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Massachusetts House 14th Bristol

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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  • D. Michael Lennox
    (Rep)

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    Adam J. Scanlon
    (Dem)

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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My devoted public service background has always centered around improving North Attleboro and the Commonwealth. I have utilized my skill set to leverage successes in North Attleboro for the last five years in formal elected roles including RTM member, School Committee Member and a Town Councilor. I am a proud Democrat and currently work for a social services organization that assists economically disadvantaged citizens with job placement. I proudly call North Attleboro my hometown.
My two top legislative priorities are advocating for public resources that touch the lives of so many in my district and improving transparency on Beacon Hill. Whether it be health care, transportation, or education; all of these fields have a profound effect on our community. I will also fight for more local aid. Secondly, Beacon Hill needs to be more transparent by ending it's own exemption on the Open Meeting Law, adopting portions of the Public Records Law and publish all committee votes.
Being in a community in which many middle class earners have struggled financially, I am very hesitant about raising taxes on middle and lower class earners. I am in favor of moving towards a more progressive and graduated tax system that prioritizes middle and lower class earners by providing more exemptions and abatements for people in need, while those at the top pay their fair share. I am also in favor of increased performance based measures for state programs and legalizing sports betting.
Enable cities and towns to impose transfer fees on real estate sales with appropriate exemptions (e.g., for low- and middle-income homeowners). Enable municipalities to impose a real estate transfer fee on sales above $1 million, with money going to affordable housing. Supporting theTenant Protection Act, which would remove the prohibition on rent control and enable municipalities to pass other tenant protections, such as just cause eviction ordinances or limitations on condo conversions.
Despite living in the 21st Century, Massachusetts’ transportation system continues to not be able to provide adequate services for our citizens. I would support the transportation bond bill which address that is currently in the legislature and stronger accountability of the MBTA. The bond bill would a provide a 50% increase to Ch. 90 funding (local transportation projects) at $300 million and $160 million for the MBTA (H.4547). The bill also addresses funding streams to pay for projects.