Vispoli said he had read last week’s news story referencing Finegold’s political options for 2014, but that didn’t factor into his decision to launch his campaign.
In 2012, Vispoli waged an unsuccessful bid for the Senate seat, narrowly losing the Republican nomination to state Rep. Paul Adams by 91 votes in the primary election. Adams would eventually lose to Finegold in that year’s general election.
“It was a close race, and we certainly look forward to starting earlier than we did last time, and moving quicker,” Vispoli said. “The issues are more dramatic than they were a year and a half ago.”
In his announcement, Vispoli listed his top issues in the race as providing more job opportunities for the people in the district, fiscal accountability, local aid fairness, improving education and restoring integrity to the State House.
Vispoli pointed to recent activity on Beacon Hill, including the passage and then abrupt appeal of a technology tax and the built-in, no-debate structure of the gas tax in Massachusetts, which he said can increase year to year without a legislative vote, as one of the driving forces behind his campaign decision.
But even more so, Vispoli said his location in the state — just a heartbeat from the New Hampshire state line — gives him a better perspective on the impact various issues of concern stand to have on people.
“You can’t stand by and watch the same type of attitude that really hurts our district,” Vispoli said. “Decisions like that hurt our district, specifically being a border region.”
Nomination papers to run for state office must be available by Feb. 11, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. State primaries will be held Sept. 9, with the general election set for Nov. 4, 2014.