Clean Elections

Represent.Us distributed an online candidate questionnaire for their voter guide created by the Boston and Western MA volunteer chapters of Represent.Us. Candidates were asked to respond to five questions in 150 words or fewer.

On Clean Elections: What are your thoughts about revisiting the idea
of publicly-financed campaigns in Massachusetts?

People from all walks of life should be able to run for office and win. When a political donor class that is wealthier, whiter, and more male than the rest of us has the biggest say in who gets elected, the result is a democracy that is not reflective of We the People. We should absolutely revisit the idea of publicly-financed campaigns in the Commonwealth. I support the implementation of a robust public financing plan for  campaigning at every level. We should pass and fund public-financing programs that allow candidates without deep pockets to compete at every stage of the election cycle. The legislature should design programs that amplify the voices of everyday people and to advance racial, gender, and socioeconomic representation in our government.