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Rep. Cantwell outlines his legislative goals

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 7, 2012 11:10 PM

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Democratic Incumbent James Cantwell won a third terms as state representative for the 4th Plymouth District, which includes Scituate and Marshfield, beating out Stephen Coulter with 68 percent of the vote.

The 45-year-old incumbent had 16,077 votes, compared with Coulter’s 7,434, securing his spot in the state house for another term.

Cantwell said he wasn’t certain he would win Tuesday, but was grateful for the show of support.

"We have some significant challenges facing not only the South Shore, but our entire state,” Cantwell said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Cantwell credited his win from a strong cross-section of support in the community, including people in education, in the business community, those in public safety, fishermen, seniors, and veterans.

“At the victory party last night, we looked around and can point to each person there of what we’ve done together to make some positive improvements in quality of life,” Cantwell said. “We had demonstrated to folks that there is a value of working together, and government folks can be part of the solution to problems we face.”

As a former selectmen in Marshfield, where Cantwell lives, and as an assistant district attorney for three years, Cantwell recognizes that there are still many problems facing the state and federal legislatures.

Ensuring that the upcoming budget is fiscally prudent while also giving important local aid to cities and towns will be step one during the new term, Cantwell said. However, infrastructure investments will also be paramount.

“Specific goals would be trying to implement the infrastructure support we need for things like sea walls and bridges to tackle our transportation infrastructure needs so business can flourish,” Cantwell said.

After Tuesday's large Scituate fire, in which a Marshfield firefighter was injured, insuring public safety personnel have the most up-to-date equipment is another necessity..

Additionally, as a partner at a general-practice law firm with just 14 employees, Cantwell said he knows a focus on small business will be critical.

Cantwell will also continue to work on the proposal for a community college with a main campus in Marshfield and a satellite campus in Scituate. He also noted the importance of the Route 139 project, which should be finished by this time next year, and addressing problems in the fishing industry.

“There’s a great deal on the plate,” Cantwell said.

For more information about Cantwell or his work, visit his website.

To view a list of all the State Representative races, click here.

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