WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).
#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform)
As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District. I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.” Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.
I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party. If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no. And vice versa. I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington. I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill. That tells me we can work together. If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it. If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it. And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.
An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula. Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.
An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants. I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE. In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.” I couldn’t disagree more. They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so. We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking. When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.” And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.
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