Guest MINDSETTER™ Richard Moore: Why I’m Running for State Senate
Friday, July 20, 2012
When I began the current term, I promised to fight to put people back to work, and to make state government work better for the people it should serve. However, promises must be followed by action, and the facts are that I get results to help the people of my district and the state.
- My reason for seeking another term as State Senator is that, despite our successes, the work is far from done. For example, between this session and next, I intend to: Help businesses in our district remain viable and grow in order to retain and value current employees as well as add new jobs for those seeking employment, like the $2.2 million grant that I helped to bring to Oxford that will help IPG Photonics to expand and that will help other Oxford businesses as well as those in Dudley and Webster to grow as well;
- Promote employment opportunities for our veterans who have a jobless rate higher than for others. I sponsored provisions in the VALOR Act which will help veteran-owned small businesses compete for state contracts;
- Continue to improve the performance of state government and make it increasingly transparent and accountable to you, the taxpayers, as I did by adding performance measurement provisions in the state financial management reform act;
- Make health care more affordable, while maintaining universal access and improving quality and safety, as I am doing as lead Senate sponsor of legislation to contain rising health costs; and
- Promote efforts to keep Massachusetts students at the forefront of learning the knowledge and skills necessary for success in our global economy, as well as help students of any age to become active, engaged citizens of our democracy, through my leadership of the Special Commission on Civic Learning and Engagement.
From my conversations, either formally through constituent services, or informally at our local coffee shops, I’ve heard loud and clear that the people’s agenda must be aggressive, and more importantly, that the people I am proud to serve want results, not rhetoric and positive action, not gridlock!
Bipartisanship isn’t a slogan to me. I’ve worked across the political aisle to successfully pass legislation to increase penalties for driving without a license and to make it more difficult for unlicensed residents to drive on our roads, endangering the public.
My promise to everyone in Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Oxford, Southbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge, and Webster, is to keep delivering results that matter to every resident of our Worcester & Norfolk district. Joanne and I remain incredibly humbled by the continued friendship and support that voters have given to me, and I will not let them down!
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