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State rep candidate Estevez
says he'll fight for local aid

Posted by Alix Roy  May 21, 2010 10:04 AM

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Eric Estevez.jpgWakefield resident Eric Estevez is hoping to win over Melrose voters by making promises where it matters most.

If he's elected to the state House of Representatives this fall, Estevez said he will make securing local aid his top priority, calling himself “a voice, a fighter, and a leader,” for restoring adequate funding.

“After meeting with city officials, it has become unmistakably clear that Melrose continues to be asked to do more with less due to their unfair share of state funding through Chapter 70,” he said in a press release. “Our current economic outlook is calling for a new and better way for the state to allocate its education dollars in a more equitable way.”

Estevez, a 26-year-old Republican, is running against Melrose resident and Wakefield attorney David Lucas, Melrose Ward 2 Alderman Monica Medeiros, and At-Large Alderman Paul Brodeur in the race to represent the 32nd Middlesex District, which includes all of Melrose and portions of Wakefield. The winner will replace Melrose Democrat Katherine Clark, who is running for state Senate.

Estevez has already picked up his first endorsement from the Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association. A self-proclaimed “outsider” in the race, he said his fresh perspective is what voters want to see.

“The incumbent politicians have put us in a difficult predicament…from the scandals on Beacon Hill to the mismanagement of government programs and irresponsible budgeting,” he said. “The people of Melrose and Wakefield deserve better, they need a candidate with new ideas and an innovative approach.”

Estevez is currently a professor and senior lecturer of political science and international affairs at Northeastern University, where he has taught since 2007.  He has also served on the Wakefield Registrar of Voters since 2007 and is currently on track to receive his doctorate in law and public policy from Northeastern University.

Visit Estevez's campaign website here.

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