WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).
Below, in his own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-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?
Folks know my top three issues since they’ve been since day one.
First up, Route 38. It’s why I intend to be asked to be assigned to the transportation committee, in order to see how other towns integrated smooth traffic flow in already heavily trafficked areas. The transportation committee focuses on a wide variety of transit problems, and the relationships developed there are integral to solving our towns traffic problems. Belonging to this committee allows me to speak directly to people in the agencies to advocate for our towns and alleviate overworked intersections, integrate bus and rail service in ways commuters use them, and protect elder services transportation. Several years ago transit agencies were cutting back on para-transit funding, which left many seniors and other people who do not have access to a car in a lurch. Being on that committee allows us to keep an eye out and solve many transit issues at once.
My second top issue is finding quality use of vacant commercial lots. Of course, the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies is the perfect spot to improve our towns for economic use, and to use a position to approach quality, blue-chip companies to bring to our district. In addition, I hope to belong to another “committee” which does not yet exist. Speaking with local officials, I believe the formation of a Tewksbury-Wilmington (and other surrounding communities such as Andover) “smart development committee” would help us leverage our empty industrial parks into productive, tax-producing properties rather than empty lots by reaching out as a geographical union. By spreading the wealth and using two or three times the local and state resources to contact established companies, start-ups, and other businesses we can be vastly more productive.
Lastly, people know that housing is my third largest concern for this town. Both as a way to welcome new people into town, as well as let the long time residents. The Committee on Housing would be a welcome third, but I do also feel that many housing goals can be done in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Community Development. Instead, I would rather be placed on the education committee in order to help facilitate the improvement of Wilmington and Tewksbury’s educational facilities and programs, and to better supplement the fantastic work both towns teachers, boards, and administrators are already doing.
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