STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect David Robertson Issues Statement On Mark Kratman’s Voting History

TEWKSBURY, MA — The campaign for State Rep. Candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) recently issued the following statement after stories were published about Mark Kratman’s voting history in the Lowell Sun and on Wilmington Apple:

The Committee to Elect David Robertson, comprised of residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington, is extremely disappointed to read the allegations against State Representative candidate Mark Kratman.

“Our elected officials are and should be held to a higher moral and ethical standard,” stated Campaign Manager Gary DePalma. “If Mark Kratman cannot be trusted to cast his ballot in the town he resides, how can anyone trust him to honestly and faithfully represent the constituents of the 19th Middlesex District?”

“Our communities of Tewksbury and Wilmington were fortunate to have a strong, dedicated, upstanding, honest Representative for the last 40 years in the late Jim Miceli” DePalma continued. “We deserve that same integrity and transparency from Rep. Miceli’s successor. I am deeply troubled to hear of these allegations again him. Mark Kratman has lost all credibility as a candidate.”

Mr. Kratman, who moved to Tewksbury in 2002, told the Sun he exclusively voted in Boston elections until 2012 because he took care of his mother’s Boston home, contributed to her mortgage, and slept in Boston four to five nights a week because he worked two full-time jobs — 87 hours a week.

“It wasn’t an easy life. I think it’s a non-story and was put out by one of the other candidates,” Kratman told the paper. “Nothing I’ve done is wrong if I’m sleeping at a house and taking care of a home.”

Once Kratman’s mother passed and her home was sold, he began voting in Tewksbury. Read the Sun’s full story HERE.

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2 thoughts

  1. You should vote in the town you live in and if you can’t be there then you arrange for an absentee ballot. The candidate is a state employee in Boston so it stands to reason why he would be motivated to vote in Boston year after year. That aside this statement is a little late as this was news back a few weeks ago. Mr. Robertson should be making his own statement if he wants to be a leader and not hide behind his campaign manager to do so. He seems like a nice kid who was Miceli’s admin and driver and took directives from his boss. Personally, I think he’s a bit young for the position and lacks experience as he has never been an elected official ever and doesn’t have any local town government experience. Run for Selectman and spend a few years there in the district and then go for it.

    1. Young does not make a difference. We have had wonderful reps who were first Aides to some reps who now are running for higher seats.

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