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Campaign’s Goal Was to Put

November 15, 2018

By Dean Tran

Special to the Sentinel & Enterprise

Eleven months ago, when I was elected to the State Senate from the Worcester and Middlesex District in a special election, I promised my constituents that I would listen to their concerns, be honest with them, work hard, be transparent and deliver results. As the anniversary of that election approaches, my staff and I are extremely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved for our district. These accomplishments consist of securing 53 projects of various sizes, totaling $29.6 million in funding across the district in the FY19 budget and three bond bills.

I am also proud of the work we did to help pass bills concerning education, veterans and the opioid epidemic plaguing our state. We were also successful in bringing needed attention to infrastructure improvement needs such as Route 117 and Route 2.

When we launched our campaign for re-election, my directive was to run a clean and grassroots campaign based on my record working for you in the Senate. Our goal was to come to you where you lived to discuss the issues that mattered the most to you and that was exactly what we did.

The message of honesty, hard work and accomplishments resonated with the voters in our district. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank the voters for their resounding vote of confidence in my ability to continue serving them as their state senator.

This victory is not just momentous for my staff and I, but also for each and every person living in the Worcester and Middlesex District. This victory would not have happened without your support of all that we have been able to achieve together. What is important for us to remember is that this hard work and cooperation does not end on election night. I am so excited to get together with other local and state elected officials, community leaders and motivated citizens to get to work on the issues that matter most to us. Together, and with our friends in the governor and lieutenant governor, we will change this district for the better. We will work to grow the economy, we will improve our education system, we will work on our infrastructure, and we will fight the opioid epidemic.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayors DiNatale, Mazzarella and Hawke for their friendships. I am very lucky to represent a district that has the three best mayors in the commonwealth. I would like to thank council presidents, from Gardner, Councilor Graves; and from Leominster, Councilor Marchand. Your respective councils are very blessed with your leadership.

I would also like to extend a thank you to a friend, former state Senator Bob Antonioni for his kind words during my campaign. Last but not least, my wonderful volunteers: Nate, Mindy, Austin, Kyle, John, Jonathan, Christy, Cathy, Gwen, Donna, Mary, Deb, Lance, Frank, Tony, Wendy and so many others. I am incredibly grateful to all of you.

In closing, I would like to extend a very special thank you to some special people in my life starting with my wife, Kerry, who is the cornerstone of my political career and the foundation of our family. From feeding our toddler in the car while I was door knocking to get on the city council to making history tonight, I could not have done any of this without her. To my kids, I cannot be any prouder to be your father and thank you for putting up with a politician for a dad. To my sisters and brothers, thank you for being there for me when we were growing up. Our mom and dad raised us right and of course, my mother and father who were responsible for us being in the greatest country in the world.

Thank you very much.

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