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Submitted by Sharon Shepela
What motivates someone to run for state senator? Sue Chalifoux Zephir’s work as executive director of Ginny’s Helping Hand, the local food pantry, and her five-term membership in the Leominster City Council, along with several conversations I’ve had with her, offer insight into what motivates her. She understands that we have to work together to make democracy effective, that an educated and healthy population is good for us all, that our country and our state, like a healthy family, is better when we support those who need a hand up and that good policy makes all of these possible.
She is smart, passionate, hard-working, sensible — she’ll have our backs, move us forward and do a great job. And she is willing to discuss and debate her positions in public, which her opponent, Dean Tran, is not willing to do. He has refused to debate Sue.
And we have learned that judges matter and thus, how important the Governor’s Council is because it approves or rejects potential state judges. Paul DePalo believes that judges can offer kids opportunity rather than incarceration, can ensure equal rights for all, and can protect the Constitutional rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain. This vote matters. Your vote matters.
Early voting started Oct. 22.