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 Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury).
#2) Can you explain why you’re not a member of either party? Which party’s state platform do you find yourself more aligned with and why?
I don’t believe I ever belonged to a party. I know that my parents were Democrats during the early sixties but always voted their conscience. When I registered to vote as an Independent, I wanted the opportunity to vote for the person and not the party.
After reading the very long winded party platform of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the shorter to the point platform of the Republican Party I would probably say that even though there are some things in both parties I would agree and disagree on, I am more aligned with the Republican Party. At this point in time in history and watching how both parties are behaving, one hateful and the other one so indecisive I am glad I am an independent or “unenrolled”. The funny thing is that those of us who are unenrolled do not feel unenrolled, we want our independent status back. Unenrolled voters are in the majority in the 19th District and the voters in the 19th District have always voted a little differently than the majority of voters in Massachusetts. I am the candidate that represents most of the voters in this district. I look forward to being the next State Representative who will take the time to listen and take action for the common good.
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