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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  WHAT DOES JULIE HALL STAND FOR?

      I have been trying to figure out what Julie Hall believes and stands for. Not an easy task.
1. JULIE REFUSED TO DEBATE JEFF BAILEY ON TV IN FEBRUARY. THE MODERATOR, MAYOR PAUL HEROUX, DOES NOT KNOW WHY SHE REFUSED.
2. AT A RECENT CITY COUNCIL MEETING, JULIE ABSTAINED FROM VOTING FOR AN APRIL 3rd SPECIAL ELECTION TO ELECT A NEW STATE REP.
3.  JULIE ALSO ABSTAINED FROM PLACING THE DEBT EXCLUSION ON THE APRIL 3rd BALLOT TO FUND A NEW HIGH SCHOOL.
4. JULIE CITED A CONFLICT OF INTEREST LED HER TO ABSTAIN FROM THE VOTES. THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED 8-0 FOR THE APRIL 3rd ELECTION. AND THE 2 1/2 PROPOSITION OVERRIDE. I DON’T SEE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
5. JULIE HAS DECIDED NOT TO LEAVE THE CITY COUNCIL IF SHE IS ELECTED AS STATE REPRESENTATIVE. SHE DOES NOT SEE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN WORKING FOR BOTH THE STATE AND THE CITY AT THE SAME TIME. I DO SEE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON THIS ISSUE.
6. JULIE VOTED TO GRANT A PERMIT TO A NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITY IN ATTLEBORO.
7. JULIE ACCEPTED A PAIR OF $1000 CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM AN EXECUTIVE OF THE SAME MARIJUANA COMPANY. SHE SEES NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN ACCEPTING THIS MONEY. I DO SEE A POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
8. WHEN CRITICIZED BY STATE REP. CANDIDATE JIM HAWKINS FOR ACCEPTING THE PAIR OF $1,000 CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, JULIE SAID, “I DON’T THINK ANY OF MY SUPPORTERS DO IT TO REWARD ME. WHAT WOULD THEY BE REWARDING  FOR?”. (I can’t imagine why they might give her that money!)
9. JULIE DOES NOT BELIEVE PRIMARIES ARE NEEDED IN MASSACHUSETTS. SHE BELIEVES THERE SHOULD BE ONLY ONE VOTE AND THE HIGHEST VOTE-GETTER IS ELECTED. SHE STATED THIS MARCH 4th ON WARA RADIO. JULIE DOESN’T THINK MANY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE PRIMARIES.
10. JULIE STATED SHE WOULD NOT SUPPORT A MILLIONAIRE TAX IN MASSACHUSETTS. IF APPROVED ON A STATEWIDE BALLOT QUESTION, THE TAX WOULD SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS. JULIE SAID WE SHOULD FIND WASTE INSTEAD. (I support finding wasted money but still believe we need additional funding for schools).
MY CONCLUSION:
IN MY BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH JULIE HALL SHE SEEMS TO BE A NICE PERSON. SHE EVEN SUGGESTED TO ME RECENTLY THAT I OUGHT TO RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL.
BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE WOULD STAND FOR AS A STATE REPRESENTATIVE. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE SUPPORTS. 
-Ty
Ty speaking in his home at his Campaign Kick-Off Party 1/6/18

Why am I running for State Representative?

Attleboro residents ask me several times a week why I am running for state rep this winter? Here’s why…
  • I admire the job Paul Heroux has done for the past five years and want to continue his excellent work, especially with constituent services.
  • I am a career social worker and want to help the state continue our legacy of delivering first-rate human services for our children, elderly, mentally ill, intellectually disabled and middle-class folks.
  • I love Attleboro and want to bring more educational funding into our city.
  • I want to protect the Mass Health/Mass Connector for our residents.

All of the above is true, but why am I running for office NOW?

  • I have been propelled into action, in part, because the federal government shows no interest in the poor, mentally ill, intellectually disabled, and senior citizens of our Commonwealth.
  • The recent income tax legislation does precious little to improve the lives of our low-income citizens and will harm Massachusetts citizens who pay higher property taxes.
  • The White House and congressional leaders are supporting block grants that will erode away Mass Health and the health of many of our citizens.
  • And finally, Washington shows no interest in helping us protect our own environment. Boston is already planning for severe flooding from rising ocean water. Massachusetts needs to work with other northeastern states if we want to slow down the deadly effects of global warming.

It is time for Massachusetts Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Bay Staters of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, our wealthy, poor, and middle-class alike. It is time to take care of each other. Massachusetts is getting precious little help from the current federal government.

          That is why I am running for State Representative. I want to be a voice for Attleboro!
Submitted by Ty Waterman,
Democratic candidate for State Representative,
Attleboro, Massachusetts.