Milford area lawmakers setting new goals

By Monique Scott, Milford Daily News

Two area state legislators — a freshman from Franklin and an Uxbridge Republican entering his sophomore season — are looking forward to a new legislative session with goals of job creation, election law changes and increased financial support to local towns.

The Milford area will also see a new voice in Congress, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, whose agenda of economic revival and bipartisanship echo the themes of his state colleagues.

“I want to get the economy moving,” Kennedy said in a recent interview.

Franklin’s Jeffery Roy will take the seat as the new state representative for the 10th Norfolk District, vowing to continue in the tradition of former state Rep. James Vallee, who retired from the position this summer after 18 years in the House.

“Vallee certainly left big shoes to fill but I knew that going into the race,” said Roy, a Democrat. “Like Vallee, I will continue supporting constituent services and offering accessibility.

Roy, who spent 14 years as a Franklin town official, serving on the Town Council, as well as the Master Plan Committee and School Committee, said his main focus will be jobs and the economy.

He also wants to help speed completion of the Franklin High School project and to increase local aid during the upcoming session.
Roy hopes to serve on the education and criminal justice committees.

“I am delighted to be a part of the team and I hope to make it stronger,” he said.

State Rep. Kevin Kuros, R-Uxbridge, said he will continue to focus on increasing local aid and reforming the state welfare system.

Kuros, who defeated his opponent Robert Dubois in a tight race, plans to continue working for changes in the electronic benefit transfer program, including seeking an end to the cash-back option on the debit card system for welfare recipients.

Kuros has hopes of serving on the same committees he served on during his previous session — the Joint Committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technology, Municipalities and Regional Government, and the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee.

Kuros said he would also be interested in serving on the Elections Committee to push for a voter ID law.

“The key for any legislator is always to work with colleagues of good conscience to find common ground, regardless of party,” he said.
Kennedy, whose father, Joseph Kennedy II, also served in Congress, is replacing U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, who retired after 30 years of service.

“Frank set the bar high for any legislator, not just me,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy, a former prosecutor for Middlesex County, said his goals for the legislative session will focus on strengthening the economy, easing the long-term debt and finding capital for small businesses in the 4th district.

As a freshman and with the reputation his last name carries, Kennedy said he understands how hard he has to work.

The single lesson I learned from my dad was to work harder than anyone else,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy hopes to serve on committees with responsibilities over primary and secondary education, college affordability, life sciences, and foreign affairs. He welcomes the challenge and wants to be part of a bipartisan effort in Washington.

“It’s about reaching across the aisle. Even with the different visions and views you have to find a way to agree,” said Kennedy.

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