On October 2nd, 2007, Michael E. Festa stepped down as the Representative of the 32nd Middlesex District in the Massachusettes House of Representatives. Festa became the Executive Secretary of Elder Affairs for the Patrick Administration. As one of the citizens of the 32nd Middlesex, I wish Mike all the best in his new position.
However, this does leave another vacancy in the House that will need to be filled by special election. Speaker DiMasi and Secretary Galvin have not settled upon a schedule for the election yet, so there are no official candidates for the office.
It is my intention to seek the office of Representative of the 32nd Middlesex. I am still determining the shape of my campaign, but as soon as a special election is called, I will be taking papers to collect the 150 signatures needed. I will keep you up to date on my progress on my blog, here, and in other places. [note: edited URL; previous URL will point to campaign website]
If you read my blog and/or listen to my podcast, you no doubt know where I stand on a number of issues. I support marriage equality and will always vote against Constitutional Amendments limiting the rights of gays and lesbians to wed. I support alternative energy projects such as Cape Wind. I oppose Gov. Patrick’s casino plan because the impact of such a plan would far outweigh the benefits.
I support single-payer healthcare, and I think that the plan Massachusetts currently has is going to prove more of a burden to middle income families than a help.
I do not yet have a campaign structure, but I will be working that out in the coming weeks. Thank you for your time, and, potentially, for your support.
Jeffrey Carter Gilson