From the Sudbury Town Crier – http://www.wickedlocal.com/sud…
CHELMSFORD – Last Wednesday, Sandi Martinez officially launched her 2008 campaign for State Senate with a kickoff reception at the Chelmsford Country Club. Among those present were U.S. Congressional candidate Kurt Hayes, and State Representative candidate Paul Avella of Littleton.
Martinez addressed the capacity crowd with a message that focused on the need for a legislator who will truly represent the interests of the district. “Government needs to be accountable to the people,” she said. “To that end, I will bring transparency to Beacon Hill.”
Martinez was born in Waltham and grew up in Chelmsford where she and her husband of 26 years have raised their family. This is her second run at this office and Martinez is very confident of her chances for victory in 2008. “In 2006, incumbent Democrats throughout the state won a lot of contests on the coattails of Deval Patrick,” she said. “He has been in office for over a year now and his popularity has suffered.” Incumbent Senator Susan Fargo, whose seat Martinez hopes to occupy next year, was a strong supporter of Patrick.
Martinez told her supporters, “When I serve in the State Senate, I will be a loud voice for local aid so the cities and towns of the 3rd Middlesex District aren’t forced to place overrides on the ballots, adding an increased burden on citizens who are already over-taxed.” She noted a recent example of the sort of political games that are typical on Beacon Hill. “Last week, the GOP members offered an amendment to the annual local aid resolution that would have allocated an additional $150 million to cities and towns. For the 3rd Middlesex, that would have meant an additional $2,657,549 to cover snow removal and fuel costs that were much higher than had been anticipated.”
Susan Fargo voted against the amendment. The following is a breakdown by town of the resources that Fargo voted against: Waltham: $1,041,594; Chelmsford: $606,655; Lexington: $305,992; Sudbury: $176,571; Concord: $170,031; Bedford: $151,506; Lincoln: $89,079; Weston: $74,685; Carlisle: $41,436.
“These kinds of political games must stop,” Martinez said. “I will work for the citizens rather than the party. It doesn’t matter where an idea originates, if it is good for the citizens, I will support it!”