Tuesday, December 20, 2011
And congrats to Will Brownsberger on his victory.
Dear Belmont: Hats off to all the Belmont residents who came out to vote in the special State Senate primary last Tuesday. I congratulate the other candidates on their strong, positive campaigns and especially Will Brownsberger on his impressive win. I want to express my deep thanks to the many volunteers who devoted long hours to my campaign. I’m honored to have had this opportunity to work side-by-side with you. I also enjoyed reconnecting with many old friends in Belmont and meeting many new people. I look forward to working with soon-to-be Sen. Brownsberger to benefit all the people of the Second Suffolk and Middlesex district. Thank you. State Rep. Jonathan Hecht
Monday, December 12, 2011
The Watertown State Rep. discusses his views on some of the issues facing candidates for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex state senate seat.
Four Democrats seek to fill the Second Suffolk and Middlesex state senate seat vacated by Steven Tolman. The special preliminary election will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Patch asked all four candidates a set of questions, the same set, to find out more about them. 1 - What areas of the state budget could be altered to make it more efficient, and how? Massachusetts currently collects $20 billion in taxes and allows $24 billion in tax breaks. I sponsored an amendment to last year’s budget that mandates a top to bottom review of every tax break. We need to examine if they are achieving their stated goals, and if we are receiving the intended public benefit. If we cut just 2 percent of the tax breaks, we…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The final four - Brownsberger, Hecht, McCarthy and Schofield – prepare to address Belmont.
In a race with no incumbent, the four candidates running for the Second Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate seat – who will meet at a Candidate's Forum tonight at the Chenery Middle School at 7:30 p.m. – have split into two groups. Current state representatives Will Brownsberger of Belmont and Jonathan Hecht of Watertown touting their experience on Beacon Hill, and former state firefighters union president Bob McCarthy and Brighton attorney Tim Schofield talking about ways they would shake up things in Senate. The candidates got their first chance to face each other in public last Tuesday night at a candidate forum run and hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown. The district includes all of Watertown and Belmont and parts of…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Brighton resident and Suffolk Asst. DA withdraws despite gathering enough signatures.
Although she collected enough signatures and was eligible to appear on a Dec. 13 primary ballot, Brighton resident Sheila Lawn has withdrawn as a contender in the special election to fill a Senate vacancy in the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District, according to the State House News Service today, Tuesday, Nov. 15. Lawn's exit solidifies the race as an all-Democratic four-way contest among Boston attorney and former candidate for Boston City Council Tim Schofield, former state firefighter union head and Watertown resident Robert McCarthy, Watertown State Rep. Jonathan Hecht and State Rep. William Brownsberger. Lawn, an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County is the sister of Watertown's other state rep., John Lawn. Clyde Younger, …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Watertown State Representative is Belmont born and bred; seeks votes in old home town.
Dear Belmont Neighbor, On Dec. 13, you will have a chance to vote for your next State Senator. My name is Jonathan Hecht and I respectfully ask you to consider giving me your vote. I grew up in Belmont. I share your interest in a strong economy and a caring community. Belmont is where I made lifelong friends, attended the public schools – Belmont High School, Class of 1976 – and learned the value of a diverse community. It’s where my father, Malcolm Hecht, Jr., who served on the Belmont School Committee, taught me what it means to be a good public servant. I carried those lessons with me to the Watertown Town Council and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. On the Watertown Town Council, I was the leading force behind …
Monday, November 7, 2011
In rare case, 20,000-member environmental organization select state reps in run for Tolman's seat.
Acting like King Solomon, a leading state environmental group decided to split its endorsement for the special State Senate election down the middle rather then disappoint a dedicated supporter. As a result, State Rep. Will Brownsberger of Belmont and Watertown's Rep. John Hecht Watertown will be sharing the endorsement of the 20,000-member Massachusetts Sierra Club in their race to replace the recently resigned State Sen. Steven Tolman in the Second Suffolk and Middlesex Senater District. “We don’t often endorse more than one candidate for a single seat,” said Phil Sego, political chairman of the Mass. Sierra Club, whose organization endorsed both candidates in previous races. “In this instance, both Brownsberger and Hecht have been …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Watertown State Representative is looking to fill the senate seat occupied by Steven Tolman.
Jonathan Hecht's primary goal as a state senator would be working toward a shared prosperity, rather than one just for the few, he said at a campaign kick-off event Saturday, Oct. 29. “We need to be working, all of us, on getting back to a vision of shared prosperity,” Hecht said. “The last 20 or 30 years, we have moved away from that idea. “Prosperity just for a few or just for the people who are connected is against what we as a country and what people are about in this area.” To build the foundation of a “shared prosperity,” Hecht said he would like to see more invested in health care, education and the environment. Campaign Headquarters Hecht and his supporters gathered at his campaign headquarters. The storefront, formerly Suphi Furs…
Friday, October 21, 2011
Two join Brownsberger, Hecht running for Tolman seat. Also, redistricting not an issue in race.
Former Watertown Town Council President Clyde Younger and Boston attorney Tim Schofield jumped into the race to replace state Sen. Steven Tolman, and other local politico is pondering a run. The Boston-based State House News Service reported that Younger and Schofield confirmed they plan to run for the senate seat. They join Watertown state Rep. Jonathan Hecht and Belmont's Rep. William Brownsberger, both Democrats, who are already campaigning for the post. A Brighton resident and Gulf War veteran who is a partner at a Beacon Hill law firm, Schofield is familiar with special elections, coming within 64 votes of becoming his neighborhood's state rep. in 2004, losing to current Rep. Michael Moran. Schofield also ran for Boston City Council …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Also picks up first endorsements in race with Watertown's state rep. Hecht.
In the first week of his campaign for the 2nd Suffolk & Middlesex district seat, Democrat State Rep. Will Brownsberger announced today, Wednesday, Oct. 19, that he has taken in $40,000 in contributions. The Belmont resident also announced that the Belmont Democratic Town Committee and the Cambridge Ward 11 Democrats voted to endorse him this week. Currently, only Watertown State Rep. Jonathan Hecht is challenging Brownsberger to fill the seat formerly held by new AFL-CIO president Steven Tolman. The primary election will take place Tuesday, Dec. 13 with the general election on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The 2nd Suffolk & Middlesex district includes Belmont, Watertown, parts of Cambridge, and parts of the Back Bay, Fenway, and Allston-Brighton …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Watertown State Rep. joins Brownsberger in race to represent 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District.
The Secretary of State's Office announced today, Oct. 13, that the primary election to fill the seat held by State Sen. Steven Tolman will be Tuesday, Dec. 13. And Will Brownsberger, who announced last month that he was running for the seat opened when Tolman was elected President of the Massachusetts ALF-CIO last week, will have a challenger in the Democrat primary. State Rep. Jonathan Hecht, who represents Watertown and West Cambridge on Beacon Hill, announced today that he is running to succeed the Brighton-native for the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District, which is comprised of Watertown, Belmont and parts of Cambridge, Allston-Brighton, the Fenway and the Back Bay. Hecht's candidancy was expected since the Watertown resident told …