Printed in the Sentinel & Enterprise.
The Sentinel & Enterprise asked the four candidates seeking the state Senate seat in the Worcester and Middlesex District a series of 10 questions on regional and state issues. This is the fifth installment of their replies.
The special election is Tuesday, Dec. 5.
What idea(s) do you have to make a state public college education more affordable for in-state students?
Sue Chalifoux Zephir, Democrat -- In today's economy, a high school diploma isn't enough for our young people to find good-paying 21st-century jobs. Every student who graduates high school should have an affordable path to the career of their choice. I've announced a plan to guarantee of two years of free post-high school education (public college or vocational training), funded by the Fair Share Amendment.
Yes or no, should sanctuary cities and towns be subject to a loss of state funding for local law enforcement initiatives?
Sue Chalifoux Zephir, Democrat -- Our local law enforcement officers are already stretched thin dealing with local issues and the opioid epidemic. They shouldn't be deputized as federal agents of Donald Trump's deportation force, and their funding shouldn't be threatened by politicians with an extreme anti-immigrant agenda. We should let them do their work building trust in our communities and protecting public safety.