PEABODY — An entrepreneur and commander of the Civil Air Patrol at Beverly Airport has high hopes of unseating an entrenched state representative on Beacon Hill.
Republican Tom Lyons, 51, of West Peabody announced yesterday in a press release he plans to run for the 13th Essex District seat held by Democratic state Rep. Ted Speliotis since 1997.
Lyons plans to formally announce his candidacy Feb. 13 at Supino’s Restaurant on Route 1 in Danvers at 7 p.m.
Lyons was raised in Danvers and graduated from Danvers High in 1981. He and his wife, Carolyne, live in West Peabody with their son. The family is active in the community, the press release says.
“I am not a fan of Ted’s politics anymore,” Lyons said in a brief interview yesterday. “I’ve seen too many of these tax increases he has brought forward in the last year or so. I’m disgusted by them.”
Lyons is a licensed master plumber, construction supervisor and oil-burner technician, according to the press release. He started his own plumbing company at 19 and took over the family-owned business, C.K. Lyons Plumbing and Heating Co., in 1986. He retired from plumbing in 2003 and works as an inside sales representative at Peabody Supply Co.
“It’s basically to run against the waste, fraud and abuse in the state,” Lyons said. “I’ve seen too much of that. If the state auditor can find $25 million in waste, that’s $25 million that can be used for other things in the state. The representatives on Beacon Hill are just not representing the working men and women of the district anymore.”
In 1977, Lyons joined the Civil Air Patrol. He holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and serves as commander of the Beverly Composite Squadron.
“Under his leadership, the squadron has trained over 200 cadets in leadership and aerospace education,” says the press release. Lyons said these cadets come from all over the North Shore. He received his pilot’s license in 2001 and flies as a volunteer crew member on search and rescue missions.