Lynn resident Aikaterini 'Katerina' Panagiotakis Koudanis has officially declared her candidacy for 11th Essex District State Representative. Current 11th Essex State Representative Steve Walsh (D) previously announced that he would be resigning in order to take a position as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council on Community Hospitals. The 11th Essex District covers Lynn's Ward 4 Precinct 3, Ward 5 Precinct 1, Ward 5 Precinct 4, Ward 6, Ward 7 as well as the town of Nahant.
In a press release, Panagiotakis Koudanis, who is running as a Democrat, called herself a "political activist and environmentalist who foremost strives to bring improvement with the support of public interest." She goes on to state that her decision to run stems from a desire "to fight for the right changes." Some of Panagiotakis Koudanis's initiatives include:
- Improving government communication with the public
- Petitioning to save Union Hospital
- Clean air and water acts
- Innovated education in public schools
- Increasing public & ‘green’ infrastructure
- Supporting good ‘job creators’
The race for 11th Essex State Rep. is shaping up to be a crowded field with Lynn Councilor At-Large Brendan Crighton in addition to Lynn School Committee members John Ford and Charlie Gallo previously announcing their candidacies for the seat as well.
For more information on Katerina Panagiotakis Koudanis, visit: www.katerina.info