WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury):
To the thousands of people I have met on this campaign “trail” (which some days feels more like a race track!),
Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me, taking the time to disagree with me on issues, taking the time out of your busy schedules to take a pamphlet, a phone call, or a moment passing on the sidewalk while I spoke. Over the years here I discovered an important realization, one that was cemented even more over these past few months. Wilmington, Tewksbury, and our shared neighborhoods aren’t “just towns”; they’re homes. Now, after meeting residents who have lived here decades, or in one case only a few days, I cherish the places I grew up more than ever before. I have now heard some wild stories from across the decades, met remarkable people I would have never otherwise met, and learned to appreciate our communities even more.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it my whole life, I owe a great deal to the communities for making me who I am today. Over the past years working under Representative Miceli in the state house I have had some opportunity to return a helping hand to my fellow residents of the 19th Middlesex, paying back for all the times my coaches, teachers, and community leaders put in hours so I could live and grow. Now, I want to continue working for you so those who built our towns may live in comfort, those still working can live an even richer quality of life, and so for those growing up can choose from an even larger bundle of opportunities.
Our towns are at a crossroads, and it is apparent the next few years will not just influence the development of the towns for the coming decades, but far beyond that. Route 38 is overtaxed, our seniors and first-time homebuyers are being priced not just out of town, but out of New England, and despite the red-hot residential market we have vacant commercial markets. What is needed is beyond ideas, what our towns need is action.
As State Representative I would hit the ground running with my previous experience, using my expertise to allocate funding from the state budget, testifying before committees, and drafting legislation. I am blessed to have working relationships with each various department, ranging from the Department of Housing and Economic Development to the Department of Veteran Services to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I know where Tewksbury’s Elementary School project is headed, and I know Wilmington’s urgency to stop Transrail in it’s tracks. I am fortunate to have the knowledge to bring to bare on behalf of both towns, to work everyday to improve the entire district, and to respect and care for both halves as I did serving as Chief of Staff before. I have answered that early morning phone call, arriving at work the next day to help find a detox bed for a family, a lost discharge form for a veteran, or to assist a senior member of community involved in a money scam. This was a reward beyond a paycheck, knowing I helped out a neighbor at the end of their rope with nowhere else to turn, and it was something I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to experience.
I am ready to work and serve, which brings me to ask you, the reader, what I have asked so many residents so far. Will you give me the honor of serving you as your State Representative?
Again, thank you everyone for the wonderful race so far, and for giving me this opportunity.
Remember this coming Tuesday, “Last on the ballot, first in choice.”
David A Robertson
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