If there were a list of the most dedicated people at the Massachusetts State House, chances are you'd find John Anton and Melissa Reilly on it.
Anton and Reilly, both adults with Down syndrome, are part-time aides in the offices of a pair of local legislators – Anton works in the office of state Rep. Tom Sannicandro, D-Ashland, and Reilly works for state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton. During a joint interview this month in Boston, the pair was eager to talk about their work, both on and off Beacon Hill, and how they got involved in public service.
"I like the work that I'm doing," Anton, a 48-year-old Haverhill resident said. "I live and breathe work and I'm a workaholic when it comes to the work that I do."