Party: Democratic

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: 1417 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone: (413) 363-1965

Age: 40

Occupation: Trial court officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; West Springfield City Council president

Family: Married to Jennifer (Masi) Finn with three children, ages 4, 3, and 2 months.

Town: West Springfield

Education: St. Mary's High School, Westfield.
Attended North Adams State College.

Experience: 7 years as an elected member of the West Springfield City Council, currently serving as president of the council.

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Why are you running?

"I am running to become state representative because I have found through my years in public service that helping people is something that I really like doing, and that serving as state representative will allow me a greater opportunity to serve the residents of the Sixth Hampden District."

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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?

"I believe that local municipalities should have the ability to design their own health care coverage, an ability that the state gets to do in an effort to cut costs.

I also believe that the municipal unions that would be affected should be a part of plan design to ensure that their interests are also protected."

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?

"Although pensions that exceed the $100,000 mark are generally the exception, not the rule, there should be a cap on how much a retired employee should receive."

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?

"I think that a test that prevents some students from graduating because of their special academic circumstances is wrong.

I do agree that there needs to be some student accountability in order to graduate, but one test should not be the standard for all students."

Public records

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

"No, I do not think they should be exempt."

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.

"n/a"

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?

"I believe that they are holding enough full formal sessions in order to get the state business done."

Term limits

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

"Yes."

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