Published in Sentinel & Enterprise
Submitted by Jane Maine
To the Editor:
Initially, my intent for writing was to enumerate the skills, experience, knowledge, passion and empathy that Sue Chalifoux Zephir would bring to the State House as senator in the Worcester & Middlesex District.
She is a lifelong resident of Leominster, a city councilor, has sat on boards of nonprofits, is executive director of Ginny’s Helping Hand and has made it a point to listen and answer questions throughout the district, even if those answers are not popular ones.
But I can’t help wonder why Sen. Tran is afraid to debate Ms. Chalifoux Zephir unless he gets the questions ahead of time. How can he debate issues on the floor if he needs to get questions ahead of time and has to read from notes? How can he fight for his constituents when a lobbyist knocks on the door and he can’t provide a rebuttal without a cheat sheet?
I support a candidate who understands the issues. I support a candidate who can think on her feet. I support a candidate who supports women’s rights (Sen. Tran did try to block Planned Parenthood from moving into Fitchburg; I was at the hearing in 2010). I support a candidate who fights for public health issues (Sen. Tran voted against increasing the minimum purchase age for tobacco products). I support Sue Chalifoux Zephir.