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Submitted by Mary Richards
Sue Chalifoux Zephir has years of experience in government, serving on the Leominster City Council for eight years. She helped raise monies for a library renovation project, secured a long-awaited raises for city retirees and continues her work in the battle against opioid addiction
Sue narrowly lost to Dean Tran in a special election. She is taking on this race again to serve the people of the district, as she has her city, with distinction. Tran now has a record, voters can compare. Unfortunately, he refused to debate.
Sue supports fully-funding public schools and opposes Charter Schools that drain those resources. Tran failed to seek funding for K-12 local schools, shortchanging his district. Our kids deserve better.
Sue supports money to fix our local roads and bridges, Tran did not seek funding for one shovel-ready highway project.
Sue supports vocational education and skills training programs to give our workers increased opportunities and good-paying jobs. Tran failed to seek funding for these programs.
Sue supports bringing civics back into schools, Tran voted against it.
Tran was the only elected official who voted against the Red Flag Amendment, allowing “temporary” removal of guns from homes when that person might be a danger to themselves or others. Think about a suicidal family member or domestic assault victims.
Tran has been taken to task for exaggerating his claims relative to the money he said he delivered to the district by former state senator Jen Flanagan, telling Tran to start telling the truth. “Elected public service is not a one man show, for anyone.”
Some people like to throw the word, “roots” about their candidate. People from Clinton know the difference. Sue’s grandfather, Michael and Mary (O’Toole) Kittridge immigrated to Clinton from Louisburgh. Michael drove to the paper mills in Fitchburg. His brother, a union president, instilled in Sue the value of treating workers with fairness and dignity. Those are real Clinton “roots.”
Chairman, Clinton Democratic Town Comittee