As one of the six candidates for State Representative in the 10th Suffolk District, I have the most experience, both politically and professionally.
My political experience includes being elected a library trustee chair, the only candidate to have been elected to public office. I authored pending legislation to establish a student voter registration system, which will allow students to register to vote on-campus. I helped win the Bellevue Hill area of West Roxbury in the 1983 mayoral campaign of Dave Finnegan.
I owned a business, developed an 88-acre site on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, and worked in both radio and television. These are some of my professional credentials but I also raised two children, both college graduates. Being a single parent, I know the challenges single mothers face.
My political, civic, and professional experiences make me the ideal choice for State Representative in the 10th Suffolk District. Over the years, I have learned how to listen, negotiate, and compromise when necessary. By authoring the student voter registration bill, I learned to craft verbiage, which would cause the least amount of resistance from members of the legislature. Garnering support for the legislation at the State House is a crucial step for passing the bill.
None of the other candidates come close to my experiences. I know some candidates coached little league. I coached youth soccer but I don’t think that stands as civic involvement that will be of much benefit in the State House. One of my most rewarding civic projects was establishing a reading program for children at the West Roxbury Public Library, which I hope will create lifelong readers, a key to academic success.
I will protect private life choices and fight against all kinds of discrimination now and forever, not only when I am running for office. I will work hard with legislators to
pass a public option at the state level providing a long overdue comprehensive affordable health care system for all citizens. None of the other candidates support a single payer public option.
Candidates Bob Joyce, Ed Coppinger, and Matt Benedetti do not support pro-choice policy. Paul Sullivan and Kelly Tynan say they are pro-choice and pro-equal marriage in spite of the fact that they supported Mike Rush who as State Representative tried to undue the protection of private life choices. Can they be relied on to break with their friends if elected, or will they continue to act expediently to the detriment of private life choices? I give 100% of my time and effort to any endeavor I undertake and as State Representative I will continue to do so. Other candidates seem to think this is a part-time job.
According to a press release earlier this summer, Paul Sullivan accepted a position at the law firm of Gibson and Behman. At the Snow Place forum, he said he turned down offers for more money in the private sector. Will he continue working in some capacity for his law firm?
Ed Coppinger told me that he plans to continue his job full-time. In the forums he said that he works on commission with no base salary, and has to work hard. This indicates that he will have little time left to be even a part-time representative. Benedetti,
Tynan, and Joyce have not indicated publicly if they will work another job.
I am the only candidate who has proposed the creation of a 10th Suffolk District Board Coalition to bring West Roxbury, Brookline, and Roslindale together regularly. Residents will finally have a voice and a permanent place at the problem-solving table. For this purpose we will keep an office in the district and meet face to face to solve problems. For example, if Brookline residents can enjoy a successful urban public high school so can West Roxbury and Roslindale.
To name a few agenda items:
1.Promote a progressive income tax creating a circuit breaker for retirees and average families.
2.Establish public private partnerships with foundations, corporations, and others to maintain public education programs and social services.
3.Vigorously grow our green economy to create jobs now: insulate every home, retrofit every roof, and install energy efficient windows across the state. Retrofitting existing homes provides job opportunities, conserves energy, and protects the environment by not disturbing green space.
4.Create ways for small businesses to thrive: collaborate with landlords and merchants creating artist and organic cooperatives, hold market and gallery strolls, close off main streets during these special events and invite other business owners such as restaurants to participate.
My experience, professional and political, my ideas, and my pledge to be a full time State Representative differentiate me from the other five candidates and make me the best choice for State Representative in the 10th Suffolk District, West Roxbury, Brookline, and Roslindale. Please be informed before Election Day; critically evaluate media messages, and all the candidates’ former and current positions.
We need to establish a transparent governance system in the district and at the State House, engage a civically engaged citizenry, bring back civic education to educate young people how to evaluate media messages. If you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help grow our campaign this weekend, make phone calls, or volunteer on Election Day. (Pamela Julian is the founder and director of the Help StudentsVote! Coalition, principal author of pending civic and student voter registration legislation in Massachusetts, New York and in Congress)
To learn more about our campaign visit www.pamelajulian.com, or contact me or our campaign manager, Sarah Horn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-694-3797.