DRACUT -- Tony Archinski, a former Dracut police lieutenant, announced his candidacy Tuesday 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, 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.
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 has remained very 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.
Archinski, a Vietnam-era veteran, is married with two children. He retired from the Dracut Police Department in 2008 after 32 years of service. He currently works as Director of Administration for the New England Police Benevolent Association.
In addition to taking an active interest in town government, Archinski said he also makes special time for his spirituality. He is a sitting member of the Parish Pastoral Council of Saint Marguerite D'Youville Parish.
"My background has proven useful in keeping accountable a sincere desire of civic progress. I'm proud of my service to this country, I'm proud of my faith and beliefs and I'm proud to seek this honorable position," Archinski said.
"I believe that my administrative, organizational and personal skills will help me be an effective leader in town government and to foster a positive working relationship within the Board of Selectmen," he added.
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