Friday, March 29, 2013
Work this summer on Beacon Hill.
State Rep. Dave Rogers, who represents Belmont and parts of Cambridge and Arlington, will have two unpaid summer internships at his State House office in Boston. The internships are available to high school students who have completed their sophomore year, college students or graduates from the 24th Middlesex District. Internships at the Statehouse offer many opportunities, including policy research, constituent services, networking, and daily seminars presented by the State House specifically for interns. Interns will spend between 10 and 20 hours in office each week, and may also have the opportunity to do research out of the office. College graduates with additional time will have an opportunity to set up longer-term internships …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The plan focuses on investments in transportation and education while calling for an income tax increase coupled with a lower sales tax.
Belmont's state legislators reacted cautiously to yesterday's announcement by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick of his budget outline in the coming fiscal year. In submitting his $34.8 billion budget to the Legislature Wednesday, Patrick said the proposed income tax hike is part of a comprehensive package aimed at investing in the state's infrastructure including increased spending for public transportation, education and in driving growth. "The Governor has advanced a plan to tackle two of our District's and the Commonwealth's greatest needs - transportation and education. For years, in part because of the deep recession, key investments in these vital areas have faltered," said Dave Rogers, state representative for the 24th Middlesex …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Will be listening to residents at Sweet Peach at 2 p.m.
Dave Rogers will be holding his first office hours in Belmont as State Representative today, Saturday, Jan. 19, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sweet Peach Diner (Back Room), 628 Trapelo Rd. The Cambridge resident who won the general election in November to represent the 24th Middlesex District – the "ABC" district comprising Belmont and precincts in Cambridge and Arlington – in the state's House of Representatives filed his first bill on Friday, Jan. 18, allowing the state to transfer the former Belmont incinerator site to the town. Rogers will listen to constituent concerns and answer questions on legislative issues. Rogers' next scheduled "office hours" will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Beech Street Center.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Dave Rogers' mother and his family and friends attend State House ceremony.
During his campaign for state representative, Dave Rogers told of his family's experience relying on government assistance – social security survivors benefits – after his father suddenly died when Rogers was 12 years old, praising his mother, Maxine Fitzgerald Rogers, for keeping the family together to where all the children were able to attend college. So it was appropriate that when Rogers was sworn in the State House as the representative for the 24th Middlesex District (the "ABC" District comprising Belmont and sections of Arlington and Cambridge) in the Massachusetts House on Wednesday, Jan. 2, Ms. Rogers, along with his siblings and nephew and niece were in attendance. "It was particularly poignant for me to have my Mom in …
Monday, November 5, 2012
"This guy was better in person than his reputation preceded him."
I first met Dave Rogers when he rang our door bell early in his campaign. He had done his homework: he knew our names and he was talking to as many people as he could reach. A few days later we received a card with a handwritten note. Then, I started to hear more positive things about Dave. To me, campaigning door to door was already good enough. The news was that Dave was attending all the important meetings in town, he was talking to voters and listening to their concerns and through hard work and determination he was steadily gaining support. Above all, this was serious work ethic. Just a couple of weeks after he showed up at our front door I went to a coffee and got to know Dave. He grew up in Pennsylvania, one of seven children. His …
"[D]o I want a representative who has lived here for 26 years, raised a family here and whose daughter teaches in the Belmont public schools, or a North Cambridge resident who first walked Belmont’s streets six months ago?"
Monday, November 5, 2012
I am a lifelong centrist Democrat, who served in Bill Clinton’s administration as Assistant Secretary of Defense, a 44-year resident of Belmont, and I am supporting Jim Gammill – the independent – for state representative. Here are the issues that led me to that decision: A voice for Belmont. As my colleagues at the Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government have helped me understand, Belmont is a unique but vulnerable community. It ranks in the top 20 in almost every important measure of the quality of civic life. Its schools are excellent, its streets are safe and its core services (apart from roads) are excellent. But it also has a per capita income far below the communities to which it is compared (Wellesley, Weston…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Jim Gammill, Tomi Olson and Dave Rogers' final appeals to the voters of the "ABC" District.
Jim Gammill, Independent Open Innovative Government I am running as your neighbor. For 26 years I lived in the district, raising a family and enjoying all the benefits that come with calling Belmont and Arlington my home. For about ten thousand days you've seen me on the bus, on the bike paths, at the playgrounds, coaching sports teams, organizing outreach activities, and also just hanging out. I know this district first hand. I bring thirty-five years of professional experience to this race. As someone with a long track record of original ideas, I will make unique contributions to the legislative process. But the most powerful thing I'll bring to this job is your mandate and authority. By electing me over the two party candidates, you …
Friday, November 2, 2012
"Her thoughts on the MBTA, pensions, health care, Belmont Uplands, educational issues and elder affairs are ones I agree with her on."
Though I no longer live in Belmont, I grew up there and we raised our family there. I lived in the town for over 55 years and got to know it quite well. I believe in getting involved in your community and offering support where ever you can. I coached youth sports for over 10 years. I was then fortunate to serve on the Warrant Committee for four years. During this time, I was asked to chair the financial task force. Next I was able to serve as a selectman for six years. Finally was the great opportunity to chair the senior center site committee. The McLean project brought out the best in how a community can work together with strong differences and still bring about a successful compromise. During this time I got to know many great …
"His mix of experience, in both government and industry, provides a strong base for his work going forward."
I write to urge your support for Dave Rogers for the 24th Middlesex District for Massachusetts State Rep. Dave will focus on issues that are vital to Belmont, Arlington, Cambridge, and surrounding communities: public education, sustainable finances, transportation and other infrastructure, and our environment. These affect our families, and for many of us, our jobs. Chances are you have met Dave at your door or at an event around town. He has worked extremely hard getting to know all aspects of our district. He will bring his open, tireless, and effective advocacy for us to the State House. His mix of experience, in both government and industry, provides a strong base for his work going forward. This includes state and federal governments…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
"He will approach work on Beacon Hill ... doing what’s best for our district and the state, no matter what party politics are at play."
On Nov. 6, I will be voting for Belmont's Jim Gammill, Independent for State Representative. Although I have pulled the Democratic lever for years, I am confident that Jim is the right choice. Jim has a local perspective, having lived in Belmont for almost thirty years. He raised his family alongside mine and I know he will prioritize the school system and the local aid needed to improve Belmont and the district as a whole. Most of all, Jim is a hard worker. Over the years he has proven his abilities as a faculty member at both Harvard and MIT and as a nonprofit leader. He has been successful because of his approach to challenges: Jim is rational, collaborative and thoughtful. He will approach work on Beacon Hill with this same framework, …