Why are you running?
"I left the Democratic Party last summer when the governor and Legislature raised the sales tax. I no longer believed that the party represented my core values of fiscal responsibility and support for the middle class.
I am running as an Independent because I'm fed up with the two-party system and tired of partisan bickering. The parties fight with each other for political gain, and nothing gets done -- the needs of the taxpayers are left behind.
I believe that leadership should always transcend party. The issues facing our Commonwealth do not discriminate on the basis of political party, and the solutions to building a more secure future will not be achieved without a bipartisan effort.
I am running for governor because the middle class is getting overlooked and there is no longer anyone representing our interests. Look at your choices this year: a Democrat who raised taxes and sent much of our state's decision-making power to Washington, and a Republican who saddled taxpayers with billions of dollars in debt by concocting the financing scheme for the Big Dig. We have to do better than that.
I understand the struggles of the middle class because I share those same struggles in my own life -- unlike the other two candidates in this race. As a former small-business owner, I am the only candidate who can truly appreciate the value of every dollar. I am the only candidate who has a proven record of responsibility and results in government, and I am the only candidate who will look out for the citizens whom special interests and party agendas have left behind.
It is time to stop worrying about moving Massachusetts to the left or to the right; it is time to move the Commonwealth forward."
— Submitted by the candidate