not too much of an imposition to ask again for your support. Right now, the Jim Lyons for State Representative campaign needs to raise funds in order to be prepared for an all-out effort.  We know the patronage-wing of the Democrat Party is readying thousands of dollars to pour into this race.  We need to match them dollar for dollar. That won't be an easy task.

With the help of your early backing, this campaign will get off to a strong start. With that goal in mind, our campaign is asking for your help. We need to kick off this effort with a powerful statement.

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