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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