I’ve been thinking about Becca Rausch, the incumbent state senator from the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, which includes the part of Franklin where I live.
I’m a registered Democrat, so I was inclined to vote for Rausch because she’s the Democrat in the race. But I realized that I was being a little unfair to Becca Rausch, so I thought about the times I’ve met her.
I met her at Franklin’s Harvest Festival and at the Strawberry Festival with her kids.
I met her at the Black Lives Matter demonstration on the Franklin Common.
I met her at three different sessions of the Franklin Democratic Town Committee, some in person, virtual.
I met her at the Democrats’ holiday party.
I met her at Franklin High when she spoke about higher education.
I watched her when she defended her legislation on vaccinations.
I realized that this state senator of mine has been a very hard-working office holder. She really puts in the time.
I have a friend who complains that she can never get her own senator to answer her letters. Becca Rausch, on the other hand, never fails to reply. That means something.
I read Rausch’s on-line bio. She seems focused mostly on issues that matter to me—elder affairs; problems of children, families, and people with disabilities; issues in social justice, equality before the law, election reform.
And no one can fail to see a great deal of competent work, done in the public interest, in the long series of COVID bulletins that Rausch has published.
Clearly, this is a hard-working, accessible, and capable woman.
So I’m glad I thought about her. Turns out, I have better reasons to vote for her than I realized.
Maria Lucier, Franklin
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