On April 13th, the voters of the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex district will elect their next Democratic candidate for State Senate. As an experienced legislator who has devoted my life to serving the people of Norfolk County in the MA House of Representatives, I have the necessary qualifications to hit the ground running and bring tangible results back to my constituents.
For 21 years I have been casting progressive votes in the State House. I led the charge for Marriage Equality, helped establish our current Health Care system, and fought tirelessly to bring home millions of dollars for our school systems, ensuring that our children get the quality education they deserve.
The assumption that my position as a leader in the State House means that I was in some way involved in the behavior of past Speakers is completely unfounded. I have always valued my independence and fought for the issues that I believe in. I went toe-to-toe with Tommy Finneran in the fight for marriage equality because advocating on behalf of my constituents and staying true to my beliefs has always been my #1 priority.
As a former teacher, member of the Needham School Committee, and with 9 grandchildren in the Needham Public Schools, improving the quality of education for the children of Massachusetts will always be a personal issue to me. I chaired the task force charged with revamping our state’s School Building Assistance law, which allowed for faster payments to cities and towns, hundreds of millions of dollars for new schools and construction jobs in the Norfolk, Middlesex & Bristol Senate district and also increased our savings-in-debt service costs which enhanced our state’s bond rating. I also chaired the special committee that reformed our Special Education Laws, ensuring stronger protections of our families and reducing costs by aligning MA with Federal standards.
The most pressing issue facing our legislature today is putting the people of our Commonwealth back to work. In the past I have been an opponent of casino gambling in MA. Due to the recent downturn in our economy I think we have reached a point that requires us to take another look at this issue. Currently in the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex district, unemployment rates amongst the building trades are greater than 50%. I would be willing to consider passing a casino bill if it adequately protects local aid, provides resources for problem gamblers, and guarantees that jobs go to MA residents.
I am uniquely qualified to tackle the issues sure to arise from national Health Care reform because I was very involved in passing Massachusetts’ current legislation. I understand how to promote legislation and work towards compromise that benefits everyone involved.
I am proud to be endorsed in this campaign by many progressive organizations including Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Massachusetts Nurses Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association, American Federation of Teachers, Local 1199 SEIU, and Local 2222 IBEW.
I ask for your support so that I may continue my work in education, economic development and providing a social safety net. I encourage you to post your questions here.
Candidate for State Senate
Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex
P.S. Great news, just heard that I was also endorsed by Mass NOW!