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Letters: Andrew Shepherd is a proven leader; Democratic primary is high stakes for climate change

Letters: Andrew Shepherd is a proven leader; Democratic primary is high stakes for climate change
Letters: Andrew Shepherd is a proven leader; Democratic primary is high stakes for climate change
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Andrew Shepherd is a proven leader

Please join me in supporting Andrew Shepherd, who is running for state representative in Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Lunenburg, Pepperell and Townsend. He is absolutely your candidate of choice in this 1st Middlesex District primary on Sept. 6!

It is because of his experience and knowledge in our community, his need and service to always helping others and the longevity of how I have personally seen Andrew always give. From when he was an Eagle Scout, his fire department service, and now, Andrew has consistently and faithfully helped those in need. It is what Andrew Shepherd does!

Working with the former state representative; he is ready to start working for all of us in immediately on day one.  Andrew knows the process and will build upon the relationships and respect he has built throughout our district’s towns, delivering the representation we are looking for.

With my experience, over 60 years working in government, and with others, I know a proven leader when I see one!  Please vote for Andrew Shepherd in the state primary on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

— Albert “Tubby” BoucherTownsend 

Democratic primary is high stakes for climate change

The impacts of climate change, from extreme heat, to more severe storms, and increased flooding, are already being felt throughout the Merrimack Valley. A recent Massachusetts study shows a clear connection between high levels of air pollution and increased health risks — the consequences of our continued reliance on fossil fuels. And the commonwealth is behind on efforts to curb carbon emissions and equitably transition to cleaner energy sources.

The recently-passed climate bill is the most ambitious to-date — a critical step towards addressing the public health, infrastructure, and environmental threats posed by the climate crisis. But the work is far from over. Massachusetts now needs to execute on a strategy to implement the legislation, and ensure all communities — particularly environmental justice communities like Lowell — have an opportunity to contribute to, and benefit from, the solutions.

This fall’s election presents a critical moment to choose leaders — leaders like Andrea Campbell, running for attorney general, Chris Dempsey, running for state auditor, and Lowell’s own Zoe Dzineku, running for state representative — who will make advancing the state’s climate efforts a priority. With the right leaders, our state can drive policies that will lower energy burdens, build more resilient homes, and deliver good-paying green jobs across the commonwealth.

A majority of Massachusetts voters believe climate change is a significant problem and that clean energy must be a part of our vision to fight it. The primary election on Sept. 6 and general election on Nov. 8 are an opportunity for voters to elect the bold climate champions who can make that vision a reality.

— Mary WambuiLowell

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