Proposes Policies to Make Education Reform Local and MA Competitive for New Jobs. 1/30/2012
MARLBOROUGH – Stow resident and Acton native Dean Cavaretta officially announced today that he is a candidate for Massachusetts State Senate in the Middlesex and Worcester District.
Speaking to supporters tonight at the Halfway Café on Route 20, Cavaretta plans to tell the crowd he will use his work history as a high school social studies teacher and state transportation official to benefit the District.
“I am running for State Senate to offer new policies that will put education and the economy first, in order to make Massachusetts more competitive for new jobs,” Cavaretta said. “I will work hard to represent you as an independent voice, and will work across the aisle to help repair this fiscal emergency. I’ll use my skills as a former teacher to support accountable and local education reform. And as a former state transportation official, I am uniquely positioned to accelerate much needed reforms with both parties to benefit our state economy.”
Cavaretta, a registered Republican, told the audience he chose a slogan similar to Bill Clinton’s 1992 “Putting People First” because he, unlike Senator Eldridge, supports providing Medicare exclusively for seniors, no new state or federal taxes during a recession and pro-growth policies promoting the free market.
“I support holding the line on new taxes and out of control public debt. I do not support picking winners or losers in our tax code or propping up any one corporation or private industry,” Cavaretta said. “The Solyndra Playbook for new jobs has failed. It has wasted millions in special giveaways while Local Aid to cities and towns gets cut – effectively cost shifting fee hikes and property tax increases to local homeowners and town boards. The commercial vacancy rate on our main streets and Route 495 is 50 percent. We must allow Massachusetts to become more competitive for all small businesses.”
Cavaretta has already filed his Economic Plan with the State Senate in the form of a bill entitled “An Act to Make MA Competitive for New Jobs.”
Cavaretta received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Northeastern University, and is a 1989 graduate of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. In addition to teaching, Dean has coached high school football and lacrosse, and served as a Special Education Aide while financing his teacher certification program. Cavaretta told supporters he will be the “Education State Senator” by focusing on policies that grant higher performing school districts, including Middlesex and Worcester, more autonomy over school building assistance, regionalization agreements and curriculum decisions.
Cavaretta also supports an MCAS Exam for U.S. History and greater state assistance for training rookie teachers, calling professional development “the new [local] unfunded mandate” in MA Education Reform that needs to be fixed.
As a former transportation official under former Gov. Paul Cellucci, and later with Keville Enterprises, Inc. (KEI), Cavaretta worked with municipalities, design and construction companies on road, bridge and transit projects. He collaborated closely with high-level state officials from both parties on accelerating projects, on average from 7-10+ years for completion down to six or less. (Gov. Patrick signed the Performance Based Scorecard in April 2008). Dean’s work led to a Highway Division, District 4 assignment on Governor Patrick’s 8-year, $2 billion, Accelerated Bridge Program for KEI’s Project Controls Unit in 2009-2010.
Dean Cavaretta is currently a small business consultant and substitute teacher. His small business, Gen X Consulting, is based in MetroWest. He also serves as an Associate Member on the Stow Finance Committee.
For more information, please visit www.DeanCavaretta.com or Follow Dean’s campaign on facebook www.facebook.com/thecavarettacommittee.com and on Twitter @DeanCav