by Robert Stewart
Incumbent State Representative Sheila Harrington who represents Groton in the First Middlesex District will face a challenge in her expected bid to seek reelection to a sixth term. Harrington, a Republican from Groton, will face her most serious challenge as Deb Busser, a Democrat and also a Groton resident, will announce her candidacy for State Representative on October 5 in Townsend at the Spaulding Memorial School.
Harrington is not expected to face any challenge within the Republican Party and Busser likewise is not expected to face any competition within
the Democratic Party. The two candidates are expected to win their respective party’s nomination and therefore have a clear path to the General or Presidential Election in November 2020.
Busser indicated that some of the issues she would focus on are education, transportation, energy, the environment, healthcare and strengthening our Democracy. Busser has strong ties to the communities in the First Middlesex District. She lived in Dunstable for 17 years and moved to Groton in 2016. She attended both the Groton-Dunstable Regional Schools and the North Middlesex Regional Schools. Busser is a graduate of UMass Lowell and has worked in the financial services area in mutual funds.
The First Middlesex District is made up of the towns of Groton, Dunstable, Townsend, Pepperell, Ashby and Ayer and is one of the few Republican Districts in Massachusetts. The last time a Democrat represented the First Middlesex District was 35 years ago when Bruce Wetherbee served from 1974 to 1984.
Three Republican candidates succeeded Wetherbee – Gusty Hornblower, Robert Hargraves and Sheila Harrington – and combined have represented the First Middlesex District for the past 35 years. Harrington was first elected in 2010 and is currently serving her fifth term as State Representative from the First Middlesex District.
The kick-off rally for Busser’s campaign will take place at Spaulding Memorial School in Townsend on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m