What is the biggest issue facing Andover and what will you do to address it if elected? (You have a total of 125 words to explain.)
Continue working to restore a stronger private-sector economy, and addressing the town’s rising educational needs for a growing community. I’ve been working to change the current state education funding formula which shortchanges Andover education and will continue making this a top priority.
What areas of state government will you fight to reform this term, if any? Why? (Up to 100 words.)
The budget process is in desperate need of reform. I voted against the FY 2013 budget because the process is conducted in secret and doesn’t work for taxpayers and our communities. Decisions are made behind closed doors, line items can be impossible to identify and the supermajority stifles debate, preferring to jam legislators with consolidated bills instead of debating them on individual merits.
What specific role have you played to advance the Interstate-93 interchance project in Andover? How important is this project to you? (75 words)
Shortly after taking office as state representative, I met with many state and local leaders and have been an active voice in support of the project in our communities and within the legislature. I’ve also worked to prioritize state-side funding for construction of the interchange. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help grow the economy and create jobs in the Merrimack Valley.
What specific role did you play to increase state aid to Andover this past budget cycle? (50 words)
When Gov. Patrick proposed cutting local aid for FY 2012, I led the charge with several of my colleagues in the Republican caucus and the House to reverse course, leading to level funding last year and a record increase this year.