State Rep. Harrington Sails to Third Term

Excerpted from The Lowell Sun, November 4, 2014

State Rep. Harrington sails to third term in 1st Middlesex District

Incumbent state Rep. Sheila Harrington will return for a third, two-year term, winning handily over her Democratic rival Tuesday for the 1st Middlesex District.

With unofficial results from four towns giving Harrington a 8,533 to 4,711 lead, Gene Rauhala, a Townsend Democrat, called his opponent less than an hour and a half after the polls closed to congratulate her.

A jubilant Harrington, celebrating with over 60 supporters at Mariano’s in Pepperell, seemed amazed at the number of voters in the district.

“They all got out,” she said.

“I appreciate peoples’ votes and their confidence in me,” she said.

She is prepared to keep on working hard for her constituency.

“I have miles to go before I sleep,” she said, “I appreciate the opportunity.”

A subdued group of Rauhala supporters stood by the candidate at the Townsend House restaurant.

“It was an overwhelming loss for the whole team,” Rauhala said. “What can I say, she whooped me good.”

Harrington’s primary goals as an advocate for the region have been to retain and grow local businesses and to secure more local aid.

She proposed An Act Relative to the Best Interests of Children, intended to change the way child-protection cases are handled. She proposed making it easier for people to access mental-health services.

She has helped with efforts to mitigate the potential impacts of the proposed Kinder Morgan natural-gas pipeline, a hot-button issue in towns across Massachusetts.

As the evening went on, Harrington celebrated her victory with a champagne toast.

She promised good news on the pipeline soon.