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The abuses currently taking place in our state government are embarrassing, and re-electing the incumbents (90 percent of them in the House are Democrats) will likely increase the tax burden on all Massachusetts taxpayers.

Our last three Speakers of the House have all been indicted — that is concerning.

I am voting for Kurt Hayes who will bring balance to Beacon Hill, not only as a Republican to balance the one-sided Democratic-dominated House, but as a businessman, with great skills of working with various points of view to reach the common goal and common sense solutions.

Kurt has run a very honest and open campaign. Kurt is holding two Town-Hall style meetings in every town in our district to meet and answer voters’ questions face-to-face. He also participated in two debates with Democrat incumbent Jen Benson.

I attended the debate in Shirley and was put off by Ms. Benson’s attitude. She can’t rest on her voting record — she promised in her 2008 campaign not to raise taxes. Yet, the first bill she introduced was to put a new tax on plastic bags at grocery stores.

Kurt is endorsed by Citizens for Limited Taxation, while they give his incumbent opponent a 7 percent rating based on her actual voting record in the 20 months she has been in office. Results speak louder than words.

Do you like the way things are going in Massachusetts with superficial reforms and big tax increases.

Or are you ready to vote in new leaders like Kurt Hayes who realize the working families of our state cannot afford more taxes and deserve honest government? We must reform state government and start to live within our means.

JULIE REMBRANDT SEELEY

Harvard

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