It seems hard to believe that just a few years ago I introduced myself to the Blue Mass Group community when I launched my very first campaign for State Representative. Today, I’m here to announce that I am running for State Senate in the 5th Middlesex District to replace Katherine Clark.
First, I just want to Congratulate Congresswoman-Elect Katherine Clark (it feels great to type that out!) on her victory. I have enjoyed working with her in the Legislature and I know that we can expect great things from her in Washington. Katherine Clark was an excellent Representative, an excellent Senator, and will be a great leader in Congress. She leaves big shoes to fill, but I know that I can bring the same commitment and hard work to the office that I’ve shown as a State Representative.
Working with her, and in my years in the legislature, I’ve learned that hard work, independent leadership, and a commitment to the concerns of local families can produce great results, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished.
For example, I have long been committed to making our communities healthier and reducing the cost of health care. I serve as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, co-founded and serve as the House Chair for the legislature’s Prevention for Health Caucus, and last year, led efforts to create a first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust, which allots $60 million to community-based public health and wellness programs across the Commonwealth.
And I’ve relished delivering results that will help grow Stoneham and my home town of Winchester — as well as the region as a whole. For example, I helped recently secure $2.5 million in state funding for flood mitigation projects in Winchester and $5 million in federal and state funding to construct a Tri-Community Bikeway. I have worked hard not just for my own communities but also the region, and was recognized this past spring by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as “Legislator of the Year” for my focus on smart growth and fostering regional collaboration.
We’ve had great success in Stoneham and Winchester and I’m looking forward to getting to know the families of Malden, Melrose, Reading, and Wakefield as we kick off this campaign for State Senate.
The special election to fill the 5th Middlesex Senate seat is expected to be called for early 2014. This is going to be a quick race, and I would be honored by your advice, your support and your help.
The campaign will officially be having a kickoff in January and I look forward to speaking with you about my positions, my legislative work, and my campaign at that time. In the meantime, you can learn a bit more about me and sign up to volunteer or donate to my campaign at www.electjasonlewis.com.
Thanks so much, and I look forward to earning your support and your vote.