Galvin Kicks off 2014 Campaign with Call for Reform on Beacon Hill

Westford Republican challenges Arciero to step up the fight against corruption.

Westford Republican challenges Arciero to step up the fight against corruption.

Westford, Mass., April 14, 2014 – Dennis Galvin’s official State Representative campaign kick-off event this month was well-attended by Second Middlesex District residents interested in driving change on Beacon Hill. Galvin made three appearances across the towns of Littleton, Chelmsford and Westford, ending the day with a reception at BixBite Restaurant in Westford.

State Representatives Jim Lyons (Eighteenth Essex District) and Shaunna O’Connell (Third Bristol District) showed their support for Galvin by attending the event in Westford, urging local citizens to vote for change on Beacon Hill by voting for Dennis Galvin in November. At the reception at BixBite, House Minority Leader, Representative Brad Jones (Twentieth Middlesex District), pledged his support for the candidate, as well.

Galvin reiterated his reasons for running for office, stating that he is deeply concerned that substantial power has accumulated in the hands of one political party on Beacon Hill to the point where the public’s business is now being conducted by a “political machine”.

“Political machines suffer from one major limitation,” Galvin stated. “They can’t provide enough benefits, privileges and opportunities for everyone. Ultimately, they are forced to take resources from the productive sectors of society and transfer them to the unproductive. The focus of state policy drifts away from what is best for all the people in the Commonwealth to what is necessary to maintain and perpetuate the political machine. A government operating by machine politics is inherently unfair, secretive, oppressive and totally unresponsive to the needs of the average citizen.”

Galvin continued -- “In any society run by such an arrangement there are inevitably winners and losers. By my estimation, the Second Middlesex District has been a net loser. Our district is comprised of productive, hardworking people, who care for their families and desire to build a future here in Massachusetts, yet, our economic opportunities are being limited, our burden of taxation is increasing and state aid, which is vital for the protection of our communities, the education of our children, the maintenance of our roads, and as our hedge against property tax increases, remains stagnant, while unfunded state mandates and our state budget are increasing.”

“Our voice on Beacon Hill is being drowned out by a crescendo of special interests,” Galvin explained. “The constraints imposed by one-party domination of the legislature are limiting the choices available to us to address the issues we face. This, coupled with the significant record of corruption on Beacon Hill, has alienated many citizens from their state government. I think we can do better. It is time for a change.”

Galvin went on to address corruption, make a pledge and invite the district’s current representative, James Arciero, to join him in his pledge -- “The corruption on Beacon Hill and in our state government is horrendous. Direct action is needed to address the problem. In 2011, the Republican leadership of the House offered an ethics reform bill that would have made it incumbent upon every legislator to report criminal activity and unethical conduct involving other members or their staffs. Needless to say, this bill was rejected.”

“I stand before you today and I make this pledge: If you elect me as your State Representative, I will hold myself to that standard. I invite my opponent to join me in this pledge. It is far more important for the people of this district to have trust and confidence in the legislative process than it is for their State Representatives to build networks of allegiances with Beacon Hill politicians.”

For more information about candidate Dennis Galvin, visit: galvin4staterep.com.

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