As a candidate for State Senate, public safety is a priority that I plan to address and have addressed as Mayor of Revere. I have improved public safety in Revere, and plan to continue to do so as State Senator.
As a resident of Revere and a candidate for State Senate, I am extremely passionate about the state of our local parks. The improvement and preservation of our parks is an important issue for our city and our district. In addition to the preservation of our parks, the preservation of the environment is also an important issue I plan to address in the State Senate.
As someone who had the honor to serve the US Navy for 7 years, the issues surrounding Veteran care hold a very important place for me. It is essential to provide our veterans with the necessary treatment and opportunities to thrive in our society. After four years as mayor of my hometown of Revere, I look forward to utilizing my distinct ability to fight for veterans on a larger stage. I am uniquely qualified to lead the fight for reintegration and parity for veterans in our communities on a statewide level.
Our Commonwealth has come to be a national leader on Veteran care. From providing necessary financial and medical services for over 165 veterans and their families in Revere to ending chronic veteran homelessness in the city of Boston, it is clear that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts cares about its veterans. However, the work is not over. The job won’t be finished until every veteran returning home has a stable home, adequate pay, and a reliable job. This is a daunting task, but one we owe to the men and women who leave their families to protect us overseas.
Massachusetts has always been a leader in equal pay for equal work. As citizens of the commonwealth we should all be doing our part in ensuring it stays that way. Equal pay is not just a Massachusetts issue, it is a nationwide issue and we must lead by example. Through my time on the City Council and as Mayor of Revere, we were able to work on many infrastructure and business projects where we had the opportunity to hire both public and private contractors. Every private public partnership was a successful one enabling us to get things done while ensuring equitable treatment of workers, which of course includes equal pay for women. In January the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass, S.983 An Act to Establish Pay Equity, but the battle does not end here. There are still many issues to tackle, such as pay disparities amongst African-American and Latina women, who still earn 66 and 54 cents to every dollar a white man makes. These are unacceptable statistics that need to change; it is staggering that in the 21st century the disparity in pay remains. As State Senator, I will make equal pay for women of all backgrounds a strong priority.
From a young age we are taught a simple principle, "respect our elders”. Seniors have dedicated their lives to taking care of people whether it is their children, family members, or people in their community. As State Senator, no one would work harder to show them our gratitude.
Massachusetts has the best school system in America. As State Senator, I will work hard to improve the quality of education in our public schools.
There is no cause more important and fundamental than making sure that the youth in our community are able to enjoy reliable, exemplary education. The Greater Boston area is home to some of the greatest colleges and universities in the world. It is the hub of medicine, technology and innovation. However, we cannot be complacent. We must continue to work hard in order to stay ahead of the curve. During my term as mayor of Revere, Revere High School was named the Best 2014 Urban School in the United States by National Center for Urban School Transformation. In the same year we were also able to make great improvement on important educational spaces with grant money from the Secretary of Environmental affairs.
In order for our children to succeed we need to provide them with the appropriate resources. Every student must have access to up to date learning materials as well as adequate access to educators to ensure that they have equal opportunities to learn. The Greater Boston area, and Massachusetts as a whole, must provide our children the education that they need in order to become successful members of the workforce. As the work atmosphere involves, education must evolve as well. The curriculum in our public schools must represent the growing needs in our workforce. Our students must benefit from education in STEM fields as well as liberal arts fields in order to be prepared for their future endeavors in life whether they pursue higher education, enter the workforce, join the military or pursue any other goal. Due to my past experience as a mayor and city councilor, I am prepared to bring the necessary skills to the State House in order to ensure that the students of the First Suffolk and Middlesex district continue to benefit from the advanced educations that they deserve.
The opioid crisis is the first priority for any elected official in New England right now. Particularly in First Suffolk and Middlesex District, the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions and must be addressed immediately. This issue would be one of my top priorities if elected to State Senate.
Transportation is such an important issue for the people of the First Suffolk and Middlesex District because it affects everyone’s daily lives. Most of us need the T to get to work, and we all experienced the delays and cancellations trying to get in or out of the city. The problems with the MBTA need to be addressed, and I think I can help get that accomplished.
This campaign season has brought to every door what amounts to the oldest trick in the book. Political promises made by a candidate lacking a record to run on. Before voters go to the polls next week I am asking the voters to look around our city with me. I can't help but notice the progress we have made together: A new school, new parks, new playgrounds, a brand new football stadium, and a new and rejuvenated Broadway paid for with one hundred percent (100%) grant money, not Revere tax dollars. I am proud to be a part of a new day for Revere. I am proud to have kept the promises I have made to you.