The following is a letter to the editor from a Waltham resident:
Waltham’s Democratic Primary race for state senate is over, and Mike Barrett emerged the winner! Mike’s winning campaign was grassroots, door-to-door with many volunteer supporters and based on clear, thoughtful, and independent positions. Barrett drew upon support from legions of ordinary citizens. He couldn’t have done it without the tremendous grassroots help he got throughout the district, but especially from Waltham. In both campaign work and from individual financial donations, we elected a candidate who steadfastly refuses PAC and lobbyist dollars, and despite that, won. But the fight is not over and Mike still needs our support – volunteering and making donations.
Mike faces a familiar Republican opponent in the November election – Sandi Martinez. Sandi takes PAC and lobbyist money, and, as a Tea Party candidate, is drawing attention from out-of-state political operatives. Sandi has shown election cycle after election cycle that she does not share our values and will not represent us in the legislature. I have heard Sandi speak many times, and she is against some very basic precepts that we hold dear. There are only a few short weeks until the Nov. 6 election. We need to work together campaigning because Mike needs our help. If we all pitch in for Mike Barrett, Waltham will have a State Senator who, because of his past experience in the Legislature, will be ready to start working for our great City on day one.
For more information on Mike Barrett, his positions, the campaign and how to help, go to his website, www.barrettforstatesenate.org .
Kelly A. Durkee-Erwin, Chair
Third Middlesex Area Democrats