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 Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).
#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?
First and foremost I #BackTheBlue and thank every man and woman in uniform who risk their lives each and every day to keep our communities safe. I’m committed to making sure they have the necessary tools and training and the resources to cope with the stresses of the job.
It’s a tough political climate. We have Senator Elizabeth Warren wanting to abolish ICE and calling our criminal justice system “racist” from front to back. That’s incredibly inflammatory and puts a target on the backs of our law enforcement. We’ve had two Massachusetts officers murdered this year and two more recently shot in Falmouth.
Let me tell you what I’m already doing. I’m the only candidate who has joined the fight to impeach activist judges like Judge Timothy Feeley. These judges are letting career criminals back onto our streets to endanger our communities and making it more difficult for our police. Last week, the House refused to take a vote on Judge Feeley’s impeachment. What does that say about their commitment to protect our streets? As your next State Representative, you can count on me to continue this fight to hold activist judges accountable.
As a Tewksbury taxpayer, I believe public safety is a priority when it comes to spending. I support my having to pay $1.91 per week towards building the new center station.
#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?
I’m endorsed by U.S. Air Force Veteran John MacDonald. John is with Veterans Assisting Veterans and a candidate for State Senate in the First Middlesex District. I look forward to joining him on Beacon Hill so we can make our military heroes a priority.
We can’t do enough for veterans. They belong at the front of the line when it comes to benefits. If they’re not, I’ll speak up and make sure they are. Housing, healthcare, and job opportunities for veterans should be a priority for every elected official in Massachusetts. It will be for me.
While visiting the Moving Wall I had a touching conversation with Mr. Ed Celli. Mr. Celli coached my cousin in soccer for many years (my family has been in Wilmington for nearly 30 years). Mr. Celli has given so much of himself. He’s an inspiration. Thank you for your service Mr. Celli, I hope I get the chance to work with you as State Representative.
My grandfather served in the military in Italy. My fiancé has family members who served in World War II.
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