Party: Independent

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: 461 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Cohasset, MA
Phone: (781) 248-8630

Age: 46

Occupation: Small business owner, president of Atlantis Sports Clubs

Family: Wife Tracy; daughters Isabella and Samantha, both 4, and son John Adams, 2.

Town: Cohasset

Education: Braintree High School, Northeastern University, and Quincy College.

Experience: Small business owner on the South Shore for 26 years.

— Submitted by the candidate

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Why are you running?

"To bring independent leadership back to Beacon Hill and be a voice for our seniors, families, and small business owners."

— Submitted by the candidate

Issues

Health costs

The Mass. Taxpayers Foundation recently recommended that local officials be given the power to design their own health plans without having to negotiate with the unions, and that state retirees use Medicare for their primary health care coverage. Do you support these proposals?

"I do agree with the Mass. Taxpayer Foundation, and we need to preserve the towns' ability to function without laying off teachers, police officers, and firefighters. We also must respect the voice of the working families to be part of the process.

Yes, I support retirees using Medicare."

State pensions

The foundation also proposed changes in state and municipal pensions, such as increasing the retirement age and capping annual pensions at $100,000. Do you agree?

"Yes, I believe we should cap state municipal pensions. Currently, we have a $22 billion unfunded pension liability.

Going forward, we may have to increase the retirement age."

MCAS

Do you believe in keeping the requirement that a student must pass the MCAS or an MCAS-like test in order to graduate from high school?

"Yes, we need standards and accountability to ensure our students are learning to the highest degree."

Public records

Should the state Legislature be exempt from the state's public records law?

"No, the state Legislature should not be exempt; it should be open and transparent."

Party leadership

Cite any votes (if an incumbent) or positions (if a challenger or newcomer) you have taken that disagree with the stance taken by your party's legislative leadership.

"As an Independent, I vow to take positions that are in the best interest for my district without pressure from any party leadership."

Endorsements

Will you make public any questionnaires you fill out in pursuit of the endorsement of unions or other groups?

"Yes, I believe in total transparency."

Legislative audit

Should the Legislature be subject to a full audit?

"Yes. We need to account for every dollar of taxpayer money."

Formal sessions

Is the Legislature holding enough full formal sessions?

"No, that is why I propose a part-time Legislature.

Our Legislature has one of the lowest bill-passage rates per session in the nation. A part-time legislature will be just as effective and save our state millions of dollars each year."

Term limits

Should there be term limits for the jobs of House Speaker and Senate President?

"Yes, I believe in term limits for all seats - absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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