Re-elect Rady Mom in 18th Middlesex
Lowell’s 18th Middlesex District needs state Rep. Rady Mom’s leadership and voice now more than ever at the Statehouse. The Highlands neighborhood has improved significantly with the infusion of state funding since Mom was first elected to the Legislature in 2014 and then again in 2016.
There’s no good reason to make a change, especially when Mom’s growing experience has become such an asset to Lowell’s Statehouse delegation.
The big economic development issue on Mom’s agenda is persuading the state to construct a new Rourke Bridge to improve the Highlands-to-Pawtucketville link and ease traffic woes.
It’s been a long and arduous road to get this project on the state’s radar. Where others have done their part over the past 20 years, it was Mom who got House Speaker Robert DeLeo to visit the Highlands, tour the bridge, and see the importance of upgrading this vital infrastructure over the Merrimack River. DeLeo was convinced and added funding to launch a crucial feasibility study.
Now there’s more than $2 million potentially in the pipeline, but Mom must usher it through in the next legislative session that begins in January for this to become a reality.
Mom’s a fighter and he’s gotten this far. Voters would be taking a step backward if they don’t give Mom the chance to finish the job. With four years of legislative experience under his belt, Mom has developed strong ties with Speaker DeLeo and the Republican administration of Gov. Charlie Baker.
Mom also holds a key seat on the House Education Committee, where members will be pushing to revise the funding formula for K-12 public education. Lowell schools need a strong presence at the table to make sure the city gets its fair share. Mom has said he will be pressing the city’s case from day one -- and we believe him.
The track record of Lowell’s House delegation -- Reps. Mom, Dave Nangle, Tom Golden -- is quite impressive. For fiscal year 2019, they collaborated with leadership to bring home a record $151 million in Chapter 70 and local aid funding.
This is a team that stands tall and together when Lowell’s interest is on the line. It should not be diminished with all the challenges that lie ahead.
The 18th Middlesex District is the epicenter of the city’s successful multicultural and ethnic transformation, where many Southeast Asians -- especially Cambodians -- came to find a new life in America after the horrific genocide of the Khmer Rouge in their native land nearly five decades ago.
Mom’s rise from escaping a Khmer Rouge refugee camp where his family was placed on a list to be executed to becoming a U.S. citizen is inspirational and extraordinary. He settled in Lowell, became a Buddhist monk, graduated community college, married, started an acupressure therapy business, and is raising a family of four children with his wife Sirady.
Mom may have been an accidental candidate when he won the 2014 election to succeed longtime Rep. Kevin Murphy in the 18th Middlesex. Yet it was no accident that voters embraced this optimistic man as a trustworthy and energetic community leader.
Mom became the nation’s first Cambodian-American elected to a state Legislature -- another proud legacy for Lowell.
Mom is a man of honor and a legislator dedicated to his district and city.
“Live the dream and be the voice for the people who cannot have a voice. That is how you serve and preserve your community.”
The words belong to Rady Mom.
The 18th Middlesex must preserve its voice of the people. The Sun urges voters to stand up for state Rep. Rady Mom on Sept. 4 in the Democrat primary.