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Martha Coakley

Bright future will be built on experience, honesty

(Associated Press)
By Martha Coakley
January 14, 2010

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TODAY, WE in Massachusetts and those across the country face multiple and serious challenges. Our economy remains stuck in a severe recession, millions have lost their jobs, their homes, and their retirements. In the face of these great challenges, Massachusetts needs strong, honest, experienced leadership.

I grew up in a middle-class family in Western Massachusetts, in North Adams. My father, after serving in the Navy during World War II, opened a small insurance agency, while my mother dedicated her life to raising five children. My parents taught us the value of hard work, of giving back, of civic duty - the principles that have guided me throughout my career as a public servant.

In over two and a half decades of public service, I have learned a lot about this Commonwealth, the challenges we face, and of the needs of our residents. Through my experiences as a state and federal prosecutor, as Middlesex district attorney, and as your attorney general, I’ve built a strong record as a different kind of leader who delivers results for all of Massachusetts.

While the path to our economic recovery is yet unpaved, as attorney general, I have led the way in addressing the root causes of the crisis. I took groundbreaking steps in holding predatory lenders and Wall Street accountable. I’ve recovered more than $135 million dollars for homeowners and taxpayers. I’ve fought for lower utility rates for our families and held companies accountable for scamming our seniors. In total, I’ve recovered $1 billion for taxpayers as attorney general . That is real accountability. And those are real results.

If you send me to the US Senate, I will use my experience and understanding of these issues to work toward paving that path to economic recovery. I will support enhanced financial regulation of Wall Street to prevent another economic collapse and fight to protect consumers and families. I will work to lower taxes on the middle class and fight for other tax cuts.

On Jan. 19, the voters of Massachusetts will go to the polls to select a new US Senator. This election is important, not only for us, but for future generations.

I am running for the US Senate because I want to work to turn this economy around and move us toward a brighter future. It’s about your families, it’s about your communities, it’s about the unprecedented challenges we and future generations face.

I have seven grandnieces and a grandnephew whom I adore, and I want them to live in a better world, where they have access to good jobs, quality, affordable health care, and a clean environment. I want them to live in a world that is not only safe and secure but also just, and where equality and fairness exist so that they are free to pursue their dreams.

I ask you to stand with me on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to lead Massachusetts and this nation into the next great chapter of our history.

Martha Coakley, a Democrat, is the Massachusetts attorney general.

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