“I’m experienced and local and connected,” he said.
Gammill said that if elected, he would focus on the long-term financial viability of the state — starting with unfunded pension liabilities, which will affect taxpayers in the future. He supports moving from a defined benefits program to a blend of defined benefits and defined contribution, a model, he said, that is similar to the federal government’s.
“No one’s going to benefit if our state goes broke,” he said. “We have the time now to address the problem and fix it . . . we have to find a way to have that conversation in an open and honest way.”
Gammill said he has not sought endorsements from anyone because he wants the mandate for his election to come from the voters themselves. He does not want to be beholden to special interests or advocacy groups if elected, he said.
Rogers has been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, the Boston Teachers Union, and the SEIU Local 1199.
Olson has been endorsed by Citizens for Limited Taxation.
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