As you have probably heard, Martin Meehan, who represents our Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is giving up his seat, and there will be a special election September 4th to fill the position
We are supporting Jamie Eldridge, the state representative from the 37th Middlesex District since 2002. And we’re really excited about him.
JAMIE IS FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE. Pretty much everyone nowadays is for “universal health care.” The trouble is that this phrase can mean almost anything. And what it usually actually means is simply expanding HMO coverage. This keeps the middle man expense – HMO’s keep 30% of the health care premiums – and dooms the plan to failure. Jamie is for single-payer, universal health care. This is the only way to make health care both universal and affordable.
JAMIE WANTS TO PULL OUR TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ NOW. When Jamie says he is against the war in Iraq, he doesn’t talk vaguely about “working on the issue.” He says we have to start to pull our troops out of Iraq right now and work on diplomacy, international aid, and assisting our returning troops.
Jamie points out, based on his conversations with his constituents, that one of the main reasons that cities and towns have been hurting so much financially these last years is that the federal government has been cutting back on state and local funding, wasting our money on a counter-productive and dishonest war, and providing massive tax breaks to the extremely wealthy – tax breaks for those who need them least.
JAMIE FIGHTS FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND QUALITY EDUCATION. Jamie believes that the federal and state governments have walked away from our communities by under funding schools and public services. In fighting for our communities, Jamie has proven himself to be an effective leader. As a state representative, Jamie, with the support of hundreds of activists, offered a proposal to guarantee state funding of at least $2000 per year for every child in Massachusetts. Jamie’s leadership brought about an increase in Chapter 70 education aid for many communities including Wayland when he helped negotiate a compromise that established a minimum level of state funding for every community at 17.5% of its education costs. When elected to Congress, he won’t back down on issues of federal funding for education.
JAMIE HAS THE COURAGE OF HIS CONVICTIONS. There are a lot of good and effective Democrats in Congress. But there are also some Democrats who, while being generally progressive, have no courage to go along with their convictions. They are get-along go-along types, and they make our party weak and ineffective.
JAMIE KNOWS WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. Jamie supports raising the minimum wage and striking down legal barriers to union representation, immediately signing the Kyoto treaty, keeping marriage equality, investing in public education at all levels through increased financial assistance, higher teacher salaries, dropout prevention programs, and fully funding federal special education mandates.
James Eldridge has a history in the Massachusetts Legislature of standing by these beliefs. He’s not a newcomer to political issues, or to political courage. He is the only Clean Elections candidate to be elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature and he cast his first vote against Tom Finneran as House Speaker. He was a Senate District coordinator of the Devel Patrick campaign and was one of the first Massachusetts legislators to endorse Deval.
Jamie Eldridge is exactly the kind of person we need representing us in Congress. A chance to get a person of Jamie’s caliber in office does not occur often. We think this is an historic occasion. We hope you will join us.
Wayland Committee for Jamie Eldridge
Joan Blair, Chair
3 Pear Tree Lane, Wayland, MA 01778