Endorsement: Jax Adele

Originally published in the Sun Chronicle on Feb 7th. http://www.thesunchronicle.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-to-the-editor-endorsement-for-ty-waterman-state-rep/article_6e36c8df-a7ae-584d-9083-d0555c4c5e4b.html


To the editor:

I have known Ty Waterman for over a year as a colleague at the YMCA. Our departments don’t overlap often, I’ve been able to get to know him as a volunteer for his campaign.

Ty is very approachable. His friendly smile and caring disposition make you feel welcomed. It was no surprise to learn he is a social worker. A great listener, Ty not only considers what someone is communicating but also the emotional context and position behind it. He sweetly acknowledges others with nods and related questions.

His ability to connect with people and truly listen makes me confident in his ability to be a public servant as state representative for Attleboro. He wants to help everyone in our community. He’s already begun helping individuals offering resources and information to those who stop to talk to him in his travels.

His persistence and self-driven attitude toward campaigning shows he genuinely loves this city. The volunteers who have surrounded Ty during this time are wonderful neighbors who are supportive of Ty and his pledge. When Ty and I disagree we are able to meet, communicate openly and with respect. I encourage you to find out more about Ty by visiting tyattleboro.com.

Jax Adele



Social club Yattleboro with Ty and Jan Waterman


Jax and Ty holding signs in the center of the city



January 30, 1918 – Today, I met a young woman who was shoveling her driveway. She wasn’t on my list of probable Dem. voters but we struck up a conversation about her health. She is on chemotherapy, has cancer in the 4 range (1-5), and expects to be dead before the end of the year. At first, she sounded bitter and consigned to her fate. She told me she was a Republican but it didn’t matter so much anymore.
This was not a time for me to seek her vote!
So I told her I am a recent cancer survivor and had my prostate removed in December. I also had cancer in the 4-5 range and feel very fortunate to be surviving. I urged her not to give up and that she was undoubtedly getting terrific treatment at Dana Farber. We both agreed that she simply cannot give up. Dana Farber isn’t giving up on her!
Then she switched over to politics and said, “I never thought I’d ever meet a Democrat like you.” I told her, “We are all human. I don’t care what party a person is in. I want to help whoever reaches out to me.” She smiled and thanked me for being with her for a few minutes. Whether or not I get her vote is totally irrelevant. I just don’t want her to give up.
My style is to care for people whatever their politics, religion or ethnicity is. We are all part of the human family and we all need to love and be loved.
It was a good day out on the trail.

For the first time in my life…

It’s official!!! I was certified by the Attleboro election office last Monday with 185 valid signatures (150 required) and filed with Secretary of State Galvin’s office this past Wednesday. It’s a relief and exciting. I’m going to be on the ballot for the first time in my life! In addition, I was OK’d by the Ethics Commission after filling out 42 pages, mostly about my financial affairs. I don’t owe any money, nor do I owe any special interest group my votes.

    I am free and clear to vote in the best interest of our Attleboro residents. I vow to always take into account the concerns of Attleboro and feel comfortable with my endorsements by SEIU, the State Social Workers Union, and the New England Carpenters Union. I have been asked to apply for half a dozen more endorsements and decided to focus on meeting the voters instead. Seeking endorsements is time-consuming and we only have five weeks left in the campaign. Besides, the other unions wanted me to support their issues. I am here for the voters of Attleboro, first and foremost!
    Thanks to all my volunteers for helping collect the 185 signatures!!


     I’m not a career politician. I am a social worker and a public servant. My goal is to help you, the citizens of Attleboro, with your problems. Call me, I will respond.
      I’ve been a resident of Attleboro since 2002, am married to a wonderful lady named Jan, and have two adult daughters, Kate and Arryn. I earned a bachelors degree in physical education and American history from the University of Maine (Orono) and a Masters from Boston University. In 1999 I co-wrote the book “The Year the Red Sox won the Series” about the 1918 Boston Red Sox; serve on the Board of Directors for Norton Singers and on the board of directors of SABR (The Society for American Baseball research. Acting and singing are in my blood.
      For the past three years, I’ve been the Social Worker for the Attleboro YMCA. I assist residents with counseling, employment issues, medical needs, transportation, etc. For the previous 19 years, I supervised foster care for intellectually disabled adults and DCF children and teenagers. I trained foster parents, visited the foster homes weekly, worked with families, arranged medical care and behavioral therapy for clients, wrote assessments, and prepared the agency for state audits.
      Prior to that, I worked nine years as a Social Worker for the Dept. of Developmental Services. I supervised group homes for disabled adults, monitored day programs, ran ISP meetings, and worked with medically and behaviorally involved clients at Wrentham State School.
      I know something about how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts cares for their clients.
      These are some of the specific issues I’m interested in as a State Rep.
      A: Elder Affairs:
          1. Legislating quality care by nursing homes.
          2. Ensuring dementia/Alzheimer’s training in state facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and home care.
          3. Be supportive of the Larson Senior Center’s mission.
      B: Children, Families and Disability Issues:
          1. Promoting independent choices by People With Disabilities.
          2. Improving outcomes for transition age youth (18 years and older) who have aged out of DCF care.
          3. Protecting children of the Commonwealth.
      C: Education
          1. Reform the Chapter 70 formula for educational aid.
      * OUR CHILDREN DESERVE AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION. I will work hard to increase Attleboro’s state education aid.
      * Fight for the MASS HEALTHCARE system. It will be under attack if the federal government moves to block grants.
      * Advocate on behalf of our SENIOR CITIZENS.
      * Improve state services for people living with a MENTAL ILLNESS, CHILDREN in FOSTER CARE, & people with an INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.
      * Protect Massachusetts and Attleboro’s ENVIRONMENT and oppose the Rehoboth Compressor Station. I will refile Paul Heroux’s bill which he sponsored on the compressor issue.
      * Budget your tax dollars CAREFULLY, WISELY, and with COMPASSION FOR THOSE IN NEED.
      * I handle my personal finances very carefully and will do so as YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE.
      * Above all, I will provide first-rate CONSTITUENT SERVICES. If you contact me, I WILL RESPOND PROMPTLY.


 In 1629, Richard Waterman, a direct descendant of mine, emigrated from England to Salem, Massachusetts to shoot wolves. But Richard soon joined Salem’s Baptist Church, pastored by Roger Williams. Since everyone else in Salem was a Puritan, the Baptist church was deemed heretical and a threat to the majority. So, in 1636, 100  Baptists were forcibly marched out of Massachusetts Bay Colony and deported to Rhode Island. They were told never to return to Massachusetts at the threat of their lives.
      Thankfully, the local Narragansett tribe befriended Pastor Williams and the rest of the Baptist flock. They were given land by the natives, which Roger Williams named Providence, a land where religious freedom became the law!
      I take the words on the Statue of Liberty personally.:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
      Fast forward 380 years to 2018. When I was a social worker supervising foster homes I had foster parents who emigrated from Cape Verde, Guatemala, and Haiti. They were dedicated professionals, hardworking, trustworthy and proud to be in America. They took care of the children, teens and disabled adults that no one else wanted.
       I knew these foster parents 5-10 years ago. But today they might not be welcomed into the United States. Today might be told to go back to their original countries. But the United States has become their home.
      What has happened to America? I grew up believing we were a country that welcomed people who had suffered great tragedies in their native lands, who were escaping danger, earthquakes, poverty and lack of opportunities. Why are we sending them back to their original countries after they have paid their taxes, educated their own-American born children, and given so much back to us?
What did they do wrong? Is it the color of their skin? Is it their accent? Why do these immigrants make us so uneasy?
      I wish all my Cape Verdean, Guatemalan, and Haitian born friends could find their own version of Providence that Richard Waterman found.
      I wish they could feel safe and be welcomed in the United States. I wish all of us could truly believe the words written on the Statue of Liberty.
 Submitted by Ty Waterman, Attleboro