Q: Your website touts you as the progressive Democrat in the race. What makes you the progressive choice, as opposed to the other candidates?
I think being the progressive choice means that I bring a unique combination of real-life experience coupled with legislative writing, drafting, and advocacy. I’m not supported by any special interest groups. I don’t owe any political favors, so I will be an independent voice for the will of the people in the legislature. I’ve also got years of pragmatic consensus-building experience, working on legislative issues and meeting with advocacy groups, and drafting and whatnot. I feel like a progressive democrat is somebody who has fewer ties to the political establishment and who’s a consensus builder and who has a unique ability to look at social problems in the course of life and try to figure out how to solve them if it requires a legislative issue or to be involved in unlawful rule-making and to try to stop that, like the Registry of Motor Vehicles in the previous governor’s administration.
For me, and for the people I’ve spoken to in the community, a progressive is somebody whose politics looks forward, who’s young, fresh, new, and who tries to realize solutions. And to keep these solutions moving forward, and try to build consensus. So that for me puts the progress in progressive. Also, advocacy on behalf of those who are most at risk for injustice.
Q: You said that you wanted to seek out solutions. What are the most important problems in this district that require solutions?
Well, I think that we’re looking at serious environmental problems in the world today and in this district, and I think the solution would be real clean energy solutions like the wind project, which is a real clean energy solution. Once that’s built there’s little maintenance, no pollution, and long-term effects.
Q: Do you support Cape Wind?
I support Cape Wind, and I think that it’s a real clean energy solution, unlike some other alternative energy solutions that may use solar energy, may have short term panel or chemicals in them have, in the long term, it’s uncertain how other forms of energy will affect the environment, and I think that Cape Wind is a real clean energy solution, and I like it, and I think that the question is where.
Q: Do you see any opportunities for wind or solar energy in your district?
I do, because off the coast of Charlestown there is. Massachusetts is one of only two states that have an alternative wind project, and it’s a wind turbine that will be developed off the shore of Charlestown, and that’s right in the district. So I’m excited that we’ll have the opportunity to do that, to develop it, and I think that Massachusetts can be a leader in product services and technology worldwide, and something like that will bring interest and investment into Massachusetts, and the technology sector has a great tax base for growing the economy, so I support the governor’s interest in investing a billion dollars in technology.
I think that partnerships with technology companies are not something that requires legislative rulemaking, but requires outreach to companies and incentives for companies to come to Massachusetts. I think we’re on the verge of an era in politics where we have the opportunity for the government to reflect our shared values and I think that developing technology is around the corner in terms of the future.
Q: What would you do to encourage technology companies to come to Massachusetts in general and in particular, to locate in your district?
If possible, I think that tax incentives can be provided, and I think that building relationships with companies that might be considering moving here. Part of it is tax incentives, which is a state issue. Part of it is reaching out and building relationships with companies and bringing them to Massachusetts and introducing them to people in the community and talking about our intellectual capital base and facilitating those relationships to deepen interest in development in Massachusetts.