To the Editor:

I endorse my brother, Sean Butterly, in his bid to regain the 68th District House seat. Sean represented Watertown and Woodbury in the late 1980s. He was a terrific advocate for the needs of our small towns and he worked tirelessly to successfully bring back funds and services to his district. He did not seek reelection as Dinah and his two young boys needed him at home. I respect Sean all the more because he made that sacrifice.

I think the word service is a good word to use when analyzing Sean Butterly’s background and qualifications for office. Our entire family is so proud that our late brother, Brian, served as a young Marine at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the heart of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Eleven years later, I attended Sean’s double graduation from Lafayette College on June 1, 1973. He joined about 500 graduates at his class, earning his bachelor’s degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors. However, I was even more inspired that morning when Sean graduated along with only 16 cadets as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Lafayette College Army ROTC.

My father, William Butterly, Sr., pinned one lieutenant’s bar on his shoulder. His future wife, Dinah, pinned his other bar on that day.

Sean served in the United States Army Reserves for 10 years. He retired as a captain. At one point, he volunteered for and completed Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Warfare School at Ft. Devens Massachusetts.

He is well trained and committed to helping our state and local towns in all contingencies presented by the Covid crisis.

Please join me in voting for Sean on November 3.


Judy Butterly Schmaling


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