Nicholas Iannuzzi, Jr., JD '91 -- Nicholas Iannuzzi, Jr., a Belmont lawyer, will run as an Independent to represent the third district on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council, a body that gives advice to the governor.

“I am running for Governor’s Council because it is time to bring a common sense approach to the important work that needs to be done on behalf of our district and the Commonwealth,” Iannnuzzi said in a statement. “Through my experience as a businessman, attorney, public servant, husband and father, I intend to do just that.”

Iannuzzi is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, and he is a partner at the Needham law firm of Orsi, Arone, Rothenberg, Iannuzzi and Turner, LLP. He has been practicing law for about 20 years.

According to Iannuzzi, he volunteers his time as a family law conciliator for the Middlesex Bar Association. He is also a member of the Belmont Zoning Board of Appeals and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Somerville.

“The real world experience I have with the Massachusetts legal system makes me well qualified for this position,” said Iannuzzi. “I will be a diligent and independent reviewer of the Governor’s recommendations.”

The Massachusetts Governor’s Council provides advice and consent to the Governor of Massachusetts, particularly about judicial nominations, justices of the peace, criminal pardons, and treasury payments.

The Council is comprised of eight councilors representing eight districts. The third district covers several communities, including Belmont, Brookline, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, and parts of Lexington, Wellesley, Cambridge and Boston.

Councilors serve two-year terms. Marilyn M. Petitto Davaney currently represents the third district. Davaney, a Democrat, is running for re-election, and she will face Lowell’s Corey Belanger in the September 14 primary

The general election will take place November 2, 2010.

The Boston Globe, August 5, 2010