At a kickoff celebration, on June 7, 2018, Westford resident, Kathy Lynch, officially announced her campaign for State Representative in the 2nd Middlesex District. The district includes Westford, Littleton, and precincts 5,7 and 8 of Chelmsford. With encouragement from colleagues and supporters, Lynch decided it was best for the voters of the district to have a choice at the ballot box on November 6, 2018.
At her kickoff event, Lynch shared that she grew up on Long Island. “Don’t hold it against me,” she quipped. She was the youngest of five children – the “baby” of the family. “You would never know it with hair like this,” she joked while tugging at her gray hair. Altogether, she and her husband, John, have lived in Massachusetts for fifteen years. As a mother of two very active teenagers attending the Westford Public Schools, Lynch sees the importance of quality education and healthy communities. “The children need balance – academically, socially, and physically,” said Lynch.
With years of experience working in the federal government, private industry, small business, and volunteering within the community, Lynch understands the world of work and wants to support strong, local businesses. “Many small businesses are thwarted in their tracks with upfront expenses, regulations, licensing, taxes, permitting, insurance and competition from big business. Yet, small business has the unique capacity to reach innovative, niche markets that our district needs,” says Lynch.
Lynch considers herself a true patriot stating, “My Dad and other relatives have served in the military in order to defend America’s freedoms. As a legislator, I will uphold American principles set forth by our forefathers in the Constitution and other founding documents. I will demand transparent, public access for every legislative vote. The voters in this district deserve that. Additionally, I will vote against excessive, burdensome taxes while directing more of our tax dollars to local aid.”
In a long but exciting day, Westford delegates joined delegates from across the state to pick their favorites among the candidates running for State Office. Members of the Westford Republican Town Committee as well as several town Republicans served as delegates. The event provided opportunities to meet fellow Republicans throughout the state while supporting those on the campaign trail.
Those winning endorsement by the Massachusetts Republican Party included:
Charlie Baker – Governor, Karyn Polito – Lieutenant Governor, Geoff Diehl – Senate, Jay McMahon – Attorney General, Anthony Amore – Secretary, Helen Brady – Auditor, and Keiko Orrall – Treasurer. To be on the ballot for Republican Primary Elections, candidates needed 15% of the vote. Though not endorsed by the majority of Convention delegates, the following candidates will be included on the Primary ballot: Scott Lively – Governor, Dan Shores – Attorney General, Beth Lindstrom and John Kingston – Senate.
Mark your calendars for the State Primaries on Tuesday, September 4 and the State Election on Tuesday, November 6.
Nominations papers are being signed throughout the state for various state positions. The campaign year is revving up. The MA Republican State Convention is set for April 28th 2018. Westford is sending 16 delegates to the convention with the intent to bring the very best candidates forward to the Primary Elections in November.
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The Westford Republican Town Committee held a Caucus on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St., Westford, MA at 10:30am to elect delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention which will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 28, 2018. Official members of the Westford Republican Town Committee were the only eligible voters to elect the delegates for the Convention but any registered Republican (registered by December 31, 2017) was able to run for a delegate spot.
The Convention’s primary role is to endorse statewide candidates for nomination ahead of the state primary election in September 2018. Republican candidates seeking endorsement are for the offices of:
- United States Senator in Congress (Class I)
- Governor of the Commonwealth
- Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth
- Treasurer and Receiver-General
- Auditor of the Commonwealth
- Attorney General
- Secretary of the Commonwealth
At the State Convention, candidates must attain 15% of the delegates’ vote on any ballot in order to qualify for ballot access for the state primary election.
RE: House Bill (H3361) “Asian De-Aggregation”
The Westford Republican Town Committee has been made aware of pending Massachusetts House Legislation (H3361) entitled the “Asian De-Aggregation” bill. If passed this bill would require all persons of Asian descent to identify their ethnic origins in more specific detail on all public forms and documents requiring the disclosure of ethnic information in Massachusetts. Concerns have been particularly heightened because the purpose of this information remains unclear. History shows that the gratuitous collection of this type of information can easily lead to its abuse and has all too often formed the basis for discrimination. The Westford Republican Party supports national and state policies that make no distinction among people according to their race or national origin. For this reason, we do not support this bill in its current form.
(This position was adopted by unanimous vote of the WRTC, taken on November 11, 2017.)
Each year, Massachusetts’s residents have the opportunity to get involved in legislative ballot initiatives. You may see petition gatherers in various public spaces such as grocery stores, post offices, and filling stations. The petitioners simply ask passersby whether they want to sign a petition that will place the measure on the state ballot.
A ballot initiative to help stop taxpayer funding of abortion is currently being circulated. Many taxpayers are adamantly opposed to abortion and even those in favor of abortion don’t want to pay for them via taxes. This initiative seeks to amend the Massachusetts Constitution to include the simple phrase, “Nothing in this constitution requires the public funding of abortion.” 65,000 signatures are needed to get the measure on the 2020 Massachusetts ballot, allowing the citizens to vote on whether they wish their tax dollars to fund abortion or not.
Massachusetts General Law defines abortion as “the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child.” To get a picture of the number of unborn babies being destroyed, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that 18,570 abortions took place in Massachusetts during 2015. Based on available state-level data, an estimated 908,000 U.S. abortions took place in 2015. Since 1973, in the U.S., almost 60 million unborn babies have been destroyed.
The ballot initiative has a fast-approaching deadline of November 22, 2017. If you would like to sign the petition or help gather signatures, please call 781-312-8755, email Bernadette@StopTaxpayerAbortion.org, or visit Facebook.com/StopTaxpayerAbortion.
– Kathy Lynch
To say that the United States is divided today is almost an understatement. Some might say that we are at civil impasse. While our national tension may seem very new and frightening, history shows that its roots extend back to the ratification of our Constitution.
By 1787, our nation had cast off the chains of foreign oppression. The taste of victory was very short lived because Americans immediately found themselves thrust into a crucial debate over how they would govern themselves.
This debate involved two opposing factions, the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalist supported the establishment of a strong central government. Often described as “monied” men, their ranks included; large land owners, merchants, planters, and creditors. They promised security through a strong national constitution that gave the government the power to raise an army and impose taxes.
Having just experienced the oppression of Great Britain, the Anti-Federalist were suspicious of such a government. Largely comprised of small farmers and debtors, the Anti-Federalist recoiled at the notion of an army. They feared that the Federalists would use it, along with the power of taxation and the authority of the federal court, to create an aristocracy, resulting in their bondage.
Ratification of our Constitution was never guaranteed. This uncertainty provoked a compromise. The fruit of that compromise was the “Bill of Rights” . Ten amendments established explicit rights to freedom of the press, of religion, to assemble, to be secure in person. It prohibited self-incrimination. In short, it banned all the tools of oppression with which our founding generation were very familiar. It also granted the right to keep and bear arms. Common people could now defend themselves against threats in their daily lives, and if necessary against a government gone out of control.
Today’s supporters of the second amendment trace their legacy back to the Anti-Federalist, and share their concern over centralized government power. Unlike liberals and progressives, they are cautious, if not wary of government authority. To them the history of human society is largely the story of government abuse and oppression. To those who view these reservations as unfounded, they would pose this question? What has changed about human nature, that would reasonably warrant someone to believe that free people should ever relinquish their right to defend themselves?
– Dennis J. Galvin
Prompted by the violence and hatred that manifested itself in Charlottesville VA last month, during a clash between white supremacists and protesters, the Massachusetts Republican State Committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning racism and political violence, at their quarterly meeting held at the Newton Marriot, Aug. 13.
State Committee member Brock Cordeiro from Plymouth presented the resolution, which specifically condemned the actions and beliefs of white supremacists, Nazis and the Ku Kux Klan. The resolution was amended by member Dennis Galvin of Westford who broadened the condemnation to include: “any group that uses violence to achieve political ends.” Galvin also added a provision that committed the Republican Party to “the preservation of constitutional liberty.”
In offering his amendment, Galvin said that it was fully supportive of the “spirit and intent” of Cordeiro’s resolution but felt that it needed to be broadened. Both the amendment and the full resolution passed the 80 member state committee with only one dissenting vote.
In other business, the Committee approved rules for the 2018 Republican state convention, to be held in Worcester. A controversial proposal to increase the number of super-delegates was withdrawn prior to the meeting. The delegate selection process will continue to rely heavily on city ward and town caucuses. However, a limited number of super-delegates will be allowed; the number will remain consistent with past years. Delegates will also be able to cast a ballot for a “no preference.” These so-called “blank ballots” will be counted as part of the total votes cast, which could have an effect on candidate eligibility. State law allows candidates to challenge one another in statewide party primaries provided they obtain a minimum 15 percent of their convention vote.
The tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville Virginia, is a watershed moment for the nation. For the past few years we have experienced increasingly hateful rhetoric, and acts of violence in our politics. What occurred in Charlottesville was a national disgrace, and it should serve as a warning to all those, who respect Democratic values and traditions that the time has come to say enough!
The first step in this process is to respect the rule of law. While every person in this nation has a fundamental right to express their opinion, no matter how repugnant, no one has the right to resort to violence to make a political point. Police officials must allow protests from all sorts of groups. They do not have to stand by and watch them taken over by thugs. As soon as any manifestation of violence occurs; such as, the refusal to obey permits, the wearing of helmets, the carrying of shields, clubs or other armaments, the police should shut down the event and disperse the crowd. This was not done in Charlottesville and it hasn’t been done in other locations as well.
The second step is for law abiding people to explicitly condemn violence by whatever group perpetrates it. There is nothing that can justify political violence in a nation of law, where civil rights are guaranteed. There are too many people taking sides in these incidents, attempting to justify the actions of one group over another. Anyone who resorts to violence to advance a political agenda is a threat to all of us. To make distinctions among thugs is the height of absurdity.
People who engage in political violence are fascists, regardless of their political views. In 1938 when the Nazis joined with Communists in signing the non-aggression pact, Soviet Ambassador Sergei Molotov commented that “fascism is simply a matter of taste”. If you are prepared to hit someone with a club, because you think your political beliefs are more justified than theirs, you are a fascist. The true mark of political extremism is the willingness to commit violence. It is time to end this once and for all!
– Dennis J. Galvin