Kevin Kuros seeks to complete ‘unfinished business’
Two years after joining a minority of Republicans in the Legislature, state Rep. Kevin Kuros, R-Uxbridge, is seeking a second term, saying he wants to get at some “unfinished business.”
“With the freshman class, we heard a lot of new voices and saw big improvements and I’d like that to continue,” said Kuros, who is running against Democrat challenger Robert Dubois in the newly reconfigured 8th Worcester District. “There’s still work to be done.”
The new 8th Worcester District consists of Bellingham, Blackstone, Milville and Uxbridge.
Kuros moved to Uxbridge in 1999 from Pennsylvania and has been active in the community, serving on the Board of Selectmen since 2005. Professionally, Kuros has worked in information technology and management consulting for 20 years.
As a state representative, Kuros collaborated with other legislators to place restrictions on how public-assistance recipients spent their money, preventing the use of welfare money to purchase alcohol, cigarettes, and other non-essential items.
But Kuros said other regulations need to be considered, including tighter restrictions on cash benefits to public-assistance recipients to make sure the money is spent on essential items.
Kuros also said his door-to-door campaigning has reinforced his efforts to help those in his district deal with personal issues.
“Our job isn’t just about campaigning, but also in providing services to our constituents,” he said.
Some of the personal stories, Kuros said, include a woman who needed assistance getting special education services for her daughter.
Also, a family that needed help securing a visa for relatives in another country to visit the United States.
Kuros said that no matter the example, his job is to provide good service to the community.
“The day-to-day action of the Legislature, especially this time of the year where people are so focused on campaigning, is all about constituent services, and we take great pride in our services to provide for our constituents,” said Kuros.
If re-elected, Kuros said he will continue to push for reform for those receiving public assistance, as well as reforms in local aid and health care, and to facilitate jobs creation.
Kuros said before his freshman class, there was a decline in local aid, making it one of his top priorities while he was in office.
“We leveled local funding. In my first year, there wasn’t an increase but that’s better than a decline. And in my second year, local aid saw an increase,” said Kuros.
But, Kuros said he isn’t convinced another bill passed by the Legislature this year – heath care cost containment – will help because doctors will continue to practice expensive “defensive medicine” for fear of being sued.
Kuros believes the law needs to extend to other areas of reform, including malpractice cases.
Another concern of Kuros’ is job creation. At the end of the Legislature’s formal session, a conference committee passed a bill on internship programs for entry-level professionals “to keep the talent within the state,” he said.
“There are so many brilliant minds in Boston,” said Kuros.
In his two years in office, Kuros said he has received the support of The Restaurant and Business Alliance whose Executive Director Vincent Errichetti has endorsed his re-election.
“Kevin Kuros has been 100 percent supportive of our agenda to encourage job growth in Massachusetts,” said Erriechetti.
Chip Faulkner, associate director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, has also endorsed Kuros, giving him the maximum $500 campaign donation. Faulkner said Kuros has backed the organization 100 percent over the past two years.
“We are glad to have state Rep. Kuros in office, we need more people like him,” said Faulkner.
Kuros said unlike his opponent, his endorsements are from pro-business, pro-taxpayer and pro-2nd Amendment organizations.
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