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Andrews to run for third term

ORANGE — Even though the election is more than a year away, state Rep. Denise Andrews has announced her plans to seek a third term in the Second District House of Representatives seat.

Andrews, an Orange Democrat who survived a Democratic primary race and then won a three-way race for her second two-year term, represents a district centered in Athol and Orange that also includes Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem, Wendell, Royalston, Phillipston, Templeton, Petersham and part of Belchertown.

Speaking at a gathering of supporters Thursday evening, the Orange native and former Procter & Gamble executive said, “I have announced early, because I want to engage people early on to let everyone know of my plans and to seek the support of district residents for my continued service ...”

Andrews said she is “making steady progress toward my 10-year plan to advance and transform this district. My work has and will continue to focus foremost on job creation, excellent constituent services, accessible quality education, renewable resources and vibrant communities.” Andrews credited the “strategic partnerships” that have developed throughout the district, which she said are working in projects in district towns.

Andrews was challenged in last November’s election by Republican Susannah Whipps Lee, an Athol selectman, and by independent Richard Schoeber of Templeton after winning a Democratic primary contest that included Jim White of Phillipston, and Rebecca Bialecki and Genevieve Fraser, both of Orange.

Andrews’ first campaign fundraising dinner will be held Nov. 16 at the American Legion Hall.

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