Deborah GoldbergI AM RUNNING for lieutenant governor because there is so much at stake for Massachusetts. We are losing jobs and population at an incredible rate, and the cost of living in this state is quickly growing out of reach for many of our families.
My unique experience in both public service and the private sector would enable me to be a true partner with the next governor, to help tackle the root causes of many issues facing our state. We must make health insurance affordable without sacrificing quality of care, fund our public higher educational system so our kids are taught the skills they need in today's economy, and work to create more homes people can afford to live in, especially for our seniors.
Right now the cost of health insurance is ballooning out of control. Although the recent health insurance bill is a step in the right direction, it does not solve the problem. Health insurance companies are passing the costs on to those in need of insurance, and they must be brought to the table to address the issue of containing costs.
We must also utilize our state's public higher education system to give our kids the tools they will need to be competitive in the industries that are here in Massachusetts, such as biotech and life sciences. Our skilled work force has always been our state's greatest resource, yet under the Romney-Healey administration, we have fallen to 47th in the United States in per capita funding of our state's community colleges and public universities, behind both Mississippi and Alabama. That needs to change if we want to attract employers that will bring and keep jobs in our state.
While I was chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen in my hometown, over 500 units of expiring-use, affordable housing for seniors were going to be sold at market price. I stepped in to make sure that these units would remain affordable to our seniors, because their cost of living, particularly, is quickly becoming too much to afford.
I am running to be lieutenant governor because our state is at a crossroads. With my unique experience I will hit the ground running and help our next governor address these important issues when we take office next January. I welcome this challenge and hope for the support of voters in the Democratic primary on Sept. 19.
Deborah Goldberg is the former chairwoman of the Brookline Board of Selectmen.
Tim MurrayTODAY, MY WIFE and I are raising our daughter just down the street from the house where I grew up, and where my parents still live. I'm one of five children. My mother is a nurse. My father is a retired schoolteacher. They taught me by their example that through hard work, people of modest means can build a better life for their children.
But it is not easy. We look to the next governor and lieutenant governor for solutions to the rising cost of housing and property taxes, a declining population, and a sluggish economy. But for the past four years, as the mayor of the second-largest city in Massachusetts, I've often wondered what the incumbents see when they look out at us.
The fact is that cities and towns are suffering from years of cuts in aid for education and public services. The Romney-Healey administration asks us to focus on the income tax while they shift the burden to the property tax and we are hit with new and increasing fees and fines.
For those of us who provide the services most important to citizens , it is a recipe for economic disaster at the local level, and it must be changed. I'm running for lieutenant governor because we need a voice for cities and towns in the corner office.
Leadership is more than election slogans. Governing requires more than good intentions. Experience counts, and this is no time for on-the-job training. Worcester has nearly 180,000 residents with 24,000 children in our public schools, and is home to three major medical centers and nine colleges and universities. Our recent growth is no accident.
When I was elected mayor in 2001, I led an effort to shake up the city administration and put in place new management policies and personnel to make government more efficient and responsive. We focused on innovation, leveraged our strengths in higher education and biomedical research, and pushed for expanded commuter rail service. We have revitalized acres of old industrial sites and created jobs and housing opportunities. Today, Worcester is the fastest-growing city in the state. More than $1 billion of economic development projects are under way, creating thousands of jobs -- and that's just the beginning.
The view from the corner office at the State House should always be focused on the residents of the Commonwealth, and it's time for leaders with that vision.
Tim Murray is the mayor of Worcester.
Andrea SilbertI AM RUNNING for lieutenant governor to bring my experience as a social entrepreneur to statewide office, using my business skills to promote social change.
In 1995, I cofounded the Center for Women & Enterprise in Roxbury. My dream was to ensure that everyone, regardless of their starting point in life, had the opportunity to reach economic self-sufficiency and prosperity. Today, with additional offices in Worcester and Providence, the center is one of the largest entrepreneurial training centers in the country.
In 10 years, my team and I helped create over 14,000 jobs, producing $400 million in new wages every year.
I grew up in Massachusetts, and my husband and I are raising three children here. But today, I don't believe it offers our kids all that it offered me. Every child deserves outstanding public schools, clean air and water, and the opportunity to find an affordable home and a good-paying job. Yet it has gotten harder.
We are down 150,000 jobs. That means nearly $500 million in lost revenues to fund schools, healthcare, housing, the environment, and social services. As a true partner to our next governor, I would bring my expertise in job creation to state government.
We face other challenges in Massachusetts as well. Increasingly, families such as mine can't afford homes near their jobs. I will advocate for further investment in rail and transit to help keep our workers and young families in state.
A good society measures itself by how it treats all its citizens, especially the disadvantaged. I began my career on Wall Street and left to work in Latin America, most recently with street girls in Brazil. I started CWE to help address problems of inequality here at home. As lieutenant governor, I will lead an effort to end homelessness in Massachusetts, starting with family homelessness.
Finally, I will be a voice for the environment. I serve as a trustee with the Harwich Conservation Trust in my town. To add some fun to the campaign, I have planned a whistle-stop kayak tour on Sept. 9 and 10 to highlight environmental issues.
To sum up, I'm running because jobs create the revenue our state so badly needs. I know how to grow our economy by working with entrepreneurs from single moms to MIT engineers. I've rolled up my sleeves and helped businesses grow. That's what it will take to turn our economy around.
Andrea Silbert is the former CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise.