My wife and I do not always agree on matters of electoral politics, which can sometimes be the source of spirited discussions. This year, however, we find ourselves in the confident and comfortable position of being in complete agreement of our support of David Robertson for reelection as our State Representative for Wilmington and Tewksbury. We are at a time in our society where extreme opinions on the left and the right are increasingly polarizing neighbors against each other. There seems to be a growing sentiment of “if you don’t agree with me, you are my enemy”. We watch national campaigns, candidates and their supporters paint with broad brushes to characterize opponents as villains and extremists. It has been difficult to watch our society’s steady decline of civility and respect for each other‘s different viewpoints. That is why it is so refreshing to have a man like David Robertson as our State Representative.
David possesses unique qualities worthy of our respect and support. We have gotten to know David through the years, when he worked for his predecessor Jim Miceli and now as our State Rep. His default position is kindness. This should not be understated. Kindness, respect and understanding as a foundation guide David as he legislates at the State House representing the people of Massachusetts’ 19th Middlesex District. David’s ability and willingness to think critically and vote with his mind and his conscience rather than along party lines make him an example of a true representative of our district. While many examples of this exist, most notably is David’s thoughtful and courageous opposition to S2820, a bill to defund our police under the guise of “building a more equitable, fair and just Commonwealth”. David, parting with many of his Democratic colleagues voted not to defund our law enforcement professionals, making the point rather, that now is the time to “refund the police” with additional tools, resources and training. It would have been easy for David to fall in line with a majority of his fellow Democratic Representatives in the house. But David understands that he represents Wilmington and Tewksbury and works every day to serve the interests of the people in our communities even when that means voting across party lines.
David is an example of how we can all conduct ourselves with an appreciation for each other‘s differences. He understands that political opponents are not enemies. He understands the value of sometimes agreeing to disagree and parting as friends with a handshake (or an elbow bump, as the case may be). This November the easiest vote that we will be happy to make will be to reelect David Robertson for State Representative.
We encourage you to join us.
Mike and Doreen Champoux
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