WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).
#1) Why do you want to be our State Representative? (submitted by Mary Kiesinger of Wilmington)
I want to be State Representative because I want to give back. I know many people say that they want to, but I owe everything to where I am now to Wilmington and Tewksbury. Growing up in Tewksbury, I had a great education, joined extraordinary sports programs, and participated in several extracurricular activities. As a Boy Scout, I was taught civic duty, leadership, responsibility, and more; which resulted in earning my Eagle Scout Award alongside my best friend. While I refurbished the nature trail behind the Heath Brook School, he built the loading dock at the Wilmington Food Pantry, and together we worked on both projects. As a matter of fact, it was at my ceremony where I asked Representative Miceli for an internship position because of my passion for public service. He said yes, which led to me eventually joining his office for the next ten years in a multitude of roles. Since then, I have solved hundreds of constituent issues, researched and developed legislation, and more. This was wonderful as I was able to assist families, place sons or daughters in detox, help house veterans, or even just help people get their trash picked up or mail delivered. This allowed me to sharpen my community service skills, which I now wish to put toward serving the 19th Middlesex district.
#2) Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology. (submitted by Danielle Driscoll of Tewksbury)
I consider myself a moderate Democrat. Each term above covers a wide spectrum of ideology, so I will specify some of my positions.
I strongly support working with municipalities, in a local role, using state resources to promote local community development and direction as the residents see fit. I support increasing school funding, especially for special needs students, which is the largest portion of both Tewksbury and Wilmington’s budget. I understand the need for affordable housing, but believe it needs to be done in a way that respects the towns. The generations who built Wilmington and Tewksbury are finding it harder to live in our district, and first-time home-buyers are paying record prices. As a moderate Democrat, I believe the state can play a vital role in preserving the housing market and improving development in Metro Boston. I also believe that the state government can play a role in promoting the towns to businesses in a way that makes use of currently dormant or underutilized properties.
As for state-wide issues, I am for internet neutrality, a passionate issue of mine, and believe that the federal government’s decision to reverse it is a slap in the face to consumers and small business owners, who will be extorted by the cable and phone companies for what we already pay for. I am for helping legal immigrants in Massachusetts, but I oppose sanctuary cities and believe it is up to our federal government to create a bipartisan solution to fix our broken system. I am for promoting college opportunities by expanding classes offered to “night schoolers” and improving our state’s 529 savings plans by increasing the tax incentives to encourage savings. The MBTA still suffers from performance issues, and it is clear that Keolis has failed on their promises to increase service and contain costs. While I applaud what the state has done so far to address the opioid crisis, we still suffer from the effects of Heroin and Fetanyl in our communities. More needs to be done educationally to address the realities and dangers of this crisis early on. Most importantly, I oppose raising taxes on the middle and working class and small business owners. Seeing the Boston skyline rise and new companies flock to Massachusetts, it is clear that our economy is growing well, but I feel that assistance to our municipalities, small businesses and families could be improved significantly.
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