ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy Primary

WILMINGTON, MA — With apologies to the Lowell Sun‘s “The Column,” below is Wilmington Apple‘s new weekly local political column, “All Politics Are Local.”

ROBERTSON & GORDON EXPLAIN THEIR MARKEY ENDORSEMENTS: As noted in last week’s columnWilmington’s state representatives — Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) and Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) — both recently both publicly endorsed Senator Ed Markey, who has ramped up his campaign as a possible primary challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy looms large.

Gordon and Robertson recently explained to Wilmington Apple why they’re throwing their support behind Markey.

“Though I may not always agree with Senator Markey’s positions, his office and the Senator himself have worked directly in some of the most difficult constituent cases that I have come across, and that impressed the hell out of me,” said Robertson. “I find that Senator Markey, who worries about national and international issues constantly, goes above and beyond for his constituents in ways that is becoming more and more rare. He’s done everything from help look for federal monies for local issues to helping me find a lost DD-2-14 (military discharge papers) for a veteran with dementia. His care, concern, and local attention is why I decided to, and will continue, endorse him.”

“Senator Markey is a terrific partner in a district that involves many federal issues, manufacturing in Wilmington, the VA hospital in Bedford as well as Hanscom Air Force Base and their effect on Burlington and rest of district,” added Gordon. “I am proud to support his reelection.”

GORDON RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION: State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) announced this week he will be seeking re-election next year.

“It is my honor to serve the people of Bedford, Burlington and precinct 3 in Wilmington in the legislature, as I have for the past seven years. Much has been done, but with the authority gained by my time in office, I am in a position to do more,” said Gordon. “With that in mind, I look forward to re-election as your State Representative in November of 2020. I ask for your support and your vote.”

In his announcement, Gordon noted he is currently working with the Baker administration as it issues regulations for two important pieces of legislation he filed.

“I am proud that a bill that I helped author calling for paid family and medical leave for all workers in the Commonwealth was passed into law last summer as part of the ‘grand bargain.’ I have been working with the new Department of Family and Medical Leave to bring that program forward,” said Gordon. “I [also] filed an amendment that was included in major reform to unemployment insurance, that will extend the benefit period for any worker who enrolls in an approved job training program. I testified at a hearing of the Department of Unemployment Insurance advisory board just last week, and those new regulations should be out soon.”

Gordon also highlighted several of the district’s transportation priorities he addressed over the last few years.

“We convinced MassDOT to widen Route 128 to ease the traffic burden on Burlington, and to change its plans to move a salt shed that would have been adjacent to a Bedford neighborhood,” said Gordon. “We funded a shuttle program to bring workers from Lowell to Burlington to address the needs of businesses in a labor shortage. And our work continues.”

His campaign will be holding a re-election kickoff event on November 5, 2019, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. Several Burlington and Bedford elected officials are part of the event’s host committee, including Burlington Selectmen Jim Tigges and Mike Runyan; Bedford Selectwoman Margot Fleischman; Burlington School Committee member Martha Simon; and Bedford School Committee member Ann Guay.

WILMINGTON DEMS TO MEET ON MONDAY, READY FOR PARTY CONVENTION ON SATURDAY: The Wilmington Democratic Town Committee is holding its monthly meeting this Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7pm at Wilmington Community Television’s studios (10 Waltham Street). New members and guests are welcome to attend.

The Committee will continue to plan its upcoming Political Comedy Night with Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 7pm to 10pm, at the Billerica Elks. The fundraiser is a joint effort between Democratic Town Committees in Wilmington, Tewksbury, and Billerica. $30 tickets are available HERE.

The Committee will also discuss the upcoming Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday, September 14, 2019 in Springfield. Several committee members are serving as delegates to the convention. Featured convention speakers including U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

BOARD OF REGISTRARS TO HOLD VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE AT THIS WEEK’S FARMERS MARKET: The Wilmington Board of Registrars will be holding a Voter Registration session at the Farmers Market on Sunday, September 8, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common. Residents may register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot, or note a name or address change. Sixteen and seventeen year olds are welcome to pre-register. National Voter Registration Day isn’t until September 24, but it’s never too early to help residents to register to vote.

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