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).
#4) What are the top three issues you would focus on if elected and why? Which committees do you wish to be assigned to and why?
1. Opioid crisis. As an aunt to two nieces and two nephews ranging from 3 to 17, I’m concerned about the dangers they face growing up in today’s world. And as someone who is planning to start a family of my own, I want to make sure my children and your children have the best education and prevention programs in place to make sure they don’t go down the dark path of substance abuse.
2. Preventing Massachusetts from becoming a sanctuary state. I’m the only candidate who has committed to voting NO when the Sanctuary Bill is refiled next session. This issues is also tied to #1. If we’re going to be all in on combating the opioid crisis, we have to have to be honest with the fact that sanctuary cities are feeding the problem and if we come a sanctuary state, it will be even worse. Our district has felt the direct impact of a neighboring sanctuary city, Lawrence. Over the summer we had a number of arrests in Tewksbury of dangerous criminals who are here illegally trafficking heroin and fentanyl. ICE has been involved in several of these arrests and have conducted successful sweeps in and around the Merrimack Valley. While my opponent calls ICE “disgraceful” and says they spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here, I support their role in making our communities safer by actually taking those dangerous criminals who are already here off of our streets. I will back all law enforcement agencies from the local to the federal level because they’re the ones risking their lives each and everyday for us.
3. Route 38. This may take a magic wand or at the very least a lot of kicking and screaming to finally get the attention we deserve to make the necessary improvements. You don’t need me to tell you how bad it is. We live the nightmare everyday.
I hope to serve on the Judiciary Committee. In May, I joined Representative Jim Lyons in the fight to remove Judge Timothy Feeley from the bench. The only candidate to do so. Activist judges who endanger our communities by releasing dangerous criminals back onto our streets need to be held responsible. None more so than Judge Feeley. The Democratic Party refused to take a vote on Jim Lyons’ measure. We need someone who will push for a vote and I’ll be a Representative you can count on. I also support Governor Baker’s recent bail reform bill.
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