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O’Connor Ives and Tarr to Host Senate President and Colleagues in North Andover

Kathleen O'Connor Ives

Kathleen O’Connor Ives

State Senators Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Bruce Tarr will be hosting their Senate colleagues in North Andover on Monday, February 23, 4:00 – 5:15 pm to attend a Commonwealth Conversation focused on: “Challenges and Opportunities in the Small Business Community”

at the Good Day Cafe, 19 High Street, North Andover. 

The Massachusetts State Senate has organized eight days throughout the winter to host Commonwealth Conversations across the state, comprised of roundtables, forums and town hall-style meetings to hear from residents and stakeholders–gathering input on policy and budget priorities. These forums are part of an effort to make government even more accessible and responsive to constituents.  

State Senator Bruce Tarr

State Senator Bruce Tarr

“As the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, I look forward to bringing my colleagues in the Senate to North Andover to speak directly with small business owners and town decision-makers, on how the State Senate can help attract, support and grow small businesses. This discussion will be an excellent opportunity for small business owners to detail their experiences, ask questions and offer suggestions. The long-term goal is to apply what we learn from these conversations to our work at the State House over the two-year session,” said State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives.

“We are beginning this Senate session with one of the most important tasks in government – listening,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).  “Knowing that our communities are facing many issues, we are coming to hear directly about what they are and what we can do about them by working together.  I’m confident that we will learn critical things on this day and this tour that will make our delegation and our Senate more effective and more responsive.”

The stop in North Andover will be the fifth in a day of Commonwealth Conversations, which include earlier stops in Burlington, Melrose, Lynn, and Danvers, concluding with a town hall-style Public Forum at Sal’s Riverwalk, Merrimack Street, Lawrence.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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