Party: Republican

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: 88 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA 01090
Phone: (413) 363-0052

Age: 52

Occupation: Architect

Family: Wife Yael, daughters Elisheva and Galya

Town: West Springfield

Education: Bachelor of architecture degree, University of Minnesota, 1985.
West Springfield High School, 1976.
St. Thomas School, 1972.

Experience: Owner, Neffinger Architects, for more than 20 years.
West Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals, 16 years.
West Springfield Historic District Commission, 12 years.
President, West Springfield Rotary Club, 2009-2010.
President, West Side Neighborhood Rehab Inc.
President, American Institute of Architects, Western Massachusetts Chapter.
Architect for the Majestic Theater, Westfield Area Head Start, Easthampton Senior Center, and many projects throughout southern New England and New York state.

— Submitted by the candidate

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Why are you running?

"As a local businessman and architect, I have seen the regulatory climate in our state ruining our economy.

Our local politicians have sold out to Boston and do not represent the interests of the cities in our district.

Western Massachusetts has so much potential. People in our area are suffering, but for our representatives, it is business as usual. I am running to change that.

I will work hard to represent you and I will be your voice in Boston."

— Submitted by the candidate

Issues

Health costs

The Mass. Taxpayers Foundation recently recommended that local officials be given the power to design their own health plans without having to negotiate with the unions, and that state retirees use Medicare for their primary health care coverage. Do you support these proposals?

"Allowing local officials to design their own health plans will save municipalities across the state tens of millions of dollars."

State pensions

The foundation also proposed changes in state and municipal pensions, such as increasing the retirement age and capping annual pensions at $100,000. Do you agree?

"Public pensions and retirement ages should be in line with similar plans found in the private sector. There should be a cap on pensions."

MCAS

Do you believe in keeping the requirement that a student must pass the MCAS or an MCAS-like test in order to graduate from high school?

"The MCAS test was introduced to verify that students have been educated to certain academic standards.

My daughter passed the MCAS test in her sophomore year in high school. These were the minimum requirements for graduation. She continued to learn very important material for the next two years.

Some students do not respond well to tests, and they should be offered other means to verify that they have passed the minimum standards."

Public records

Should the state Legislature be exempt from the state's public records law?

"No."

Party leadership

Cite any votes (if an incumbent) or positions (if a challenger or newcomer) you have taken that disagree with the stance taken by your party's legislative leadership.

"Not applicable."

Endorsements

Will you make public any questionnaires you fill out in pursuit of the endorsement of unions or other groups?

"Yes."

Legislative audit

Should the Legislature be subject to a full audit?

"Yes."

Formal sessions

Is the Legislature holding enough full formal sessions?

"No."

Term limits

Should there be term limits for the jobs of House Speaker and Senate President?

"Yes."

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