Incumbent Duffy Messier: My experience helps Pawtucket

Incumbent Duffy Messier: My experience helps Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET - With three of the five House of Representatives members from Pawtucket deciding not to seek re-election, state Rep. Mary Duffy Messier says her five years of Statehouse experience "will be extremely valuable in fighting for state resources for the city."

Messier, the endorsed Democrat for House District 62 in the Sept. 9 primary, said in a release that she will become the most senior member of the Pawtucket delegation if she is re-elected. Reps. Elaine Coderre, William San Bento and J. Patrick O'Neill, with a combined 62 years of service, are not running.

"I have worked closely with the city administration to bring valuable state assistance back to Pawtucket, and my experience will be counted on more than ever with the three veteran legislators leaving the House," she said. "Now is not the time in our city's history, when we need all the help we can obtain from the state, to turn this seat over to a newcomer."

Messier said that unlike her opponent, who is new to Pawtucket, she is a lifelong city resident who knows the needs of the community.

"As a retired teacher, a mother and a grandmother, and as someone who has been involved in civic activities for more than three decades, I am in a strong position to advocate on behalf of the people of Pawtucket," she said.