A VOTER’S GUIDE To Democratic State Rep. Candidate Mike McCoy

WILMINGTON, MA — Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) is one of the five Democratic candidates competing in the September 4 primary election for the 19th Middlesex State Representative seat.

Below are Mike Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple, along with links to his supporters’ letters to the editor; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video), Your Tewksbury Today (audio), the Town Crier (written), and Wilmington Patch (written); a copy of his campaign finance report; and his website; followed by his “Closing Argument” to the voters.

On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)

Why do you want to be our State Representative? 

I would like to be our next state representative for several reasons, however, I’ll just name a few. I love being in the people business. My life’s mission is and always has been helping people. Public service is in my blood.

Holding the office of Massachusetts State Representative is an awesome responsibility. To be successful, a candidate must not only possess vast knowledge and experience, but also also he/she must be capable of continuously feeling the pulse of the people he/she is representing. Over the past 28 years that I have spent in the office of selectman, I have volunteered to help social and charitable organizations, and spent countless hours inside of and in front of the Wilmington Market Basket interacting with valued constituents. As the original owner of Michael’s Place Restaurant in Wilmington (which I opened in 1984 and sold in 2015), I donated tens of thousands of dollars to the various local charities, churches and sports teams, not to mention donating two pizzas every week for 30 years to the Wilmington Food Pantry.

If you were to ask me to identify the two most critical attributes of an effective elected official, I would say without reservation that they are listening and compassion. My concerns for the needs and expectations of my constituents is the motivational fuel that energizes me on a daily basis.

When the public is making their critical choice on who will best represent them, they should look for “differentiators”. So you may ask, “What makes Mike McCoy different from the rest of the pack?” When we think of politicians, frequently we conjure up an image of somebody who will try to be all things to all people. They sometimes exist to serve their own best interests and take care of their friends and those who funded their campaign. If you know me, you know that my sole allegiance is to my constituents. I have no i.o.u.’s to those who funded my campaign because my campaign is self-funded. Over the years I have made political enemies, which goes to show I’ve stood up for what I believe is right. Sometimes it is easier to go with the flow and side with “the connected few.” Sorry folks, that’s not my style. I will gladly go against the flow every day of the week if it benefits those residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington that I am proud to represent.

When you are deciding who will be your next state representative, please consider my track record of leadership, caring and success.

Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology.

The short answer to your question is that I am a moderate democrat. The more considered response will take a bit longer. In America, we are blessed with a “representative” form of government. I take that quite literally. All too often elected officials represent their personal agenda and the agendas of their contributors and cronies. Why do Fortune 500 companies contribute millions of dollars to politicians every year? Certainly not to represent the best interests of the people who put them in office. It is sad, but all too often the system does not work as intended. If I am fortunate enough to earn your vote and get elected, I will represent your best interests. For 28 years I have self-funded all of my selectmen campaign elections. I have never once taken a single penny as a campaign donation from anyone leaving me free to cast votes from my own conscience and to cast my votes for the residents who voted me into my seat time and time again. My campaign for state representative will be no different. I will self-fund this campaign as well, once again leaving me free to vote on behalf of my constituents in Tewksbury and Wilmington. I am accountable to my constituency and the guy that I see every morning in the mirror. My beliefs and political ideology take a back seat to the issues and concerns of those good people who put me in office. The number one task on my job description is to REPRESENT the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington.

In my 28 years as a Wilmington Selectman, the residents have come to know that I am at their beckon call 24/7. If elected, I pledge to maintain open access for my constituency. My game plan includes sponsoring regular Focus Groups for both residents and businesses. During these sessions we will aim to capture and prioritize those issues that represent the wishes and concerns of the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington. Those issues and concerns will drive my agenda on Beacon Hill. It’s as simple as that.

One more thought on my political ideology; in all of my 28 years as an elected member of the Wilmington Board of Selectman, I’ve learned political compromise. It doesn’t matter if you’re democrat, republican or independent. If someone has a better idea than you do, and it makes sense, why not embrace it? After all, we are trying to do what’s best for our citizens, and if our citizens benefit as a whole, that’s what it’s all about. Party affiliations do not define a candidate: principles, platform, experience, and track-record do. I will always vote for the person, not the party. On Election Day, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, I ask you to do the same.

What is your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? When, if ever, should a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights be curtailed? Do you consider yourself a pro 2ndAmendment candidate?

Some may say never. However, there are valid reasons that individuals who should not be able to seek a gun permit, and to bear arms. The biggest disease in this country is not cancer, aids, diabetes or even obesity, just to name a few. The biggest disease in this country is mental illness. Modern society has changed considerably from the 1700’s when the second amendment was enacted. When you look at all the school shootings; Parkland (17 dead), Columbine (13 dead), Sandy Hook Elementary (27 dead) and Virginia Tech (33 dead), just to name a few. Recently we were horrified to see a mass shooting in Las Vegas where we were hit close to home losing a Tewksbury native at an outdoor concert. These are unacceptable and unnecessary American tragedies. It simply cannot continue.

An immediate effective action is called for. We seemed to solve the issues at airports since 9/11. We need to stop this craziness in America when it comes to these senseless school shootings. We can’t look into a crystal ball, however, if there are signs of instability such as posting threatening or questionable behaviors on social media and within their community in their day to day lives, if you see something, say something. Law enforcement should be notified as soon as possible so that these individuals may lose their second amendment rights after a complete professional evaluation of their mental and emotional stability.

Do you consider yourself a pro-second amendment candidate?

Yes, but with certain conditions:
1. Extensive background checks from our local police departments so that we keep firearms out of the hands who shouldn’t have them.
2. We need mandatory firearm training and certification so that we can be certain that those law-abiding citizens who possess firearms know how to use them responsibly.
3. Make sure we always ban any device that would convert a semi-automatic weapon to a fully-automatic weapon.
4. A mandatory 90-day waiting period to purchase a firearm.

If we were to implement these common sense measures, we could preserve our second amendment rights to bear arms and protect our families and our homes.

Do you support capital punishment? When, if ever, should a person convicted of a crime be put to death by its government? Would you support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts?

Yes, I support capital punishment.

I graduated from college with a master’s degree in criminal justice. Accordingly, I have done considerable research on this issue. It has always been my belief that we need to have the death penalty as a viable deterrent for violent criminals. Not only should the death penalty apply to those criminals who brutally kill our men and women who put the uniform on every day as police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s, but also should apply to those who kill any citizen. If someone rapes and kills a member of my family or your family, the death penalty should apply.

The last executions were gangsters Phillip Bellino and Edward Gertson on May 9, 1947, for the murder of Robert Williams, a former U.S. Marine. Both were executed via electric chair. Since that time, our state has not become a kinder, gentler place. I am a compassionate man with deep respect for the sanctity of human life. However, my compassion extends to the victims as well as their friends and families. When I think of a monster like Dzhokar Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon bomber), I am convinced some people do not deserve to live.

As your state representative, the safety, security and well-being of my constituents is the most important task in my job description. I truly believe my position on capital punishment supports that belief. As always, if you disagree with my position, I am happy to consider your reasons why.

Yes, I would support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts.

How big a problem is illegal immigration in Massachusetts? What, if anything, should the legislature be doing to curb illegal immigration? Do you support or oppose Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state?

If you’re not a Native American, your ancestors were immigrants. America was “The Great Melting Pot”. Our country was built by immigrants. In fact my grandfather, Vincenzo Miceli, immigrated here from Sicily. My other three grandparents were all born here, but their parents were not. Nothing was handed to them and they worked very hard and rightfully earned everything they had. Responsible immigration is a good thing. It would be hypocritical of me to believe or say anything else. During the early 1900’s most of the immigrant population were from Europe. They came into this country through Ellis Island in New York. There they were detained, had their papers checked and were carefully screened for infectious diseases.

In the post-World War II era, the immigration laws were revised. Immigrants needed sponsors. Sponsors were responsible for the financial well-being of the person coming to our shores. Immigrants needed to have skills deemed necessary to the American economic engine. Back then and now there has always been and continues to be constitutionally guaranteed refuge for those people suffering from persecution and fearing for the lives of themselves and family members.

While I believe immigration is an American cornerstone principle, it does need an adjective preceding it; that word is “Responsible”. Any sovereign nation needs borders. The country owes it to its citizens to deter open borders and ensure that people entering our country are doing so in a responsible manner. Our country is 30 trillion dollars in debt. That debt is growing daily at an an alarming rate. Compassion has to take a back seat to logic. This is unsustainable. Many of undocumented immigrants require public assistance in the forms of welfare payments, public housing assistance, EBT cards and healthcare. Additionally, the taxpayer has to shoulder the responsibilities to educate the children of undocumented immigrants and provide the additional infrastructure to support the increase in population.

Diseases once believed to be eradicated including TB, smallpox, measles, polio, mumps, whooping cough, scarlet fever and even bubonic plague are making their way back into America due to the influx of undocumented immigrants. Remember Ellis Island where people were detained, carefully screened and checked for infectious diseases? This now constitutes a very serious threat to the American population. It is a clear and present danger.

America has always been and will continue to be a compassionate and accepting nation. Most of the undocumented immigrants are good hard-working people who want the “American Dream” for themselves and their families. No one can fault them for that. However, now is the time to examine and reform our immigration policies for the greater good of America and her citizens.

I oppose Massachusetts becoming a sanctuary state. We are a nation of laws. Cities should not be able to pick and choose which ones they wish to follow. If mayors of certain cities in Massachusetts wish to grant sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, technically the mayors are breaking the law. They are aiding and abetting undocumented immigrants.

Do you consider yourself a pro-choice candidate or a pro-life candidate? Under what circumstances, if any, should abortion be legal?

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S.113 is a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions. The court ruled 7-2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Accordingly the legality of the abortion issue is settled law. Future decisions of the legality of abortions will be made by the U.S. Supreme Court, not by Beacon Hill.

Like everyone in America, I have a position on the abortion issue. However, if I am elected to the office of state representative, my job is not to advance my personal agenda and issues; it is to represent you and your concerns. I believe that abortion is an individual decision that is driven by one’s beliefs and conscience. My position on this issue is irrelevant, so says the United States Supreme Court.

What will you do as State Representative to help individuals and families in Tewksbury, Wilmington and beyond who are struggling as a result of the opioid epidemic? 

The opioid epidemic is clearly one of the most significant issues facing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today. In 2016 we lost 2149 of our friends, relatives and neighbors to this plague. The National Institute of Health estimates a 700 Billion dollar annual cost of opioid addiction in America. It would be difficult to find a family who has not felt the painful sting of this curse on our nation.

Federal and state governments have responded in a predictable and well-intended fashion. They are providing funding to combat the epidemic. While this is noble and at first glance seems like a good idea, it needs work to achieve the expected outcome. “Throwing money at a problem” rarely fixes it. As history has repeatedly demonstrated, this simplistic approach can frequently make a bad situation worse. It may promote “Band-Aid” fixes that fail to deal with root cause issues.

In North Wilmington and more recently in Falmouth, there has been a lot of turmoil regarding the placement of detox facilities adjacent to residential areas. This is a prime example of how ill-thought out solutions driven by compassion have created a problem that did not exist before. Last year I took up the cause of the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington to develop a “Win-Win” solution for the residents as well as the victims of the opioid epidemic. The proposed location for a drug/alcohol detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue suits neither the best interests of the area residents nor the victims. Proximity to a residential area raises statistically substantiated concerns about safety. National real-estate numbers would project a 17% decrease in property values. From a patient perspective, the location is not serene and quiet. Middlesex Avenue is well-traveled and the railroad tracks that abut the proposed site also generate noise 24/7. There is a bar and store that sells liquor just across the street. At my suggestion, the Concerned Citizens requested a special town meeting sponsoring an article that will allow detox and medical facilities into previously restricted highway and general industrial zones subject to a special permit from the local board of appeals. These areas are more isolated, quieter, and much more conducive to treatment. The article also protects residential areas. I like “Win-Win” solutions.

Another problem that has developed with the influx of government funds is people seeing a way to make a “Fast-Buck”. Florida has seen the worst of it. As an example, in 2016, CIGNA Insurance pulled out of the Florida Health Insurance Exchange citing an exponential increase in fraudulent and abusive care delivery practices in 2015. Most of the facilities are well-run and legitimate. Sadly, the amount of funding available draws charlatans into the detox and rehabilitation industry. As a MA State Representative, high on my list of priorities will be to better regulate this industry and provide strict regulations and watchdog oversite of this new, but burgeoning, industry.

I have researched the opioid and consulted with subject matter professionals. I have come to the conclusion that there is no single magic bullet. Several years ago Governor Baker said that the opioid epidemic is a multi-faceted problem. The Falmouth Police Chief, Ed Dunne, said, “The opioid epidemic is not a police problem. It is a community problem.” Both of these gentlemen have hit the proverbial nail on the head.

Accordingly, I advocate for broad-based community coalitions developing and implementing realistic, multifaceted plans of attack to identify the root cause issues fueling the epidemic and to develop solutions that will mitigate this plague. The coalition may include subject matter experts from law enforcement, health care, social workers, EMT’s, other first responders, rehabilitation experts, local government officials, clergy and victims to include family members. The coalition should have one vision and mission statement, but beyond that, form action teams to develop and implement plans in teams of subject matter experts with complementing training and experience. From my perspective, the crisis is broken into two major components: Supply and demand. Supply side issues to be addressed by action teams may include illegal supply (the sale and illegal distribution of opioids) and legal supply (addiction fueled by legally prescribed opioids). Drug dealers need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law rather than just a slap on the wrist. From a demand standpoint, action teams may include community education, drug awareness in schools, increasing awareness in medical professionals, helping those in rehabilitation and partnering with other MA based coalitions for best-practice research.

It is my hope and belief that with the right leadership on Beacon Hill, we can formulate legislation that will ensure effective health care delivery to the victims of this epidemic while ensuring a fiscally sound and responsible community-based solution.

What will you do as State Representative to help attract and maintain small and large businesses in Wilmington and Tewksbury? Do you consider yourself a business-friendly candidate? Why?

Local and regional economic development is essential to the business engine of the Wilmington/Tewksbury area. There is much to be done and opportunities to be leveraged in this arena. However, as I have mentioned in previous responses, our economic development strategy cannot be haphazard. It must be well thought-out, fueling responsible growth while safeguarding the best interests of the residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury. The Planning Boards of both towns really need to take a hard look and do a better job when it comes to development that abut residential areas and affect the towns overall character of both communities. It’s unfortunate that citizens sometimes have to take matters into their own hands whether it’s calling for a special town meeting, or attending various board meetings in great numbers in hopes of getting input into the decisions of their own boards which are supposed to be making decisions in the best interest of all the residents of the community rather than just a select few. Striking a healthy balance is crucial. Ask anybody who has spent way too much time sitting in traffic on Route 38 or 62. A well-considered strategy will strengthen local government revenue and provide great employment opportunities for the residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury.

If I am fortunate enough to be voted your state representative, I will be instrumental in leveraging the workforce training fund program, which is a Massachusetts based program that helps address business productivity and competitiveness by providing resources to Massachusetts businesses fund training for current and newly-hired employees. It can help existing businesses in the Wilmington/Tewksbury business community become more profitable and competitive through increased effectiveness and efficiency. As state representative, increasing awareness of this program will be high on my “to-do list”.

I will work on the formation of an Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC). EDIC’s are quasi-public entities established by a municipality either through Chapter 121C of the Massachusetts General Law or through a special act of the legislature through home-rule petition. I am advocating for the creation of a Wilmington/Tewksbury EDIC. The mission of this organization would be to stimulate economic development and expand employment opportunities for the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury in accordance with the town’s approved economic development plans. As a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, I did support the economic development plan of our tri-town off Ballardvale Street in Wilmington which consists of Wilmington, Tewksbury and Andover. This was accomplished by local, state and federal factions of government over a decade ago. With all three towns working together, economic growth of Ballardvale Street was achieved. Because of the improvement of Ballardvale Street, we were able to relocate a newer, and better accessible exit off of Route 93 near the Ballardvale Street/Target area.

Yes. My main reason is that businesses help subsidize the residential tax rate. Without business and industry, our residential tax rate would be considerably higher than they are today. As a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, I’ve always voted the maximum tax shift upon the commercial businesses. By doing so, this gives residents of Wilmington a better and more affordable residential property tax bill. That being said, we need to be cautious and very careful of how we develop our community because the last thing we want to do is turn our two great towns into cities.

Last year, there was a controversial bill in which members of the state legislature voted to give themselves large raises (up to to 45% in some cases), and included judicial raises in the bill so that the voters couldn’t potentially override the bill in a ballot question. The salary increases for elected officials came at a time where taxes were increasing and certain services were being cut. As state representative, how would you vote on such a matter? (Mind you, members of the New Hampshire state legislature earn only $200 per year.) Additionally, if elected, do you intend on working a second job or will you focus fully on your legislator position?

Last year, there was a controversial bill in which members of the state legislature voted to give themselves large raises (up to 45% in some cases), and included judicial raises in the bill so that the voters couldn’t potentially override the bill in a ballot question. The salary increases for elected officials came at a time where taxes were increasing and certain services were bring cut. As state representative, how would you vote on such a matter? (Mind you, members of the New Hampshire state legislature earn only $200 per year.) Additionally, if elected, do you intend on working a second job or will you focus fully on your legislator position?

Had I been elected state representative, I would have voted against the pay raise. All the state representatives that voted themselves a pay raise should be ashamed of themselves. How can you control checks and balances if you have that kind of power? Interestingly, this vote was taken when the New England Patriots were on their way to hopefully another Super Bowl victory (sadly, that victory didn’t happen). At that time, all the media and Pats fans (all of us, right?) were focused on the Pats.

What motivates me as a selectman is simply the need to perform public service. This is the thought that I wake up to every morning and energizes me well into the late evening hours. It’s a pity that the smart engineers at M.I.T. haven’t yet invented a “political motivation meter”. A candidate would insert his or her finger into the meter and a needle would point to: Financial security, power/influence or public service. It would make the selection process much easier and more reliable for the voting public. Until such an invention exists, the next best thing would be examining each candidate’s track record. Here is mine:

  • For the past 30 years, I have funded my own campaigns. The only people to whom I am accountable is the guy I see every morning in the mirror and the voters who put me in office, and I am also self-funding this state representative campaign.
  • As a Wilmington selectman for 28 years, my annual salary has been $250/year. Considering my actual expenses and self-financing of all my campaigns, this is considerable net loss every year. I am definitely not in this for financial gain.
  • As a selectman, I have worked day and night championing causes for individuals and groups of residents.
  • I have been approached by several special interest groups pledging the support of their constituency group on the condition that I support their agendas. I did not take the bait. My allegiance is to you, the citizens of the 19th district of Tewksbury and Wilmington.
  • The “Wilmington Town Machine” is not likely to give me “Selectman of the year” award because I call them out when I see something that shouldn’t be happening. As a selectman, I do not believe in going along to get along. I have and will continue to take on developers as well as elected and appointed town officials all alone when I believe a cause is just.

If I am fortunate enough to get your vote, I will:

  • Not treat the State Representative position as a part time job. I am a retired successful business owner. My constituents deserve and will have a full-time State Representative looking out for your best interests 24/7.
  • Refuse to support any additional pay raises for State Representative.
  • Donate the last pay increase and divide it equally between the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury to help fund their respective food pantries.

I do not need that “political motivation meter”. If you know me, you know why. If you don’t know me, ask one of the thousands of residents that I have helped over the years.

My sole job and ONLY job will be representing the good folks of Tewksbury and Wilmington as your State Representative FULL-TIME. Is it no secret that I am Jim Miceli’s nephew. I worked tirelessly with my Uncle to help him get elected as State Representative when Tewksbury first became part of the district. During the 1980’s, I visited the State House with him many times. I met the then Speaker of the House George Kevarian. As my Uncle took me on tours through the State House, he said “See those offices that those state reps are working in? Several of them are lawyers, financial brokers, and realtors. They double dip. They run their private businesses out of their State House offices. What a nice little gig they have.” If you elect me as your State Representative, that will NEVER happen. The only business that would be taking place in my State House office will be for STATE BUSINESS ONLY. PERIOD.

The late Representative Miceli fought hard on environmental issues. Even though the Olin Superfund site, the Maple Meadow Landfill, and the New England Transrail project were not in his district, he went to bat for the Wilmington residents to help in the detrimental impacts from these sites. Do you have a clear knowledge of the threats from these sites and even though not in your district, will you fight for the residents of Wilmington like Jim Miceli did?

I absolutely will. The most important meeting ever in the history of the Town of Wilmington relative to the polluted Olin Superfund site, and the New England Transrail Project, was on October 25, 2016 at the Wilmington Middle School before the Federal Agency known as the Surface Transportation Board. Their function oversees transrail in this country. As far as elected officials speaking and giving testimony opposed to allowing New England Transrail to be brought onto the site, was my uncle, State Representative Jim Miceli, Representative Ken Gordon, and myself. I was the ONLY selectman in the Town of Wilmington to testify in opposition. The federal government couldn’t have made it any easier for someone to testify; this meeting was advertised for months, and it was right here in Wilmington. We then took that information from that testimony, along with information from Geo-Insight which was hired by the town as consultants back in 2003, and gave it to our federal delegation to see if they could help.

My quick answer: Even though Precinct 3 in Wilmington was not part of my Uncle’s District, like him, I will most certainly continue to fight against Olin and New England Transrail. I have already met with the residents living in Precinct 3 and reassured them that even though they can’t vote for me, they can count on my support. Just take a ride through that part of town where Olin is located and you’ll see my signs for State Rep all over the place. Precinct 3 residents know I’ve always had their backs and always will. As I have been campaigning in front of Market Basket in Tewksbury, several residents told me in discussion that Precinct 3 and Precinct 3A of Tewksbury is not part of my Uncle’s district. I reassured those residents, as I tell you now, I will continue to fight for and represent Precincts 3 and 3A at the State House.

Do I have a clear knowledge of the threats from these sites?

Olin Chemical, a 53 acre facility at 51 Eames Street in Wilmington, MA, made specialty chemicals for the rubber and plastics industry until it closed down in 1986. On-site waste disposal practices have resulted in groundwater contamination both on and off site and in late 2002, led to the closure of town drinking water supply wells. The Olin Chemical Superfund Site includes areas that have been impacted as the result of former manufacturing activities. In 2003, the Town of Wilmington closed their municipal supply wells in the Maple Meadow Brook Aquifer due to chemicals released from the Olin Site. The site was finalized on the national Priorities List in April 2006. This information is from the EPA website.

Wilmington closed five of the nine wells in the Maple Meadow Brook Aquifer 2003 because NDMA was tested for. At that time, the water supply was already shut down to limit the amount of contamination which was being inducted from the Olin Plume.

There is far too much to say here, and sadly I could go on for another ten pages. Let me just say that the fight against Olin is far from over and if elected as your State Representative, I’ll be there for every step along the way. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee; Martha Stevenson and Suzanne Sullivan, just to name a few of the members, for their tireless work to spotlight so many of the ongoing environmental issues and the EPA has even acknowledged them for their hard work.

Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed? How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases? Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?

Yes. Just this week I heard a Washington politician say “Cutting taxes is easy, reducing spending is difficult!” There is a lot of truth in that sentence. All of my political career I have been a fiscal conservative. Our State Representatives and Senators are guardians of the public coffers. This is an awesome responsibility. To manager that, we must look our for the best interests of the taxpayers while judiciously spending public funds to ensure proper functioning of the government and the effective and efficient delivery of services to the public. Unfortunately, our legislature has a less than sterling track-record in this arena. Examples of violation of public trust, waste, fraud, and abuse include:

  • Three Massachusetts Speakers of the House were convicted for corruption and related charges, one of which served jail time.
  • The corruption and bribery convictions of Representative Diane Wilkerson (tucked bribe money into her bra). This betrayal of public public trust short-cuts the system and usually short-changes the taxpayers.
  • In December 2017, Senator Brian Joyce (coffee guy) was indicted by a Federal grand jury on charges that he collected over $1 million in bribes and kickbacks that he laundered through his law office and another personal business. The 102-page indictment accuses Joyce of turning his law office into a criminal enterprise, going to far as to accept hundreds of pounds of free coffee from a local Dunkin’ Donuts’ owner. Acting United States Attorney William Weinreb stated ; “Brian Joyce represented over 100,000 Massachusetts citizens in the state Legislature,” he told reporters. “He had a duty to serve them honestly, and he violated that duty by accepting bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official action.”
  • The state’s latest overtime scandal.
  • The mismanagement of DCS. Despite extravagant funding, our children are dying from gross incompetence.
  • For years the State Legislature has increased the gas tax and maintained the Mass Pike tolls despite a promise to remove them when the Pike was paid off. The reason for this burden on the taxpayer was a commitment to improve roads and bridges. That never happened.
  • The “Big-Dig”. Enough said.
  • Parking lot attendants at Logan making $100,000 per year.
  • Last year the Mass DOT spent $100,000 on a no-bid contract to install a very small bathroom with one small sink and one toilet off of an executive conference room. Just across the hall are large, modern, clean restroom facilities. The reason for this overpriced piece of plumbing was so that the executives could avoid contact with the public during meetings. This was wrong on so many levels.
  • Several winters ago, the MBTA experienced multiple and significant system failures despite lavish funding.

These are only a few of the hundreds of embarrassing examples of failure of the legislature and elected officials abandoning their solemn duty to ensure fiscal responsibility. The taxpayers deserve more and have every right to be angry with the status quo.

What would Mike McCoy do to change the system?

  • Create legislation that would mandate every state agency to hold a facilitated session with agency officials to brainstorm “Things they can do to cut spending and things they can do to increase revenues.” These lists would be prioritized. Action plans would be created for the ideas with the most potential. These lists will be submitted to and implementation monitored by Administration and Finance.
  • Institute a “Whistle-Blower” protection and reward system for people finding and reporting fraud, waste and abuse in state government.
  • Make the Comptroller’s Office responsible for actively investigating waste, fraud and abuse and working in concert with the Attorney General’s office for prosecution as appropriate.
  • Ensure all agencies have collected any taxes, fees and or fines due to the state.
  • Explore combining agencies with similar functions to reduce operations costs without compromising the mission of the organization.
  • Create a Federal Grants office with a small staff. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grant monies available to state agencies. There is a lot of fruit on that tree but sadly, much of it goes unharvested. This office would explore grand funding opportunities, connect those opportunities to the right state agencies and professional grant writers would write the grant application. This will lessen the burden on MA taxpayers.

As long as we have examples like the ones cited above, we have no business asking the MA taxpayers to reach deeper into their wallets. Some may call these examples “Problems”. I see them as “Opportunities”. In short, there are plenty of things that government can do to increase revenue, effectiveness and efficiency before we further burden the taxpaying public lets try that before raising anyone’s taxes. It is the responsible thing to do.

Waste, Fraud and Abuse Examples

In my response, I have addressed waste, fraud and abuse. These are government terms. Since we don’t all work for the government, I though that it may be helpful to supply examples of each to ensure understanding:

  • A state official gives a high paying job to a family member: This is a clear “ABUSE” of power
  • A state official padding an expense submission or using their office in the state house to conduct their own separate personal business on the taxpayer’s dime: This is is “FRAUD”
  • Not electing Mike McCoy as your next State Representative would be a “WASTE” of a potentially valuable resource.

Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?

My Uncle Jim was definitely a legend in Wilmington and Tewksbury and it will take a Herculean effort to fill his shoes. That being said, while no one can every truly fill his shoes, I can say with 200% certainty that I am up to the task to providing his level of constituent service. I have proven unequivocally my commitment to constituent service throughout my 31 years of being a public servant and 28 of those years and still elected to the Board of Selectmen in Wilmington. Believe me folks, that’s no easy task. That alone speaks volumes about my commitment to constituents.

I am not a coat tail candidate; the proof is in the pudding. I am accessible. People know how to get a hold of me. I am a successful businessman who is now retired. I’ve been helping people through the maze of local government throughout my political career for issues such as getting a downed mailbox fixed after a winter storm due to a plow knocking it over and I have also been instrumental in getting a grieving father a water spigot close to his daughter’s grave at the Wildwood Cemetery which helps lots of other families in the vicinity. I have helped more than one resident get a much needed sidewalk in their neighborhood, requested police to do radar in neighborhoods where speeding is an issue and peoples safety is at stake and the list goes on. On the larger end of the spectrum, I was the only Wilmington selectman to testify at a federal hearing to keep New England Transrail from operating on the polluted Olin Superfund site. I am the only Wilmington selectman to support the residents who are fighting against the opening of Global off of West Street. Most recently, I was the lead petitioner who worked with a group of residents known as the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington in North Wilmington and spearheaded Article 2, which was brought to a special town meeting dated December 16, 2017. To get to that point, we went out and collected 1,585 signatures. Of those signatures collected, I got 845 signatures on my own because I understand people have full time jobs, and I was available to go out and do it. The purpose of this special town meeting one week before Christmas was to relocate medical facilities and drug detox centers from all residential districts and business districts to general industrial zones and highway districts. This article won with a resounding 85% of the town meeting attendees. This special town meeting was the last that my uncle Representative Jim Miceli would attend. He got up, walked to the microphone and spoke in favor of Article 2. At the end of the meeting, as people were leaving the auditorium, he beckoned me to him in typical Jim Miceli fashion, put his hand on my arm and said “Good job, nephew.”

How will I be responsive to requests for help from residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington? This one is the easiest question of all: Call me at 978-657-5495. If my phone rings, I answer it. If I’m not home, leave a message and I will call you back. If I am out and about in the stores and you see me, come up to me and talk. I’ve been doing this for 31 years and I don’t plan on changing. I will also establish office hours available to Tewksbury residents at the Tewksbury Town Hall and will also offer office hours at the Town Hall in Wilmington as well. For those who may not be physically be able to get to me, I will come to you, just like I’ve been doing for 31 years as a Wilmington official.

The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?

Yes, I commit to fighting for an updated formula.

Our children are our most precious resource and investing in their education today is truly an investment in our future. I am a Dad to grown children who are no longer in the public school system but I promise you, I am fully committed to providing your children and grandchildren a high quality education that will better enable our youth to compete, succeed and contribute to a strong vibrant America. If you don’t believe me, just check my voting record over the past 28 years as a member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen and see for yourself that I’ve always voted to fully support the school budgets. There were some years when the town put in upwards of an additional $1 million above and beyond what was to be appropriated for that particular year. Not only do I support our public schools, I also fully support our vocational schools. Additionally, I have a 25 year old son who is autistic. Chris went through our special ed department and I will be eternally grateful for everything they taught him. I will always hold kids with special needs near and dear to my heart and I promise to not only help you get your kids into programs, I will fight my hardest to give these programs all the tools they need to succeed because I know they need it more today than ever before. Like almost everything else in life, money is the fuel that drives the educational system throughout the world. Massachusetts ranks high (8th) in terms of both nominal per-pupil spending and cost-adjusted spending. The state’s cost-adjusted per-pupil spending level of $13,454.00 exceeds the national average by $2,607.00 but we still need to do better.

The Chapter 70 program is the major program of state aid to public elementary and secondary schools. In addition to providing state aid to support school operations, it also establishes minimum spending requirements for each school district in the Commonwealth. The outdated formula fails to provide adequate funding for “Core expenses” to include teachers, materials, technology and building maintenance. The impact of this is less in wealthy communities where local taxes can fill the funding void. Unfortunately the true burden of the outdated formula is felt by middle class and poor municipalities in Massachusetts.

We need more input from the educators and less input from politicians. Let the teachers teach the kids in their classrooms. After having conversations with local teachers, I believe we need to reevaluate the MCAS testing system. The overall sentiment of the educators with whom I spoke is that they are teaching kids to take a test rather than actually teaching the subjects they were hired to teach. They feel this puts undue stress on both teachers and students and I feel this is definitely something we need to take a look at. Think about how things have changed over the past 25 years in the world of public education in Massachusetts to include demographics, special education, advances in technology and last, but certainly not least, providing a safe and secure environment for our children. We must review and update Chapter 70 with special emphasis on the allocation formula. If I am elected, this will be a priority. Our future depends on it!

“Education is more than a luxury; it is a responsibility that society owes to itself.” — Robin Cook

Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” We learned about the “Golden Rule” as children. It is a core value in our country and a common sense guideline for decent people worldwide. However, once these same decent people enter the political arena, it seems as if they have put one foot into the “Twilight Zone!” In that “Bizarro World”, the “Golden Rule” sometimes morphs into “Do unto others before they do unto you!” This trend has been evident forever and sadly, it’s made its way into this race as well via social media–not necessarily from candidates, but rather their supporters. It’s bothersome to me that some of my fellow candidates not only see what their supporters write but condone it with their silence. Being a public official for 31 years, 28 of those years as a still elected selectman, I am a HUGE target! Reason I am a target number one–I have self-funded all of my elections and I’m doing the same for this state representative election. Therefore, I do not have any I.O.U.’s to financial backers unlike my opponents. Reason I am a target number two: I do not have, nor do I want, the backing of other politicians, board members, the big developers (you know who you are in Tewksbury and Wilmington), the realtors and the “who’s who” of Wilmington and Tewksbury politics. My sole interest lies with the residents. Period. These reasons are why I’m still here after 31 years and why I’m a huge target for negativity to my opponents and their cronies.

Will I engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Let me just say I won’t be the one to cast the first mudball, but I will NEVER back down if my integrity or reputation is attacked and I WILL defend myself. Once again, this is a reason I am still here after 31 years.

It would be nice if this election could be a departure from the disturbing trend of attacking each other or worse yet, allowing supporters to sling the mud while the candidate goes unscathed in the background. I say let’s bring civility and honest dialogue back into the election process. We are all capable to campaign on our platforms, opinions, accomplishments and experience without resorting to personal attacks and underhanded tactics. This field of candidates is capable of avoiding negative campaigning; whether or not they choose to do so remains to be seen. More importantly, the public deserves to have an ethical, above board contest for selecting their next State Representative.

Mr. Hayes asked for my definition of negative campaigning. After doing some online research, I found the Wikipedia definition and it is: “Negative campaigning or mudslinging is the process of deliberate spreading of negative information about someone or something to worsen the public image of the described. Deliberate spreading of such information can be motivated either by honest desire of the campaigner to warn others against real dangers or deficiencies of the described or by the campaigner’s dishonest ideas on methods of winning in political, business or other spheres of competition against an honest rival.” I can’t top that definition. Thank you Wikipedia.

I am proud to stand on my track record of 31 years of public service as the cornerstone of my campaign. I challenge my fellow candidates and their supporters to do the same.

What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?

The brave and dedicated men and women in our police and fire departments put their lives on the line every day. They are our first line of defense for the populations of Tewksbury and Wilmington. It would be irresponsible if I were to do anything less than my best to care for them as their State Representative as they are for me, my family and my neighbors. My platform and commitment to the deserving people in public safety is as follows. I will:

  • Commit one day per month to meet with police, firefighters and EMT’s from Wilmington and Tewksbury. Face-to-face interaction and active listening are the best ways for an elected official to truly understand the needs and concerns of these heroes. You cannot provide these fine people with what they need without keeping your finger on their pulse and getting their direct input. They know best what they need.
  • Provide every individual in public safety a business card with my office, cell and home phone number for direct and immediate access to me, 24/7.
  • Ensure first responders’ salaries and benefits in Tewksbury and Wilmington remain competitive.
  • File legislation to reinstate the death penalty for anybody convicted of taking the life of a first responder.
  • Sponsor legislation to provide compensation for those families who lost a spouse or parent in the line of duty.

The populations of Wilmington and Tewksbury are rapidly increasing. What was adequate in the past won’t cut it in the future. Response time for police, fire and EMS is frequently a matter of life and death. Our increasing populations in our communities directly impacts response time in two ways; the first is increased traffic. Think of Routes 38 and 62 today as compared to ten years ago. Now picture it ten years from now. The second factor is that increased populations and dwellings exponentially increase the probability of several emergencies occurring at the same time. Having a substation in North Wilmington will cut response time. Another reason for having this substation is the railroad crossing on Middlesex Avenue. Emergency response vehicles have waited for the commuter rail gates to be lifted. There is also an immediate danger associated with this crossing is the location is the MTBA commuter on/off boarding platform. The current location is too close to Middlesex Avenue. The crossing gate and train block the traffic on Middlesex Avenue for emergency response vehicles for minutes when seconds count. Resolving this critical public safety issue will be a high priority item if I am elected as your next state representative. Finally, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to our public safety professionals.

Do I support a fire substation in North Wilmington? The simple answer is yes. It is long overdue because of over-development combined with increased population.

Do I support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year? I come from the school of common sense. My own observation dictates that simple answer is yes because of the rampant over-development and the the population explosion. With that being said, I took it upon myself to see Chief Hazel of the Tewksbury Fire Department on Friday August 3, 2018 and asked him a couple of basic questions in regards to the funding of the new Center fire station in Tewksbury. Chief Hazel is a complete gentleman and a true professional. He answered all of my questions and Tewksbury should be very proud to have him as their fire chief. I will always do everything in my power as state representative to ensure that the Tewksbury firefighters have everything they need to keep themselves and the residents safe.

The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?

The first time I visited the wall was in 2008 and again last week I visited the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall when it came to Wilmington. It gave me pause and an opportunity to silently reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by 58,193 young American men and women. They never had the opportunity to enjoy the full measure of life. Countless more will carry the scars of their service-related or psychological trauma to their graves. Even for those who returned unharmed, their thanks was frequently being spat upon and called, “Baby Killers!” This was a national disgrace. The debt that we owe our veterans is incalculable. As your state representative, I pledge to:

  • Meet with the Veterans Services Departments in Wilmington and Tewksbury once a month to better understand the needs of our veterans and how I can help to fulfill those needs.
  • Sponsor and support legislation that will improve the quality of life for these heroes.
  • Arrange for State House tours for veterans and their families.
  • Establish a communications link with the Tewksbury DAV and the Wilmington VFW and American Legion to explore ways that I can beter assist our prcious veteran population.
  • Address all veteran concerns in a timely and effective manner.

What have I done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? While I have never worn an armed services uniform, I have always had the desire to dedicate myself to public service. I fulfilled this need by committing my life to 31 years to serving the public and 28 of those years (and counting) as a Wilmington selectman. Things that I have done to demonstrate my commitment to our veterans include:

  • Making financial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.
  • Marching in every Memorial Day parade for 28 years.
  • Supporting the Wilmington Veteran’s service budget for as long as it has been established.

In closing, I would like to give a heart-felt thanks to our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. I would also like to extend my profound gratitude to Lisa Downey, the Tewksbury Veterans Service Officer, Lou Cimaglia IV, Wilmington Veteran Services Director and Michael Frotten, Wilmington Veteran’s Service agent for the fine work that they do for our veterans on a daily basis.

Do I personally have any family that serves/served? Yes.

What are some of the major infrastructure needs in the district? Can you point to specific streets/areas within both towns that “need work?” What will you do as State Rep to ensure certain roadway projects, sidewalk projects, etc. finally get addressed?

In both communities, there is a laundry list of major infrastructure needs, but I’ll just address a few. There are infrastructure needs for today, next year and beyond. As Tewksbury and Wilmington expand their population, you are also straining the infrastructures. That strain comes with a price tag. I know that specifically, in Tewksbury, with its expanded growth, traffic is a major concern. How do we attempt to fix it? The Tewksbury Board of Selectmen and its Planning Board have to understand that continued growth needs to be addressed now at a local level. Better local planning is needed and if that means electing new board members who will have the community’s interest at heart, then so be it. That being said, we need to make sure Route 38 in Tewksbury gets finished in a way to accommodate the heavy traffic that occupies that major roadway. I know certain funds weren’t appropriated for the Route 38 corridor in Tewksbury. If I am fortunate enough to be elected State Representative, I will advocate and persevere to get the dollars needed to finish the project.

In Wilmington at the intersection of Lowell Street and Woburn Street, there is a five-year plan to put new traffic lights with left hand turns at all four corners, 1,000 feet of sidewalks on both sides of Lowell Street to be connected to the existing sidewalk, and new side to side hot top. At the present time after the private sewer work is completed on Lowell Street, and National Grid finishes the bigger gas line after their strike, (by the way, I support the union workers of National Grid who are on strike) then the road itself that was disturbed from last year will be smooth and fully restored by the end of this construction season.

In both Tewksbury and Wilmington, I am well-aware that there are too many unpaved, unaccepted ways. While the major roadways will have to be fixed first, be rest assured that if I am elected State Representative, unaccepted ways will be addressed because people living on them are paying the same amount of taxes as people on paved roadways. It’s high time that the state address and correct this issue that’s been around forever.

In Tewskbury: There are several projects currently underway, however, there is one area which brings me great concern: the intersection of South Street and Salem Street. It is one of the most dangerous intersections in Tewksbury and needs attention a.s.a.p. The Town of Tewksbury will be putting in a water line first, then the town is anticipating that the state will build the triangle and modifications at the intersections and will be putting in a traffic light at the intersection of South Street and Salem Street. I want Tewksbury residents to know: let’s not “hope” the state will do the work; if I am your next state representative, I will make it happen.

I’d like to give special thanks to the Superintendent of Public Works, Brian Gilbert. I met with him in person to ask some questions. He was quite knowledgeable and gave great insights as to projects happening in town.

In Wilmington: There are several roadway projects underway. In FY19, appropriation was made to put sidewalks on Lawrence Street and anticipating in FY20, sidewalks on Shady Lane. Upon completion, you could walk all the way from Glen Road through Lawrence Street, through Shady Lane and end up on Route 62 by the Shell Gas Station. The town will be receiving $1 million for the purpose of fixing up the area of the North Wilmington Train Station. We are also anticipating work from the Representative James Miceli Bridge all the way to the Woburn Line with sidewalks, trees, and new roadway. Additionally, we are anticipating a new bridge at Butter’s Row with full traffic signalization.

Special thanks goes to Wilmington’s Superintendent Mike Woods for talking with me and identifying pressing infrastructure issues.

The major piece of any project is determining how much money you have to work with, figuring out where the greatest need and urgency is and go from there. I will put a bill into the budget to help both towns and earmark certain funds for special road construction projects under Chapter 90 transportation funds for the use of municipalities. Naturally, I will consult with the town managers of both communities and their respective superintendents of public works and see where the priorities are for sidewalks, bridges, drainage, landscaping, traffic control, and roads. I will see to it that we get our fair share of Chapter 90 funds from the state. Should I be fortunate enough to be elected your State Representative, I will do everything I can to support both communities through both our capital and operating budgets.

As State Rep, what will you do to increase affordable housing opportunities for seniors, veterans and young adults right out of school? Also, what are your thoughts on the Governor’s proposal to promote more dense housing developments by changing the 2/3 majority vote to a simple majority vote for rezonings at Town Meetings? (Background: https://www.massachusettslandusemonitor.com/zoning/governor-baker-proposes-zoning-changes-to-promote-more-housing/) Finally, do you feel the state’s 40B laws need to be updated? Why?

In order for affordable housing to really happen for both seniors and veterans, there has to be a sincere collaborative effort both at state and federal levels. Like anything else, it all comes down to funding. We need to take a realistic, hard look at available federal and state properties currently available that will meet the needs of seniors and veterans, therefore reducing the actual cost of construction. As a state representative, I will file a special bill in the budget to earmark money for state public housing for veterans called Chapter 200 for Veterans’ Family Housing. Presently, Chapter 200 does not exist in the Town of Wilmington. The true question is “What is the definition of affordable housing when it comes to seniors?” We need to make sure that any affordable housing for seniors is solely based upon their social security income. Today at Deming Way, there are only so many units to go around. The waiting list is two plus years long in many cases. I had a great talk with the executive director of the Wilmington Housing Authority, Maureen E. Hickey. She is truly doing the best she can and does a great job in assisting our seniors get housing. Once again, everything depends on funding. It’s tough when you have lean budgets and you’re trying to accommodate the masses. Sadly, the masses are getting bigger but the funding is getting smaller. I’d very much like the opportunity to explore ways to turn that formula around. It’s a tough task and there’s no easy solution, but ignoring it will not get us anywhere. I will keep trying.

In Tewksbury, Saunders Circle is comparable to Wilmington’s Deming Way. I was unable to connect with Melissa Maniscalco, Executive Director of the Housing Authority, through no fault of her own as I called after business hours on Friday. I will make it a point to get a hold of her in the near future so I can understand Tewksbury’s senior and veterans housing needs as well.

As far as helping young adults out of school, there is no quick answer. If you look at the dollar amount of what’s considered affordable in both of our communities, it’s far from affordable for most. I’ve looked at Tewksbury and Wilmington’s available 1 and 2 bedrooms, the prices are $1,600 to $2,300 per month. That’s not affordable. The price of real estate in Wilmington and Tewksbury has consistently gone up and in the last couple of years it’s gone up dramatically. While that may be good for some, it hurts others. The only solution I can think of is low interest government subsidized loans and that’s a stretch in and of itself.

I will probably be one of the few state representatives to oppose what the governor is looking to do. I am not against development; I’m for orderly development. If we change our present town meeting vote from a 2/3 majority to a simple majority as proposed by the governor, that particular formula will not work well here in Wilmington and Tewksbury. With a 2/3 majority, it gives a residents a fighting chance to control growth in their communities. In my experience, it is too easy for special interest groups to stack the meeting with people of financial interest and while there are times they will succeed with even a simple majority, it gives the residents at least some hope of controlling the town’s destiny. You would hope to think your local officials would best represent you, but in many cases when it comes to rezoning properties for certain elites in the community, they win far too often. Let’s not make it any easier for them.

Yes, I most definitely feel the state’s 40B laws need to be updated. Let me put it this way: As a sitting selectman for the past 28 years, we would from time-to-time have our State Reps and State Senator before the Board of Selectman to ask for legislative updates and allow us to give input. Given my tenure as selectman, I stated many times to our State Representatives and Senator that we need to change the 40B law. What do I mean by that? In simple terms, city life is a lot different than suburban life. Many folks came from the city to get away from the congestion to enjoy more of a suburban atmosphere. Many folks like myself who have lived in Wilmington and Tewksbury all their lives are trying to maintain what’s left of our two suburban communities. I stated to our representatives and senator that they must change the formula. Let the percentages be higher where there are more populated cities because cluster development is already there and they would jump at the chance of having even more. Some people actually want to live in a busy city, but that’s simply not the case for people in our two towns. In communities like Tewksbury and Wilmington, you should DROP the percentage rate of 40B and it should be based on population. There are fewer people living in the suburbs than there are in the city, and we’d like to keep it that way. State laws can be created and state laws can be changed. If I am fortunate enough to be elected state representative, I will propose a new law when it comes to 40B. I will do what I’ve been asking to be done for years; I will introduce legislation to make a formula palatable for towns like Tewksbury and Wilmington. Believe me, I know they say there’s a housing component in the governor’s new bill, but it will only create even more cluster development than what’s already here. Folks, what do you think will happen? Populations will increase, need for services will increase, need for more schools will increase, need for more infrastructure, need for more public safety and last but definitely not least there will be need to increase property tax bills. Who wins here? Not Tewksbury and Wilmington residents.

(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past 3 months.)

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Closing Argument

My name is Michael McCoy and I am a candidate for State Representative for the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I am 59 years old and I’ve lived in Wilmington for my whole life.  Upon graduation in 1977 from the Wilmington High School, I went to college where I received three college degrees, one of them being a masters degree in criminal justice.  I am educationally qualified for the post I seek.

In 1984, I opened up a restaurant known as Michael’s Place.  I sold it 31 years later in 2015.  As a business owner, I never forgot my community.  I did my best to give back to the various local clubs and organizations.  Over the years, we donated over 3000 pizzas to the Wilmington Food Pantry.  We gave continuously to seniors, youth organizations and all churches.  I have donated literally tens of thousands of dollars and I was happy to do so.

I have been happily married for 27 years to a former Tewksbury girl named Danielle.  We raised our three children here in Wilmington

I am a member of the Sons of Italy, a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks and where I volunteer every Tuesday night helping out with Bingo.

I have served my town of Wilmington for 31 years and 28 years as a currently-elected selectman.

For over 30 years I have used one principle to guide my decisions; As a community leader, I answer to you!  As your state representative, I will continue to work tirelessly and advocate for the needs of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  Your concerns will drive my agenda on Beacon Hill—Not political insiders, not lobbyists, not any other special interest.

As a J.F.K. democrat, I am a fiscal conservative.  I always have and always will vote the person and the issue, not the party.

As your state representative, I pledge to:

  1. Work with the Attorney General’s office to explore legislative options to stop unwanted robo-calls and telemarketing calls and impose harsh penalties for those convicted of scamming senior citizens.
  2. Seek legislative counter measures for overdevelopment of our rapidly vanishing suburbs.
  3. Oppose making Massachusetts a sanctuary state.
  4. Advocate for the death penalty in crimes resulting in the death of our first responders and Massachusetts citizens.
  5. Will vote against all additional pay raises for state representatives.

For the past 28 years, I have funded my own campaigns as Wilmington Selectman and will do the same as a state representative.  Unlike my opponents, I accept no financial contributions from anyone and accept no endorsements from politicians, developers or especially from the “who’s who” of Tewksbury and Wilmington.  These contributions always come with I.O.U.’s.  The only endorsement I want on election day is yours, the Tewksbury and Wilmington voters because that is the only true endorsement that counts.

Tewksbury and Wilmington Families first; Tewksbury and Wilmington neighborhoods forever.

Thank you,

Michael McCoy
Candidate for State Representative
Tewksbury-Wilmington

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2 thoughts

  1. I wonder if any of the people noted below will endorse or go out to vote for McCoy:

    Land developer Michael Welch and his wife (ahem, daughter) Jackie
    The future owners of the 760 condos to be built at Sciarappa Farm
    The Sciarappa family
    Mrs. Loud
    The owners of AJs Kitchen
    The original owners of As Good as It Gets
    The original owners of Foccacias Restaurant
    Bob Cain and his kin
    Former superintendent Mary DeLai
    The school committee members who hired Mary DeLai and voted in favor of her $125k separation package
    The manager of West Springfield Auto Parts (who complained to McCoy about AJs customers parking in their lot)
    The former proponents of Doggie World and East Coast Diner on Lowell Street
    Mr Yetman, the landowner of the aforementioned property
    Diane Allan

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