This Tuesday, November 6th voters in Westborough will go to the polls to cast their vote. I write today to encourage you to vote for Dean Cavaretta for State Senate. There are many reasons to vote for Dean but I present what I believe to be the top ten.
10. Dean believes that a State Senator needs to support legislation that puts public safety first
Unlike his opponent, State Senator Jamie Eldridge who was one of only seven Senators who voted against Melissa’s Law, Dean supported Melissa’s Law. Dean serves on the Board of Princess and Dolls, an organization committed to ending human trafficking in Massachusetts. Les Gosule, the father of Melissa Gosule, who Melissa’s Law is named after, has endorsed Dean. Dean has also been endorsed by Protect Mass Children.
9. Dean wants to protect Medicare for seniors
Dean is against Senator Eldridge’s proposal to expand Medicare-for-all like in Vermont and Canada. Senator Eldridge’s bill would include 5 new taxes that the middle class can’t afford. Instead, Dean proposes the legislature improve the Mass Health Connector, a bi-partisan piece of legislation.
8. Dean wants the MA Legislature to live within its means
With a budget of more than 36 billion dollars, Dean believes the State doesn’t have a revenue problem but a debt, spending, and fraud problem.
7. Dean wants the Mass Department of Transportation (MASSDOT) to be more Efficient
The average state construction project takes 7-10 years. Dean worked at Mass Highway under Governor Paul Cellucci and MassDOT under Governor Deval Patrick. Dean will look to make state transportation projects more efficient with the goal of all construction projects taking six years or less.
6. Dean will help bring balance to Beacon Hill.
Currently, there are only 4 Republican State Senators out of 40. This is not enough to guarantee roll-call votes on every bill. The best way to increase transparency in the legislature is to make sure there is more parity in the number of legislators from each party.
5. Dean will be on the Legislature’s Education Committee if elected
The Republican State Senate Caucus already announced it would appoint Dean to the Legislature’s Education Committee. The Committee has subject matter jurisdiction through the 12th grade. Senator Eldridge is not on this committee.
4. Dean is a certified Teacher with a 10-point education plan
Dean is a certified teacher who has taught in the Acton-Boxborough and Lexington School Systems as a Middle School and High School History teacher and as a Special Education Aid. Dean’s ten-point plan for education includes implementing a U.S. History MCAS exam and ending unfunded education mandates from the State.
3. Dean will fight for Local Aid
Dean proposes that the Massachusetts Legislature go from the current one-year budget cycle to a two-year budget cycle. This will give towns and cities the ability to better plan their budgets long-term.
2. Dean Understands We Need to Make Massachusetts More Affordable
Recently, CNBC named Massachusetts the second most expensive state to do business in in the country. Massachusetts is already an expensive place to live, yet Senator Eldridge wants to raise gas taxes, income taxes, and enact a carbon tax. Dean wants to make Massachusetts more affordable by lowering corporate and personal taxes back towards 5 percent.
1. Dean’s Top Priority is Jobs and the Economy.
Dean has submitted to the legislature a bill called “An Act to Make MA More Competitive for Jobs.” The bill will freeze new regulations on small businesses for the next 36 months. The National Federation of independent Businesses (NFIB) has endorsed Dean.
To learn more about Dean and his jobs plan please see his website: www.deancavaretta.com
To learn more about Dean’s education plan, please see his education-specific website: www.momsanddadsfordean.com
Thank you very much for your time.
Southborough and Westborough Volunteer Town Coordinator for State Senate Candidate Dean Cavaretta