Dubois to vie for state rep post
A decade after losing a bid for state representative by two votes, Robert Dubois is running as a Democrat in the newly reconfigured Massachusetts 8th Worcester District against Republican incumbent Kevin Kuros.
After serving for 24 years on the Blackstone Board of Selectmen, Dubois is back on the campaign trail, going door-to-door, waving election signs at intersections and walking the streets of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millvile and Uxbridge to deliver his message of “accessibility and reform.”
Dubois, a Worcester County corrections guard, is confident about is chances.
“With 30 years of service, I know that people need and appreciate hands-on service,” Dubois said.
People, he said, are looking for quality jobs, better education, reasonable health care, and a state representative who can relate to the community and is willing to work with the opposition.
“People are tired of the bickering. They want both parties to work together,” he said.
If elected, Dubois promises to work for changes in malpractice laws that he believes have driven some doctors out of medicine, leaving a gap in the health-care system. He also hopes to improve nutrition education in the school as a form of preventative health care.
John Emidy, a former Blackstone selectman, worked with Dubois for 11 years and said Dubois helped to improve the quality of life in Blackstone.
Emidy said it was Dubois who facilitated the construction of a power plant in Blackstone and allowing the town to use the additional tax revenue to build the new library on Main Street.
He also supported and led the efforts that created a full-time fire department.
Dubois said job creation is his top priority. “We need good-quality, paying jobs for the regular and average workers, not just minimum-paying jobs,” Dubois said.
He supports collaboration among state agencies, colleges and Chambers of Commerce to determine what employers are looking for and he supports the allocation of state funds for job training.
Dubois also supports cutting governmental red tape to help small businesses get started and would encourage givng tax breaks for hiring veterans and those currently on unemployment.
Dubois said he believes creating jobs puts money into the economy, which also pumps money into education that will allow people to find better paying jobs.
The Massachusetts Teacher Association has endorsed Dubois.
The race turned contentious after the Republican Party filed a complaint with the state’s Office of Campaign Political Finance, accusing Dubois of not listing information about fundraising events where he took cash donations.
Dubois said he reported the finances as “tickets sold at a certain price.”
“My campaign hosted three events that left three lump sums from a breakfast in Uxbridge, a Taste of Italy event in Blackstone, and a Bellingham Bash that took place last March,” Dubois said.
Dubois said the state hasn’t contacted him on behalf of the complaint. He likened the Republican charges to walking in a room and yelling fire, when there isn’t a fire.”
“This is as political as it can possibly get, the Republican Party is out to tarnish my name,” he said.
Jason Tait, a spokesman for the campaign finance office said no determination has been made on the complaint.
“Any complaint brought to the office is reviewed,” said Tait. “There isn’t a uniform way to review a case; we review each complaint, case by case.”
Kuros, a freshman legislator, said Dubois may have legally held events but his method seems a bit “suspect.”
“In the real world, numbers aren’t that round,” said Kuros.
The opponents may debate later this month in Bellingham, but have not set a date.
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