On Thursday September 6th any BMGers in the 2nd Essex State Senate District (Danvers, Beverly, Peabody, Salem and Topsfield) will have the option of four Democratic candidates seeking our vote for state Senator. There is no question that the candidate that most represents the values of the Democratic Party is John Slattery.
Mr. Slattery has a long and impressive record of fighting for working families and progressive causes. He is the only candidate in the race who has been able to speak with detailed knowledge on issues as wide ranging as the MBTA budget crises, the cost of higher education in Massachusetts, and the impact of Keenan amendment that would have forced local ratepayers to purchase energy from the Footprint facility in Salem even if Footprints rates are above market price. While this effort at corporate socialism was thankfully rejected it was a topic of discussion long enough to highlight a clear policy difference as Mr. Slattery’s opponent, Joan Lovely, unfortunately pledged to support locking in ratepayers to bear the burden of protecting Footprint from market forces.
As a former state Representative Mr. Slattery is the only candidate in the race with legislative experience, he will be able to hit the ground running on day one. This will be a huge benefit to the people of the 2nd Essex that will be losing a three decade legislative powerhouse with the retirement of Senator Fred Berry. The retirement of Sen. Berry will be a bit of a body blow to the 2nd Essex and we can’t afford to elect someone that will need on the job training. During his time as a state Representative Mr. Slattery was able to build coalitions and relationships that led to Mr. Slattery taking the lead in getting the 1998 assault weapons bill passed.
Mr. Slattery’s long standing support of working families has led to endorsements by several local police and firefighters Unions as well as the backing of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Massachusetts Nurses Association. He has pledged to be a voice for students and their parents who are struggling to pay for higher education. Mr. Slattery will also ensure that the MBTA will not balance their budget on the backs of those that can afford it the least – working families and senior citizens.
For more information on John Slattery the Salem News recently published a fantastic biographical article that I hope you all take a look at: http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1011133334/Slattery-wants-to-look-out-for-middle-class
None of the other candidates in the race have displayed the commitment to true Democratic values that Mr. Slattery has and I urge all of you that live in the 2nd Essex to vote for John Slattery on Thursday September 6th. That being said, as turn out is going to be unfortunately low on Thursday I hope you all vote no matter who your candidate is as your vote will count a lot relative to the tiny numbers that will be showing up. Get out and vote!