LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Republican State Committee Candidate Censured by Lowell Republican City Committee

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Editor’s Note: Mary Burns did not return a call seeking comment.

The Lowell Republican City Committee (LRCC), on January 30, unanimously censured member Mary Burns, currently a candidate for Republican State Committeewoman, for making financial contributions to the campaigns of Representatives David Nangle (D – Lowell) and Tom Golden (D – Lowell) in violation of the City Committee’s policy and bylaws.

The bylaws state, “​No member of the Committee shall sponsor, endorse or provide material or in-kind support to any candidate, or otherwise in any way serve the interests of any political party other than the Republican Party with careful exception to Unenrolled candidates that uphold the principles of the Republican Party when no duly registered Republican is nominated for any seat serving the City of Lowell or any of its several Wards.”

On further review of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) reports, it was discovered that Burns had a history of making donations to Democrats. Twenty Democrat candidates received donations from Burns through the years, totaling over $9,000.

Why would a woman funding Democrats run for a Republican leadership role that is supposed to help Republican candidates? This is outrageous.

On further review of the OCPF reports, Burns gave contributions to Westford Democrat Jim Arciero in the 2018 2nd Middlesex State Representative race between Lynch (myself) and incumbent Arciero. Burns contributed a total of $650 in donations to Arciero for his State Representative races.

People wonder why Republicans don’t fare well in races. It’s bad enough when you have Democrats working against you, but Republicans too?! We need to drain the swamp of those Republicans who serve in name only. This State Committee race is a crucial opportunity for us to rid the Party of those who work to hinder our success.

Voters who pick the Republican ballot for the March 3 Presidential Primary will see Kathleen Lynch and Mary Burns running for Republican State Committeewoman in the First Middlesex District which includes Westford, Lowell, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Dunstable. I ask that you choose the candidate who wants to see more REPUBLICANS get elected. – Kathy Lynch, Westford Candidate for Republican State Committeewoman