Ty Endorses: Jim Hawkins for State Rep of Attleboro

Jim Hawkins met with a well attended, enthusiastic crowd this evening at his kickoff event in Attleboro’s Industrial museum. I gotta tell you, Jim is exceeding my expectations. He is an extremely dedicated, tireless battler for social justice. If you measure a state legislator by how much he cares, how hard he works, and how effective he tries to be…. well, Jim is a 10.
I never thought I’d ever say this… but I am honored to have finished second to Jim in the state rep primary last winter.
When I am knocking on doors and meeting Attleboro folks day after day, hour after hour, it’s to get the opportunity to work with Jim Hawkins. Together, we can do our piece in making life better for citizens of Attleboro.
Thanks for all you are doing, Jim.
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I am officially beginning our campaign for the vacant citywide City Council seat in June!

Dear Attleboro – I am officially beginning our campaign for the vacant citywide City Council seat in June, with the election almost five months away on November 6, 2018. I am running on several key points ..

*  PUBLIC EDUCATION: I am a strong advocate for Attleboro’s children and teachers. We can have the best educational system of any city in Massachusetts!
*  ATTLEBORO BUSINESSES: Attleboro will soon have a first rate Director of Economic Development and a program to attract and support businesses.
*  PUBLIC SAFETY: We will maintain a top notch police and fire departments.
*  SENIORS: I support the Larson Senior Center and serving Attleboro’s seniors.
* CONSTITUENT SERVICE: I will listen and respond to your concerns.
HUMAN RIGHTS WILL BE SUPPORTED AND HONORED!!! – As a member of the Attleboro Council on Human Rights, we raised the flag for our LGBTQ community in a stirring ceremony last Friday. Attleboro is standing up as a city where human rights are upheld for everyone. Attleboro is a city that celebrates diversity and people from a variety of cultures. I am very proud to call Attleboro my home.
I have spent my adult life as a social worker, working with people struggling to be affirmed and honored. I served the intellectually disabled population at Wrentham State School and the Massachusetts Dept. of Developmental Services for 9 years. I also supervised foster care for adults and children throughout metropolitan Boston for 19 years. For the past three years I have been supporting residents of the Attleboro YMCA and assisting them with health, vocational, employment, and other personal needs.
Attleboro has a strong tradition of reaching out a helping hand to one another. I want to be part of that tradition by serving on the City Council.
If you want to join our team please call me at 508-577-1412. We are proud to call Attleboro our home.

 

To my friends, supporters, and anyone curious to find out what I am running for:

Two days ago a couple of my friends asked me if i want to run for election on Attleboro’s City Council. It seems that Julie Hall has just resigned the council, effective Sept. 3, 2018.
I SAID YES…. I WANT TO BE ON THE CITY COUNCIL.
Today I called Jim Hand, political reporter for the Attleboro Sun Chronicle, and told him I am running as an at-large candidate for the City Council this November. I have fallen in love with Attleboro since moving here in 2002. I have worked as a social worker at the Attleboro YMCA for the past three years, recently was appointed to the Council on Human rights, and want to help serve you and our city.
I have a chance now to support Mayor Paul Heroux in his quest to improve Attleboro’s schools, revitalize our downtown area, and bring in new businesses. My priorities are;
1. BUILD A FIRST-RATE SCHOOL SYSTEM, PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, AND SUPPORT OUR EXCELLENT LIBRARY.
2. HIRE A DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO REVITALIZE OUR CITY AND DOWNTOWN.
3. SUPPORT OUR EXCELLENT SENIOR CENTER.
4. SUPPORT ATTLEBORO’S POLICE, FIRE FIGHTERS, AND THE REST OF OUR CITY EMPLOYEES.
5. PROVIDE YOU WITH GOOD CONSTITUENT SERVICES.
I want to help the City Council and Mayor Heroux find ways to help our children, seniors, home owners, businesses, and those struggling to survive. Together, let’s join in helping Attleboro thrive!
Please let me know if you want to support my candidacy as a volunteer and/or financial contributor. 
I have been a social worker for over 30 years, serving residents of the Attleboro YMCA and supervised foster care for people with disabilities.

Team Ty for Jim Hawkins

To my faithful team: Having your wonderful support and constant help, sign holding, canvassing, social media (Jax), phone calls, and much, much more….. has been one of the most memorable, touching experiences of my life. I kid you not. Now I am offering each of you an opportunity to complete this special election on behalf of Jim Hawkins, the Democratic nominee for state rep.

I am endorsing Jim in the April 3 election. Jim is very qualified to be a state rep. He is intelligent, has a good heart, and is very knowledgeable about Attleboro’s educational needs. This is a critical election to keep Attleboro a progressive city and a positive voice in the state house.
I canvassed homes for Jim five hours today. I am certain that I convinced at least half a dozen people who had supported my candidacy to also support Jim. We can help deliver the election to Jim. Our 402 votes could be helpful.

On the Campaign Trail, 2/28/18

Today we held signs at the Attleboro train station. Several hundred passengers boarded six trains between 6 to 8 am, while I chatted with commuters. Three of our volunteers held signs and wished everyone ‘Good Morning”. It was a beautiful day and a good time for all.
But today’s high point was my visit to the Senior Housing program on North Ave. I met with fifteen seniors sharing donuts and coffee.  I sang a few Disney songs and played the guitar, with my favorite song “When You Wish Upon A Star.” Then we talked about the issues. The seniors were concerned about Medicare, Mass Health, Safety in Schools, and especially Mental Healthcare in Massachusetts.
The seniors felt that mental health issues were the key to random violence in schools  I strongly urged that the Mass. legislature strengthen our mental health budget. This will be a top priority for me in the state house along with school safety. I am against teachers carrying guns in schools. If need be, the state ought to consider helping towns and cities afford police patrolling entrance points into public schools. The decisions on using police should be made by each city and town, with subsequent financial help from the state.
It was a great discussion yesterday with our Attleboro seniors!
-Ty