The first job of a State Representative is to be active in the community they represent and to see and hear what matters most to their constituents. Our district deserves an enthusiastic Representative, who is energetic and eager to bring new ideas to the forefront for the future.
It is my firm belief that government should not occur behind closed doors. I will always put the needs of Norwood and Walpole first.
As State Representative, I will…
1. Support Act on Mass’s mission to secure roll call vote recording in the House, committee votes, and the publication of all votes taken in the state legislature.
It is a promise I have made from day one: I will make every single vote that I take, in committee or on the house floor, publicly and easily available to everyone. I want to ensure that all other representatives do the same. Democracy doesn’t happen behind closed doors. Our constituents have a right to know how their State Representative votes on all issues.
2. Hold frequent office hours in the district, to listen to and address your concerns, which will revolve around the busy schedules of working families.
I am not only focusing on being transparent while I am in the State House; when I am at home in the district, my door will always be open. Representation, however, cannot come when it is most convenient to the representative; it must come when it is most convenient to the represented. My office hours will be easily accessible inside the district, at times that will work around the busy schedules of working families.
3. Publish a regular newsletter to keep my community in the loop on what I have been working on in the State House because constituents deserve to know what their State Representative is up to.
Part of transparency comes in access: as much as I will be an open legislator, I also promise to be an accessible one. That means I promise to deliver to my constituents regular updates on the bills I plan to file, votes I take, and the inner workings of the State House.
4. Reform the House co-sponsorship process.
Many popular House bills get bogged down in committee backrooms and in limbo before they hit the floor, even with the majority of the legislators behind them. I support efforts already presented by other representatives to make co-sponsorships mean something in the House, and actually serve to push legislation forward. Otherwise, it will simply take too long to make bold, necessary changes in our state.