By John Collins

jcollins@lowellsun.com

DRACUT -- Tony Archinski, a former Dracut police lieutenant, has announced his candidacy for a selectman's seat in the spring election.

In becoming the first candidate of the 2013 municipal election season to formally launch his campaign on Thursday, Archinski said the decision was an easy one, as friends, neighbors and supporters urged him to try again following his close third-place finish behind incumbents John Zimini and Bob Cox in the 2011 election.

"This is something that I have considered for quite some time, as I have always had an interest in local government and a passion for my community," Archinski said. "The time is now to represent the people of our community and their needs. I aim to showcase the leadership skills I've cultivated for decades for the betterment of our town."

This time around, Archinski may find himself up against incumbents George Malliaros and Chairman Cathy Richardson, who are up for reelection, should both decide to run again.

"Although I have respect for the current Board of Selectmen and am not running against any one individual, I possess the skill set to work hard, and the motivation and determination that is necessary to help move the Town of Dracut forward in a positive direction," said Archinski.

Archinski is married with two children. He retired from the Dracut Police Department in 2008 after 32 years of service.


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He currently works as director of administration for the New England Police Benevolent Association.

Fundraising appears to be one of Archinski's strengths as a candidate, as he raised close to $10,000 for his previous campaign. Since then, he's remained active in civic causes, most recently co-chairing the Friends of Greater Lowell Tech's successful effort to secure a $50 million state grant for renovations.

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