Democrat and Burlington resident to fill the 21st Middlesex District State Representative seat got a big shot of energy with the endorsement of the seat's outgoing member.
Charles Murphy, who that he would no seek re-election after 16 years of service, announced he was endorsing Fionda in a statement last week.
Fionda is running a sticker campaign for the Sept. 6 primary against fellow Democrats Virginia Mooney and Ken Gordon to get on the ballot for the November election as the Democratic candidate. The ballot will only show Murphy's name, but he is not running, so voters must write-in their choice.
The 21 Middlesex District includes the towns of Burlington, Bedford and Precinct 3 of Wilmington.
Fionda is a Woburn native and 24-year Burlington resident with history of community service. He is also an entrepreneur and a Certified Public Accountant.
"The upcoming primary election is scheduled on September 6 and I ask that you support Dave Fionda who is running to become our district’s next state representative," Murphy said in the statement. "I have known Dave for many years and am excited to endorse his candidacy."
Murphy went on to say that the primary responsibilities of a state representative are simply to help people and be responsive to the needs of the community.
"Based on my knowledge of Dave’s involvement with the community as a coach and town meeting member, to mention only two, and his high level position with the Rotary Club, I am confident that he will accomplish these duties with competence and will be an extremely effective state representative," he said. "Again, I urge you to write in Dave Fionda on your ballot on September 6 because, as General William Tecumseh Sherman stated back in 1884, 'I will not accept if nominated and I will not serve if elected.'"