WESTFORD — Dennis Galvin, a well-known Republican and long-time Westford Planning Board member, is promising an “aggressive and insightful” campaign for Republican State Committee from the 1st Middlesex District, a campaign that’s shaping up as a city vs. the suburbs contest.
“We are facing serious threats to our security, prosperity and freedom,” Galvin said. “Courageous and competent leadership must be brought forward in order to successfully meet the challenges facing us.
“The Massachusetts Republican State Committee is the governing board of the state Republican Party,” said Galvin. “It is responsible for developing this leadership. It has been in failure mode for the past 40 years. The time has come for this committee to move the party forward. The citizens of this state need an alternative to the bloated, ineffective and unresponsive power structure on Beacon Hill.”
Galvin officially announced his candidacy Wednesday morning on the Westford Town Common.
The district is currently represented by Richard Green, of Lowell, and Susan Slade, of Groton. Neither is seeking re-election.
Besides Galvin, the field includes Jordan Gys, who unsuccessfully ran for Lowell City Council last fall; Georjann McGaha, of Lowell; and state Rep. Sheila Harrington, of Groton.
The election is March 1, the same day as the presidential primary. One man and one woman get elected. McGaha was scheduled to officially announce her candidacy during a gathering of local Republicans Thursday night in Lowell.
Besides Groton, Lowell and Westford, communities in the district are Dunstable, Pepperell and Tyngsboro.
A retired Massachusetts State Police officer, Galvin ran for Westford state representative in 2004 and again in 2014. Listening to Galvin explain why he’s running, it’s pretty clear he’s not happy with the state GOP.
He said: “The Republican State Committee must assert its leadership role in the party. Personal vendettas and factionalism must end. The committee must focus the party on its mission, which is to provide rigorous oversight over state government services, ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. It must also offer solutions to the problems we face, that minimize the burden on the taxpayer and facilitate economic growth, which is the answer to most of our problems. As Republicans, we must become more articulate in stating our positions, more persistent in fundraising, relentless in registering Republican voters and remain united with one focus, which is to win the hearts and minds of the voters of this state.”
Cliff Krieger, a member of Lowell’s License Commission and one of the city’s more vocal Republicans, is excited about the race and reminds everyone to vote on March 1. He has this reminder for district Republicans: “The election on 1 March is not just about the Presidential Primaries. It is also about electing our party committee persons for the Republican and Democrat Parties.”