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The Massachusetts House of Representatives is comprised of 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the House meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts House is led by the Speaker of the House who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each representative is approximately $66,256.

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    Kerri A. O'Connor

Biographical Information

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What are your top two legislative priorities for the next session, and why?

Coping with COVID-19 has resulted in decreased state revenues and increased expenses in unexpected areas. Name two specific steps the state should take to balance the budget.

What specific initiatives would you support to address housing inequality in Massachusetts?

What steps would you take to ensure the future of public transportation and how would you fund these?

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Kerri O'Connor is a Persian Gulf War Navy Veteran and has traveled to several countries to protect the freedom, safety, and welfare of the American people. Kerri is a 2 term elected Agawam School Committee Member and also a Certified Educational Advocate. Kerri has extensive professional knowledge and advocacy work in several cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth regarding education, housing, mental health, substance abuse and emergency resources for families.
My top 2 legislative priorities for the next session is to ensure that safety and well-being of our education including advocating for increased funding due to the impacts that COVID-19 has endured within the communities of education as well as all who have been impacted. My second priority is to advocate for increased funding for economic hardships as well as the impact that these hardships have endured in the areas of mental health and substance abuse.
The first step that the state should take to balance the budget would be to conduct a thorough assessment of each local cities and towns regarding all areas of impact and the second step would be to work diligently with our local elected officials regarding sub-committee reporting and reviewing all economic hardships thoroughly in order to advocate for a balanced budget.
I would support housing inequalities and advocate regarding reaching out to review the statistics that each city and town has regarding the inequality to have a better understanding of the amount of residents who are impacted. i would then support initiatives through local and state Housing Programs such as Wayfinder's and advocate for increasede funding regarding the inequality and increase of homeless populations. I have extensive knowedge regarding housing needs.
Due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines, first I would reach out to local transit authorities and local city and towns to review the impact of lack of transportation for our residents as well as advocate for increased funding for our senior citizen community knowing the importance of maintaining healthcare and basic necessities.