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For state senate

VOTERS WHO complain about negligible differences between Democratic and Republican candidates don't live in the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex Senate district stretching from Wayland to Attleboro. The two candidates competing in the March 2 special election offer a clear contrast on the issues. Angus McQuilken, the Democrat, is the choice for voters who want broad-minded, forward-looking leadership on both statewide and local issues.

 

McQuilken, of Millis, who served as chief of staff to former state senator Cheryl Jacques, helped craft the state's tough Gun Control Act of 1998. His Republican opponent, state Representative Scott Brown of Wrentham, earns high marks from the National Rifle Association. McQuilken, 34, doesn't rule out the need for new tax revenues to protect basic municipal services such as public safety and education. His opponent has taken the no-new-taxes pledge. McQuilken supports gay marriage. His opponent has voted for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. McQuilken opposes the death penalty. His opponent supports it.

McQuilken is not a limousine liberal, however. The University of Massachusetts graduate is a strong proponent of national criminal background checks for school employees. And he would be an effective fighter for suburban school districts that struggle for their fair share of state funding for education.

McQuilken understands the concerns of voters in the economically diverse district. He seeks to create a business-friendly environment for emerging technologies. Fittingly, he promises to fight for a community college campus in Attleboro so more people can benefit in the job market.

McQuilken worked long and hard for the district before Jacques resigned her office last month, and he has proved that he can deliver constituent services effectively. He deserves to return in a leading role. McQuilken worked long and hard for the district before Jacques resigned her office last month, and he has proved that he can deliver constituent services effectively. He deserves to return in a leading role.

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