STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erika Johnson Explains Why She’s Running, Describes Her Political Ideology

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 her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).

#1) Why do you want to be our State Representative? (submitted by Mary Kiesinger of Wilmington)

I want to be the 19th Middlesex District’s State Representative because I believe it is time for a new, innovative, progressive voice in the legislature. I grew up in Wilmington and am so grateful for all the opportunities I had growing up here. With that said, I want to give back to the communities that gave me so much. I will be an outspoken advocate for our communities, I will protect and ensure quality public education for future generations of Wilmington and Tewksbury Students and make Route 38, the heart of our district, a hotbed for economic development by working on traffic issues, safety and the condition of the road.I will work hard on issues most important to constituents and make all decisions with current and future generations in mind.

#2) Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology. (submitted by Danielle Driscoll of Tewksbury)

I would consider myself a liberal in political ideology. I believe:

  • Equal opportunity and Equality for all races, religions, social classes, sexual orientation, gender identity etc.
  • Quality public education
  • Healthcare is a human right
  • Minimum Wage should be a fair, living wage
  • Taking care and protecting society’s most vulnerable
  • A woman has a right to her own body

(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)

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