A Hamilton selectman has a been named to a top job in Richard Tisei’s campaign.
Jeff Stinson is serving as the political director for Tisei, .
Bill Hudak of Boxford and the two candidates will meet in September’s primary to represent the 6th Congressional District. The winner will face incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney, a Democrat from Salem. in the 2010 election.
Tisei, from Wakefield, is a former State Representative and state Senator who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2010.
Stinson began his campaign job in November and will work for Tisei through the fall election.
“I am in charge of finding volunteers and getting them involved in the campaign,” he said.
Stinson helped open Tisei’s campaign headquarters on Saturday in Lynnfield. The office, in a former Coldwell Banker office at the Goodwin Circle rotary, is right where Lynn, Lynnfield and Peabody all come together just off Route 1 and Route 128.
The 6th Congressional district - which includes Hamilton and Wenham - is made up of 36 cities and towns on the North Shore and a portion of the Merrimack Valley in Essex and Middlesex counties.
Stinson's job with the Tisei campaign is separate from his position as a selectman, but said his campaign for selectmen in 2010 first gave him the “bug” to run for office himself.
“I loved getting to know so many people in my town during the election,” Stinson said. “But more importantly, I am thoroughly enjoying the experience of working for the residents of Hamilton and listening to their concerns.”
He will be balancing the full-time job with his studies – he’s a full time law student at New England School of Law. He will graduate in May.
“I was really thrilled to see Richard step up to the plate,” Stinson said.
Stinson said he was not involved in Tisei’s campaign for lieutenant governor or any of his previous campaigns.
Previously, Stinson had been campaign director for state Sen. Bruce Tarr and legislative aid to state Rep. Brad Hill.
Stinson said he sees a similarity between himself and Tisei.
“I am drawn to candidates who have a similar desire to bring change and work hard for their communities,” he said.
And Stinson and Tisei both began their political careers as young adults. Tisei, when elected as a state representative in 1984, was the youngest Republican ever elected to the House of Representatives. Stinson was elected to the Hamilton Board of Selectmen a year after .