WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Boosting Massachusetts job creation in a struggling economy was the main topic as state Senate candidate Dean Cavaretta met with residents from across the Middlesex and Worcester District at the Chateau Restaurant in Westborough on June 6.
"We have a choice this election season to bring new jobs to Massachusetts," Cavaretta said. "Generation Y is moving anywhere but here right now."
Cavaretta, a Republican from Stow, is running for the Senate seat currently held by state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton.
In some parts of Central Massachusetts, the commercial vacancy rate is 40 percent to 50 percent, Cavaretta said.
To help solve the problem, he said he has submitted a citizens' petition to the Massachusetts legislature that calls for a "revenue neutral" strategy of lowering personal and corporate income tax rates while eliminating corporate tax loopholes and other subsidies. Cavaretta's petition also calls for the legislature to establish a two-year budget cycle to make local budgeting easier for municipalities.
He was joined by former state Rep. Karyn Polito, R-Shrewsbury, who told the attendees that Cavaretta's experience as a teacher gives him a good understanding of the state's education policy while preparing him to work with politicians on both sides of the aisle.
"Dean’s his own person, and he understands his values," Polito said. "He is the type of legislator we need to challenge the status quo."
State Rep. Matt Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, and Westborough Selectman Denny Drewry also attended.
The Middlesex and Worcester District includes Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, Ayer, Shirley, Devens, Harvard, Stow, Maynard, Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, Westborough, Northborough (Precinct 3) and Sudbury (Precincts 2 and 3).