O’Connor Campaign issues direct invitation to Boldyga to discuss the issues

In light of the comments made in the 10/15/2020 edition of the Agawam Advertiser, please find attached a formal invitation from the campaign to participate in a pre-recorded interview hosted by Agawam Public Media. Details are provided in the attachment. Signed hard copies of this invitation have been hand delivered to your attention at Southwick Town Hall, as well as to your Committee’s PO Box at the Southwick Post Office. We look forward to your response on or before Tuesday, October 20 so that arrangements can be made to expedite the event.  Please contact the campaign directly or you may contact Kerri O’Connor at 413-575-3582.  Thank you and let’s work as a team to make this happen for our voters so they may make an informed decision.

State Rep. Nicholas Boldyga faces Democrat Kerri O’Connor in November

Thank you to the Agawam, Southwick, and Granville voters and all of your support. We had a victory during the primary. This race is definitely not over and will need your support more than ever to unseat Rep. Boldyga and to elect Kerri O’Connor all the way to Beacon Hill in the General Election on November 3rd.

O’Connor collected 4,014 votes in Agawam, 204 in Granville and 1,172 in Southwick.

Boldyga received 1,537 votes in Agawam, 144 in Granville and 852 in Southwick.

Source: https://www.masslive.com/politics/2020/09/massachusetts-primary-election-state-rep-nicholas-boldyga-wins-republican-primary-in-3rd-hampden-district-faces-democrat-kerri-oconnor-in-november.html

Three Candidates Vying for 3rd Hampden County Seat

Reminder Publishing (RP) reached out to each of the candidates and asked them the same three questions to help readers learn more about each candidate. Kerri’s responses are as follows.

RP: What are some of the most pressing issues currently facing the district?

Due to the pandemic, the pressing issue at this time is the safety and welfare of our community including re-opening our schools with a hybrid model, which I was opposed to. I opposed due to most recent data from the Department of Public Health, having an increase of 2.42 percent increase of COVID cases within the Agawam district. I will continue to strongly advocate for the safety and welfare of the community regarding this pandemic. The pandemic has caused economic hardships within the community, therefore, families and children have struggled emotionally and financially and to increase resources for the families who are impacted, businesses that are impacted, and increased resources for ALL who have been impacted including our veterans and seniors.

RP: If elected, how would you address some of these issues?

If elected, I would address these issues with a strong advocacy approach. I would speak with our elected officials about transparency within local government departments and thorough assessment of budgets prior to any requests for additional funding from a state level. After thorough assessments are conducted, I would strongly advocate for state level funding whether through grants and what funding would be available on a state level regarding our Cares Act and Heroes Act. I would also be very visible within the communities and available to listen to all sides of an issue and not judge and assess what is in the best interest of the people and not the party. I would also advocate for state level funding for our veteran community, senior community, and funding to increase mental health and substance abuse resources for our communities.Due to the pandemic, the pressing issue at this time is the safety and welfare of our community including re-opening our schools with a hybrid model, which I was opposed to. I opposed due to most recent data from the Department of Public Health, having an increase of 2.42 percent increase of COVID cases within the Agawam district. I will continue to strongly advocate for the safety and welfare of the community regarding this pandemic. The pandemic has caused economic hardships within the community, therefore, families and children have struggled emotionally and financially and to increase resources for the families who are impacted, businesses that are impacted, and increased resources for ALL who have been impacted including our veterans and seniors.

RP: Why should voters elect you to the 3rd Hampden District?

Voters will elect me to the 3rd Hampden District based on assessing all areas and the ability to compromise effectively aside from political parties regarding what is in the best interest of our communities that we serve. I am an United States Navy Veteran, two-term elected Agawam School Committee member, Agawam Auxiliary Veteran’s member and recently was endorsed by the MA AFL-CIO. I have years of professional experience within communities across the commonwealth regarding advocating for families who have experienced economic hardships as well as mental health needs and substance abuse. I would also advocate for Educational funding regarding COVID 19 to ensure that all of our schools are safe. I also support our first responders including our police officers and I am in opposition of the police reform bill that was recently passed. I would also advocate for funding to be provided to school and within the community regarding racial equity and diversity.

Source: https://www.thereminder.com/localnews/greaterspringfield/three-candidates-vying-for-3rd-hampden-county-seat/

 

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