Dooley Announces Write-in Campaign for State Rep.

June 18, 2013

Beacon Hill businessman Thomas J Dooley, III announced that he is launching a write-in/sticker campaign for the special election to replace Martha “Marty” Walz as State Representative from the 8th Suffolk district.

“I believe it is important for the voters in the 8th Suffolk to have a real choice on Election Day” Dooley said in a statement released Friday.

Dooley is a registered independent and believes there is a need for a more moderate voice on Beacon Hill.

“Right now at the State House, they are considering a $1.8 billion tax increase and raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour,” Dooley said. “I recognize the need to spend money on our transportation infrastructure, but I believe the state needs to show that it can manage our existing system before launching a huge expansion.”

Regarding raising the minimum wage, Dooley maintains it is a blunt instrument to tackle a very specific problem.

“With youth unemployment approaching 25 percent in some communities I don’t think this is the time to make it more expensive for businesses to hire,” Dooley said. “Expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit is a better, more targeted way to help the working poor.”

Education is also a clear priority for him.  “Back in 2001-2003, I worked with Mike Ross to reopen an elementary school to Beacon Hill and Back Bay,” Dooley said. “As a father of two school-age children, I want to continue that effort as a state representative. I look forward to working with the incoming Boston City School superintendent on this, as well as a plan to end busing which takes $100 million a year out of the classrooms in our schools.”

People wishing to vote for Dooley will have to either use the sticker his campaign is sending out or write in Thomas J. Dooley III, 112 Pinckney St., Boston on the ballot.  Attorney Jay Livingstone won the Democratic Primary.and is on the ballot. Election Day is Tuesday, June 25.

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