Sen. Jamie Eldridge Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

Hudson — State Senator Jamie Eldridge officially kicked-off his re-election campaign Monday night in Hudson with Governor Deval Patrick, State Representatives Kate Hogan and Jim Arciero, and well over one hundred supporters. Eldridge highlighted his leadership on the environment, ethics reform, and transparency in government and pledged to continue to fight for the priorities of the Middlesex & Worcester district.

“I’ve always been an independent leader in the Legislature, from my first vote in the House, against electing Tom Finneran as Speaker. I think it’s what the district demands,” Eldridge said. “But in particularly tough times it’s not just about independence. It’s about leadership. It’s not about just voting for something or saying you’re going to support something but taking the lead and fighting for the priorities of this district by filing and passing legislation.”

Speaking to a packed room of over 100 Eldridge supporters, Governor Patrick asked if the crowd was “Fired up?” and “Ready to go?” to get Eldridge re-elected this November.

“Jamie will show political courage all day long,” Governor Patrick said. “He has shown it over and over and over and over and over again. He does it because he is guided by a rudder that is not just what is politically expedient but by generational responsibility — an ancient ideathat each of us in our time is supposed to do all we can to leave this place better for those who come behind us.”

Eldridge highlighted a list of accomplishments in his first term as State Senator, including passing corporate tax credit transparency and accountability legislation, being a leader in the effort to strengthen our ethics and lobbying laws, passing corporate campaign disclosure legislation in the Senate, leading the fight to pass the Municipal Relief Act, filing and passing a comprehensive bullying prevention law, establishing the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission, and working with Governor Patrick and others to bring federal stimulus dollars to the district for vital transportation and infrastructure projects.

video of the speech can be found at the newly launched 2010 re-election campaign website,

Eldridge pledged to run a strong grassroots campaign to reach out to residents of all the communities that comprise the Middlesex & Worcester district. In recent weeks, Eldridge has gone door-to-door to speak with constituents in Ayer, Shirley, and Westborough and plans to be out, often, in every community of the district this summer and fall.

“It’s important to work hard for every vote and really engage with voters on the issues that matter most to them,” Eldridge said. “I’m looking forward to the campaign and the opportunity to share with the voters the work I have done on Beacon Hill on their behalf.”

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Mayes

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