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State Senator Jamie Eldridge endorses Jay Gonzalez for Governor

 

Eldridge supports Gonzalez’s commitment to social justice and vision to invest in our communities, make healthcare a right, improve transportation, and promote clean energy

ACTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) today announced his endorsement of Jay Gonzalez for Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“I am very proud to endorse Jay Gonzalez for Governor. He is a bold progressive Democrat who has laid out a vision of investing in our communities, including in education, making progress on social justice including reforming our criminal justice system, dramatically improving our state’s entire transportation system, and making healthcare a right in Massachusetts.” Eldridge emphasized his close working relationship with Gonzalez when the latter served as Secretary of Administration and Finance in Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, which included implementing the 2006 Massachusetts health care law, reforming and investing in the transportation system, increasing state funding for education, and proposing a progressive tax package that would raise taxes on the wealthy while providing tax relief for working families.

“Since the day that Jay Gonzalez announced his candidacy for Governor, I have seen him on the front lines fighting for a brighter and more compassionate future for all Massachusetts residents,” Eldridge stated. “Jay stood with me when I spoke at the first rally to oppose the deportations of hard working immigrants and protecting Muslim-Americans. When the State Senate held hearings on combating climate change, Jay attended and spoke out about a bold clean energy future. During a healthcare conference organized by an Indivisible Massachusetts chapter, Jay laid out a passionate case to making healthcare a right in Massachusetts. I have seen him energize activists in my district with his progressive vision, and believe he would be a transformational Governor.”

Eldridge also highlighted the clear distinctions between Jay Gonzalez and Charlie Baker, including:

Gonzalez helped expand access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents, while Baker proposed to cut over 140,000 people off of MassHealth this year.
Gonzalez helped craft a progressive tax proposal that would have taxed the wealthy, reduced taxes for working families, while Baker has raised fees and fares for working people across Massachusetts and expanded corporate tax breaks for the well-connected.
Gonzales implemented transportation reform that invested more money into public transportation and created millions of dollars in savings, while Baker has slashed positions at the MBTA and MassDOT, leading to the delays of dozens of important transportation projects across the Commonwealth, while pursuing an ideological obsession with privatizing services and jobs.

“I am excited about the grassroots campaign that Jay is running across Massachusetts, and I’m proud to endorse him for Governor. His commitment to public service, expertise on healthcare, strong record on progressive reform, and bold vision for Massachusetts will help us get back to being a national leader on education, healthcare, climate change, and being a truly caring and compassionate state.”

Senator Jamie Eldridge has represented the Middlesex and Worcester district since 2009. The district includes Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, and Westborough. He serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, Senate co-chair of the Senate Progressive Caucus, and Senate Chair of the Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, Green Economy Caucus, the MBTA Caucus, and the Metrowest Legislators Caucus.

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Jobs Commission unveils improvement plan

Lowell Sun
ByKatie Doyle, Statehouse Correspondent
Updated:   10/04/2012 10:33:39 AM EDT

BOSTON — Legislators are praising a report calling for targeted job training and infrastructure investment.

Sen. Jaimie Eldridge, a Democrat from Acton, echoed the need for public schools to focus on science, math, technology and engineering education, even if funding for those programs is limited.

“I think it would create a whole new generation of engineers and scientists that really is the strength of the state’s workforce,” he said.

 
Read more:http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_21696681/jobs-commission-unveils-improvement-plan?IADID=Search-www.lowellsun.com-www.lowellsun.com#ixzz28NIOOHOM

Metrowest Daily News: Eldridge touts experience acting on principle

By Kendall Hatch/Daily News staff
Posted Oct 03, 2012 @ 12:13 AM

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, running for his third term in the Senate, said he is committed to boosting local aid for cities and towns, undertaking measures to protect the environment and investing in the state’s infrastructure.

Eldridge, in a meeting with Daily News editors and reporters earlier this month, described himself as an independent legislator who doesn’t shy away from bucking party leadership.

“Part of the job is standing up on principle,” Eldridge said.
Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x422903695/Eldridge-touts-experience-acting-on-principle#ixzz28CrhFKh7

Eldridge announces over sixty-five endorsements from municipal officials

Eldridge Endorsed by Municipal Officials from all fourteen communities in Middlesex & Worcester District

Acton – State Senator Jamie Eldridge today announced endorsements by over sixty-five municipal officials from all fourteen communities in the Middlesex & Worcester district. Thirty-seven selectman and city councilors and thirty school committee members have given Eldridge their endorsement and full support in his bid for re-election.

“I’m grateful to have the support of so many local leaders.” Eldridge said. “I have always made it a priority to improve public education for every child and to fight for increased local aid for our cities and towns. I’m honored that so many municipal officials have endorsed my bid for re-election.”

“I have found Jamie Eldridge to be very responsive to me as a local official,” said Shirley Lundberg, Chair of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committee. “He takes my concerns and my phone calls very seriously and advocates for the issues important to our schools. He has been a presenter at the Division IV (Central Massachusetts) meetings of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. He also has been an active advocate for Chapter 70 and regional school transportation funding, which are both essential to maintain the integrity of school budgets.”

Senator Eldridge cited his work on increasing local aid to cities and towns and increases in Chapter 70 education funding as examples of his leadership on behalf of the communities he represents. Eldridge also highlighted his work on Special Education Circuit-breaker funding, the Fitchburg and Worcester commuter rail lines, an update to the Green Communities Act, and regionalization and school transportation funding for local school districts.

“Jamie Eldridge is an extremely hard-working State Senator for all of his communities,” said Marlborough City Councilor Edward Clancy. “There is hardly an event that he isn’t at in Marlborough, and he is very responsive in fighting for increased state aid and infrastructure grants to help create jobs and support families.”

“I wholeheartedly support and respect Jamie Eldridge,” Westborough School Committee Chair Ilyse Levine-Kanji said. “During my four years on the Westborough School Committee, I’ve found Jamie to be easily approachable and very responsive. Jamie has the intelligence, determination and experience necessary to address the difficult problems of our times. His integrity and strength of character make him an asset to the Massachusetts Senate and to the 14 communities he represents.”

“I am personally endorsing Senator Jamie Eldridge for re-election to the Massachusetts Senate,” said Mayanard School Committee Member Bill Kohlman. “He has worked diligently to ensure that the state adequately fund both Chapter 70 (Education) and the Special Education circuit breaker. He understands that not all towns can simply pass tax overrides to make up the difference if the state does not keep pace with funding to these areas. This can mean the difference between just providing an education to our students and providing them a future.”

“Jamie is approachable and available. It is great to see him at so many of our community events,” said Hudson School Committee Member Tamara Ducey. “His speech at the Quinn Middle School Topping Off Ceremony was an informed speech about our school and our community.”

For a complete list of endorsements from municipal officials from all fourteen communities, please visit www.jamieeldridge.com/endorsements/municipal-officials.

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SENATE ELECTION Q&A — Focus on district priorities

GateHouse News Service
Posted Sep 12, 2012 @ 02:54 PM

QUESTION: What is the greatest challenge currently facing the Middlesex & Worcester district — and what will you as senator do to address it?

Jamie Eldridge
“The greatest challenge we face is continuing to provide the best possible education for our children while reducing the property tax burden on homeowners. I will fight for further reform to the Chapter 70 education formula to increase state education aid for every community, with funds from repealing corporate tax breaks.”

Incumbent and Democrat Jamie Eldridge, of Acton, has been the Middlesex & Worcester state senator since 2009, after serving since 2003 as state representative for the 37th Middlesex district.

Dean Cavaretta
Answer not available.

Read more: SENATE ELECTION Q&A — Focus on district priorities – Stow, MA – Wicked Local Stow

Patch: Senate Candidates to Debate in October

By Patrick Clark // Patrick.Clark@patch.com // August 30, 2012

Patch & ActonTV announce the joint sponsorship of a live debate between incumbent Massachusetts state Sen. Jamie Eldridge and challenger Dean Cavaretta scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at ActonTV studios, 16 A Craig Road, Acton.

ActonTV will telecast the debate live on all its channels: Comcast Channels 8, 9 and 99 and Verizon Channels 40, 41 and 45 – while Patch will provide live coverage of the event.

Long-time Acton Town Moderator Don MacKenzie will serve as moderator for this debate.

Read more here.