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State Rep. Sannicandro looks forward to working on job creation, higher ed, disability rights

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 8, 2012 11:28 AM

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State Representative Tom Sannicandro

State Representative Tom Sannicandro, an Ashland Democrat, won 71 percent of his district's vote Tuesday to retain his seat representing Framingham and Ashland, and says he looks forward to continue drafting policies that help people.

"If we can have a tremendous positive impact on folks not only in Framingham and Ashland, but in the state and even the country, by setting policy that makes people’s lives better and gives them opportunities... that part I really enjoy, and that’s why I'm still at it," Sannicandro said over the phone today.

Sannicandro beat his Republican opponent, Jon Fetherston, to retain his seat, winning 65 percent of the vote in Framingham and 79 percent of the vote in Ashland.

"We ran a very, very strong campaign, and there were a lot of folks who got out there and worked hard," Sannicandro said, noting that he has been in the Legislature since 2004. "I've very happy with the results."

For his upcoming term, Sannicandro said he looks forward to drafting legislation that will continue to help create jobs.

"I would like to do more on that, especially on the interplay between higher education and job creation," he said.

Sannicandro serves as chairman of the Joint Committee on Higher Education.

He also said he looks forward to positioning the state as "a leader in the global marketplace," and helping establish rights for people with disabilities.

"I want to continue to look at empowering folks with disabilities, and making sure they can have access to everything and be real contributing members of society," Sannicandro said.

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