Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 26, 2012

State senate candidates tout records

Neither believe Lantigua should resign

Neither Barry Finegold nor Paul Adams believes embattled Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua should resign. Neither supports expanding the state bottle bill. And neither one endorses voting for any of the three questions on the state ballot.

The Townsman asked questions of the two candidates vying to become Andover’s state senator. While the two Andover residents offered subtle differences on the ballot questions before state voters, they indicate they believe their records show a big difference on who will deliver for those Andover voters.

Stating the Senate version of the budget is what allowed Andover to receive more education aid this year, incumbent Senator Finegold said, “I not only fight to bring back money to our town, but I succeed in that goal.”

Adams, one of Andover’s current state representatives, said he is fighting to reform state government, while Finegold has cut local aid and “supports more mandates and regulations that make our electricity, energy and healthcare costs some of the highest in the nation.”

Candidates answers to the Townsman questions can be found on page 5. More questions, for both state senate and state representative candidates will follow next week, the final Townsman before the election.

PAUL ADAMS

Republican

High Street, Andover

current State Representative, seeking state senate seat

Please answer the following questions YES, NO OR UNDECIDED. You then have a total of 150 words to further explain your answer(s) to one or more of these questions above.

Do you support Question 1, the so-called Right to Repair bill?

NO.

Do you support Question 2, the so-called “Death with Dignity” act?

NO.

Adams: I am morally opposed to physician-assisted suicide, and I oppose it having state sanction.

Do you support Question 3, to legalize medical marijuana?

NO.

Adams: There are other medicinal options that provide the same effect for users, but I do have sympathy for those who are suffering and in pain. Further legalization of marijuana would provide vastly more opportunities for drug abuse (as has been the case in other states with a medical marijuana law), be nearly impossible to enforce, and would place people in violation of federal law.

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