As someone involved in local politics for twelve years, and the former news editor for the Tewksbury and Wilmington Town Crier newspapers, I’ve gained perspective on what it takes to be an effective leader. While we are fortunate to have a number of qualified and enthusiastic candidates in Wilmington and Tewksbury, Mark Kratman is the clear choice for our next State Representative. Over my decade with the Town Crier I worked with and wrote about nearly everyone in this race. Most have been long time residents and active in our towns. Each is to be commended for their individual service to their communities and for stepping up to run for this seat – being a candidate is not easy and I have great respect for those that run an honorable campaign. However, Mr. Kratman has been among the most dedicated public servants I’ve been privileged to meet in either community. As editor, I covered his first campaign for Tewksbury Selectman in 2015 and later worked with him on numerous local initiatives.
99 percent of life is showing up, and Mark does just that. Not only attending all of his own Selectmen commitments, including serving on the Lowell Regional Transit Authority, chairing the Economic Development Committee, and the Beautification committee, but also regularly attending the Planning Board, Council on Aging, Board of Health, Conservation Commission, and Finance Committee meetings. He knows what is going on across the town and listens to the concerns of residents – and he has done it from day one – not for election optics. He also belongs to and regularly attends meetings for numerous local organizations. Due to his career with MassDOT and his work as a legislative liaison, he offers our towns the benefit of his robust network of lawmakers which will allow him to hit the ground running. A strong advocate for working families, Mark knows how the middle class is squeezed between raising families, paying mortgages, and caring for aging parents. He knows what it means to work hard. Having worked decades in the private sector as well, he knows the challenges of running a business – and the importance of small businesses within our communities – which is why he is so active in our business organizations as well.
Mr. Kratman is an independent thinker with a proven record of service and has articulated a positive, inclusive vision for the future of our communities. I encourage voters to join with me in electing Mark Kratman in the September 4 primary election and choose a strong, experienced voice for Wilmington and Tewksbury on Beacon Hill.
Jayne Wellman Miller
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