GROTON -- Rep. Sheila Harrington, R-Groton, announced her re-election bid for the First Middlesex District seat in the House on Friday.
First elected in 2010, she would serve her third-term if re-elected.
In a statement released on Friday, Harrington said the economy remains her first priority.
"In the past several months, the state unemployment rate has risen sharply, and for the first time since the recession, it is worse than the national rate. Now, more then ever, I'm hearing from voters who are demanding a strong, fiscally conservative leader in the State House who can help craft smart legislation that will jump-start our economy," Harrington said, adding that she has a demonstrated record of legislative success.
Harrington is the ranking Republican member on the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee and on the Joint Committee on Judiciary. She is also a member of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee.
She noted her achievements include her work on the abuse of the welfare system, uncovering waste, fraud, and egregious error at the Hinton State Lab, Department of Transitional Assistance, Department for Children and Families, the Department of Public Health, and the State Court System.
Harrington plans to formally kick off her re-election campaign with a Saint Patrick's Day event in Pepperell on March 17.
The First Middlesex District encompasses parts of Ayer and Devens, and all of Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, and Townsend.