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Massachusetts House 13th Essex

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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  • William J. Bates
    (I)

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    Jason Guida
    (I)

  • Christopher Keohane

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    Sally P. Kerans
    (Dem)

  • Robert E. May Jr.
    (Rep)

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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Campaign Phone (617) 383-4652
Campaign Email info@voteguida.com
Former Budget and Legislative Director - Senate Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security Former Assistant District Attorney Former Director of the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau
First, police reform must ensure that the collective voices of our law enforcement officers are heard in the Legislature and focus on building real community connections with the police along with proper training for our public safety officers. Second, the Legislature must take a closer look at Civil Defense Act of 1950 and find ways to allow more local control over decision making and establish more protections for our small businesses should a COVID-19-type crisis occur again in the future.
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Campaign Phone (978) 766-8661
Campaign Email sallypkerans@gmail.com
I'm a lifelong Danvers resident and participant in community life and electoral politics. I serve on both the Danvers Finance Committee and the Danvers Committee for Human Rights and Inclusion. I was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from this district in 1990, 1992 and 1994. I chose not to seek re-election for a fourth term in order to focus full-time on my family. I've remained involved in non-profit work (Community Resources for Justice, CitizensInn) and local government.
My legislative goals will be 1. Ensuring that our response to both the public health and economic crises caused by Covid-19 is effective, timely, and equitable. (A) Those on the front lines of this crisis must be first in line when seeking help. (B) We must support our educators as well as students and their parents through the unprecedented challenges of schooling during a pandemic; this must include childcare. We must provide education and infrastructure aid to localities. 2. Roe Act
With a deficit of $6 Billion, we have to urge Congress to pass the Federal Cares Act, which would send critical aid to cities and towns. At the state level, we need to consider a combination of revenue options and reductions and we must be fair w/ both. We should close corporate tax loopholes. I support a small increase in the gas tax. We should also pass the Fair Share Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow an increase in the tax rate on annual income of more than $1 million.
As a former board member of CitizensInn (Citizens for Adequate Housing) in Peabody, I know the challenges of preventing homelessness and the consequences of failing. We have an impending crisis of evictions that we must prevent. We should extend the moratorium on evictions, and ask banks to do much more to work with small landlords. Danvers has adopted zoning changes in our downtown area to encourage a mix of retail and housing available to a range of incomes. I applaud the Housing Choices bill.
We must have a more reliable public transportation system and work to make it greener. My district lacks access to public transportation ( we have 2 buses routes to malls). I support strategies that help people get to the train to Boston quickly, such as “Last mile” improvements and am keenly interested in re-establishing rail service in my town. I support the North South Rail Link. Road and bridge maintenance are also important. I support an increase in the gas tax to fund this system.
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