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Re-elect Colleen Garry

August 27, 2018

State Rep. Colleen Garry’s toughest election was her first, when in 1994 she defeated a well-known selectman in the primary and a hard-nosed Republican in the general to represent the 36th Middlesex District. Since then it’s been smooth sailing. There’s a reason. Garry does what reps are supposed to do: take care of business in the district.

On Sept. 4, Garry faces a primary challenge from Dracut School Committee member Sabrina Heisey, a progressive who seems bent on shaking things up politically. What’s good for Heisey, however, might not be so good for the district, which includes Tyngsboro.

Garry isn’t the typical Beacon Hill Democrat. She’s got a conservative streak that often bucks the interests of House leaders and others. She raises points that should be debated in the open and not ushered into backroom wheeling and dealing. Still, leadership respects her views, the reason why Garry’s been able to win millions in funding for public education, public safety, parks and recreation, and economic development projects in both Dracut and Tyngsboro.

She remains committed to protecting the rural environment and advocates for senior citizens and veterans.

To some voters, local initiatives count. Last week, a civic organization Garry helped form, Dracut Volunteers, announced it raised $20,000 for GIS trackers to be given to individuals who could go missing, like Alzheimer’s patients or a young person with autism. The idea behind Dracut Volunteers began with the search for Kathryn Lucier, a Dracut woman with dementia who went missing in 2016 before being found following an intensive three-day search -- a search Garry participated in.

Voters can depend on Garry to remain local to the core in her job at the Statehouse. Boston hasn’t changed her, and never will.

The Sun endorses Rep. Colleen Garry in the Democrat primary for state representative in the 36th Middlesex.

Robertson gets nod in 19th Middlesex

The next state representative in the 19th Middlesex District faces an unenviable task. James Miceli, who died on April 21, was unmatched in constituent services and the passion with which he represented Tewksbury and Wilmington for 40 years.

Five Democrats have stepped up: Erica Johnson, chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee; Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman; Wilmington Selectman Michael McCoy; Judy O’Connell, a former Wilmington selectman and School Committee member; and David Robertson, Miceli’s chief of staff. The district will be fortunate to have any of those names appear on the November ballot. The most impressive, though, has been Robertson.

Robertson has acquired a big-picture approach to the 19th, having spent five years working in both towns. A self-described “blue dog Democrat,” Robertson appears to be cut from Miceli’s cloth: fiscally conservative, voting for party positions when they benefit the district and against extreme left proposals when they don’t. He has supported gun owners, championing a signature ownership protection act following his boss’s death.

David Robertson has the depth of knowledge and the passion to serve the 19th Middlesex, and deserves your vote on Sept. 4.

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