Four local residents are competing for the Republican party’s nomination in order to challenge Niki Tsongas for her seat in Congress. As the public gets increasingly more frustrated at Washington, which can be seen in many letters written to local papers, first time candidates are running for office everywhere.
The Fifth Congressional District covers most of Middlesex county, as well as parts of Essex and Worcester Counties. Some of the cities and towns include Lowell, Haverhill, Lawrence, as well as Berlin and Lancaster.
Tsongas (D-Lowell) won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2007 special election. Tsongas has been an important advocate for our veterans and higher education. After meeting with our troops, she was key in passing a bill that created lightweight body armor which has helped them protect our country. Tsongas helped to improve the economy by fighting predatory credit and lending practices to make consumers feel safe. She has been a resident of Lowell for over 30 years.
When it comes to the economy and job creation, Golnik (R-Carlisle) is strongly supportive of small businesses. He sees small businesses as, “…the engine of job creation” and proposes that smaller banks get tax breaks for lending to comparably sized companies. Voters can probably expect Golnik to support movements that allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines and to not support further stimulus spending. Given Golnik’s pro-business and limited spending philosophy, he appears to be a free-market conservative.
Meas (R-Haverhill) shares Golnik’s belief that small businesses are the key to improving the economy. Thus, Meas suggests that the small business tax should be cut in half so that they can focus more on expanding. He also supports the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. Voters could see Meas close Medicare loopholes to cut health insurance costs. Meas seems to be a fair trade conservative because he will support regulations that, “…create a level playing field for all participants.”
To continue reading, see Voter frustration, part 2.