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 Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington):
To the voters of the 19th Middlesex District,
I can’t believe we’re so close to Primary Election Day and what a journey it has been. First, I’d like to thank you. Thank you for sharing your stories with me, for welcoming me into your homes on rainy days when I was out knocking on doors, for your support, for your constructive criticism, and for listening to my ideas for this district.
I am a proud Progressive Democrat and have been my authentic self during this whole campaign. I am not entrenched in local government, town boards or previous administrations, I am a truly new voice.
I have been honest about my stances on many different issues and am open to hearing differing perspectives. As your State Representative, I would continue to be open, accessible and transparent. I have signed on to a pledge that 14 other female candidates running for office across the Commonwealth have taken to stand for Roll Call Votes and increase transparency on Beacon Hill. I believe that elected officials need to be held accountable by the very people who put them in office. I have also stated that my office would issue a biweekly newsletter that summarized all the bills that came up for a vote, how I voted and why. I would work with local news organizations to be sure this newsletter was published broadly online and in print.
I will fight tirelessly for our working families; making childcare and higher education more accessible and affordable, help our seniors and be sure our students and teachers are supported, safe and have all the resources they need. I will work with the Department of Transportation on our traffic issues across the district and secure funding to finally fix Route 38. As someone who grew up in Wilmington, I want to give back to these communities and make sure the next generation has even more opportunities than I did. With every vote I take and decision I make, I will legislate with current and future generations in mind.
In this race, I accepted endorsements from organizations that aligned closely with my values;Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, Run For Something, First Ask of America, andProgressive Massachusettsand most recently, People For The American Way. I was also recognized as a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action and a candidate with distinction from PlatformWomen. The organizations that have chosen to endorse me believe in my vision and leadership to make effective change on Beacon Hill and have helped me tremendously by providing mentorship and volunteer hours, I have not taken a dime from them financially. I am proud to have run a truly grassroots campaign, with mostly small donations from neighbors, family, friends and supporters who believe in my vision.
We are at a crossroads in our political system and this district stands to be left behind. It is time for a new face, progressive vision and bold voice to represent Wilmington and Tewksbury and I believe that person is me. I kindly and respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday September 4th. Thank you!
Erika Frances Johnson
(My full name as it will appear on the Ballot)
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