Wicked Local Burlington
LETTER: A student’s vote for Ken Gordon
Thursday Posted Oct 6, 2016 at 12:36 PM | Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 12:40 PM
Long before I set foot in the Massachusetts State House as a legislative intern this summer, I knew the name and face of the man I’d be working with. Politics were on the periphery of my life, but this elected official was not— I already knew Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, to be a part of his district’s fabric, to be a visible leader that everyone could look up to. As early as my middle school graduation, I could see that Gordon embodied the democratic spirit of working from and for his constituents. His frequent appearances and participation at school and town events cemented his place in my mind as a politician whose first priority was not his party or his politics, but his people and their well-being. Massachusetts’s strength in our challenging economic and social landscape stems from the tireless efforts of officials like Gordon to put their constituents’ needs first.
And indeed, how tireless his efforts are. During my tenure in his office, the representative would have me and my fellow interns research a wide range of issues faced by communities all around Massachusetts, from the recent opioid scourge, to higher education access programs, as well as anticipating future challenges, like the integration of driverless cars into existing infrastructure, all to stay up to date on problems facing Massachusetts residents. No matter how diverse the issues were, however, Gordon would always tackle them from his district’s perspective, developing unique solutions and resources to help ensure that the 21st Middlesex district was ready to meet the bevy of challenges facing Massachusetts communities today.
In a time of uncertainty and political gridlock in Washington, D.C., officials like Gordon helped revive this apathetic student’s faith in the effectiveness of civic institutions. I never worked for Gordon— I worked with him, because his work ethic is one of fostering inclusive, co-operative solutions to problems that affect a wide range of people. His is an M.O. of civil service in the truest sense of the term, and American democracy is all the better for it.
— Pranav Menon, Burlington High School, Class of 2014
Wicked Local Burlington
LETTER: Ken Gordon is a ‘shining light’ seniors
As a senior citizen, I am most interested and concerned about the race for State Representative. Ken Gordon has been a shining light for us seniors – he meets with us at the senior center or at True North every month to listen to our concerns and to explain his vision for Burlington. He not only does this at election time, he has done it every month for four years. Issues that affect seniors every day: Traffic: Ken worked to get $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help eliminate the traffic congestion at the intersection of Route 3 and Route 95. Access to Public Transportation: Ken has worked closely with the Middlesex 3 coalition which has been bringing shuttle bus service to our businesses for their employees. Once enough of these shuttles are on the road the plan is to make them available to residents, including seniors. This will be a big help to those of us who do not drive. Senior Housing: Ken arranged a forum on the issue of senior housing, bringing in several speakers to discuss this ever-growing need in our town. He fought for and will continue to fight to get state funds for programs that will help seniors stay in their homes avoiding the expense of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities.
Council on Aging: The COA funding was increased by about $50,000 this year. Ken worked to get this done for us. We all know that our senior center can use some updating and Ken will continue to work for State funding for this purpose.
What I really like most about Ken is that he is readily available to take telephone calls, to listen to us seniors and to offer solutions to our issues. He may not have all the answers but he’ll get them and return our calls.
I am urging all seniors and those who have not yet become seniors to join with me to re-elect Ken Gordon as our State Representative.
— Janet Bellizia-O’Connell, Leroy Drive