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John Golnik

SHIRLEY — Selectman Kendra Dumont has been selected to serve on the leadership team for Jon Golnik, a Carlisle Republican currently running for Congress.

Dumont, along with Pete Dulchinos, state committeeman for the 3rd Middlesex District, signed on to the campaign earlier this month.

She joins other local leaders who have worked on Golnik’s campaign, including Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke; Susan Smiley, chairwoman of the Lancaster Republican Town Committee; and former state Sen. Mary Padula, who served 32 years as town clerk, tax collector and treasurer in Lunenburg.

Dumont has lived in Shirley and has been a business owner there for more than 15 years. She is the former chairwoman of the Shirley Republican Town Committee and was instrumental in organizing and building the committee.

She’s been involved in other local Massachusetts races, including Kevin Hayes for state representative and Jeff Beatty for U.S. Senate.

“I love Jon Golnik. I’m really a Republican when it comes to money,” said Dumont. “I just think we’re so poorly represented. I think Jen Benson has done a phenomenal job for the town of Shirley. As for Niki Tsongas, I’ve never seen her or met her. I just think Jon is so smart when it comes to money issues and other stuff. I think we need that.”

Golnik said fiscal responsibility is a key point to his campaign.

“We have a strong fight ahead of us as we work to bring true representation and fiscal fairness and freedom back to the people of the 3rd District,” Golnik said in a statement released by his office. “With Kendra and Peter’s help and all the others who have joined our team and expressed support, I know we can achieve this goal. I look forward to Kendra and Peter’s ideas and guidance.”

Dulchinos has served as state committeeman since 2004 and is a member and former chairman of the Chelmsford Republican Town Committee. He spent 20 years as a patent engineer/intellectual property attorney for defense contractor Raytheon Co. He lives in Chelmsford.

Westford Republican Tom Weaver has also announced a Republican campaign for the 3rd Congressional District.

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