Editor’s Note: SOURCE sent a Q&A to each of the five write-in candidates for state representative in the 6th Middlesex District. Each of the five are seeking to replace the late Chris Walsh in that district.
There is a primary election on Tuesday, September 4. There are four declared Democratic write-in candidates and one declared Republican write-in candidate. Individuals enrolled in a party will get a party ballot. Unenrolled voters – voters who have no party – can choose a ballot to write in a name. They can select one of the five declared names or any other name.
Source will be publishing a question a day all this week with the five declared candidates to help voters choose.
Source is not- and has never – endorsed any candidate, however the community news site does accept political advertising. Acceptance of any ad is not an endorsement of any candidate.
MARK S. TILDEN
Political Party: Democrat
Education: B.A. History, J.D.
Years lived in Framingham: 32
Which City Precinct do you live in: 7
Family (optional): Wife Susan, Daughters Andrea 30, Lauren 27
What languages do you speak: English
Volunteerism in the 6th District: Coach, Chaperone on field trips
Website or Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/MarkTildenForStateRep/
SOURCE asked each of the candidates to answer a series of question using just one word. Answers are posted below.
1. What is your favorite place in the 6th District?: Millwood Golf course
2. Will you vote for tax hikes in the state of Massachusetts? No.
3. Will you vote for the debt exclusion override for the new Fuller Middle School project? Yes.
4. Do you support a hands-free cell phone law in the Commonwealth? Yes.
5. Rep. Chris Walsh filed a bill defining and providing screening for dyslexia students. It did not pass this session. Would you re-file the bill? Yes.
6. Do you support driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants? Yes.
7. Framingham has banned single-use plastic bags. Would you support a ban in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? No.
8. The late Chris Walsh supported a state-wide Transfer of Development Rights bill. Do you? Yes.
9. Question #1 on the November ballot would place a limit on the number of patients a single nurse can be assigned at a time and impose a $25,000 fine on hospitals that violate those ratios. How would you vote? No.
10. Question #2 on the November ballot would create a citizen commission to push a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision on campaign finance. How would you vote? Yes, in favor of Amendment
11. Question #3 on the November ballot would repeal a 2016 state law that banned discrimination against transgender people in places of public accommodation, like restaurants and restrooms. How would you vote? I vote No. I am against repeal.
12. Do you support the requirement to pass a high-stakes test to graduate from high school in Massachusetts? No.
13. Does the Commonwealth need a stronger ethics law for elected leaders? No.
14. Does the Commonwealth’s Open Meeting Law need more teeth? No.
15. Describe your district in one word: Openhearted
Why should someone write your name on the ballot on Tuesday,Sept. 4?
Because they want someone who believes in widespread opportunity and economic growth for all people in Framingham. Because they want someone who understands the struggles families face and advocates for all people in the community. Because they want someone who supports small business owners encourages their growth and protects them from unnecessary regulation.
The value of a society is partly judged by how it treats those who exist on the margins.
As a criminal defense attorney in the Framingham District Court for 27 years, I represented hundreds of persons and their families dealing with the poverty, addiction, and mental illness. We can overcome these problems if we use creative ideas and bold initiatives to lift people from misery and hardship. The criminal reform bill is a start; we need a long term vision to make Framingham and Massachusetts a model for the nation.
As a landlord and attorney in private practice, I understand the difficulties small businesses experience from day to day. I would take a hard look at the burdensome business regulation and tax relief for small retailers and service companies. Locally, I would look for state spending for improvements to our infrastructure and relief from traffic choking our roadways.
I support the immigrant community in Framingham. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tactics are tearing apart families and disrupting the entire region. ICE makes us no safer. We shouldn’t allow them to commandeer our law enforcement agencies. Did your feel any less safe before ICE came here? Members of our immigrant community work hard and pay taxes. Our growing economy needs workers. We shouldn’t foolishly stifle growth just to enforce a failed immigration policy that Washington can’t fix.