Senator Eldridge to Lead State Senate “Commonwealth Conversations” Metrowest Tour and hear firsthand from residents

Senators lead statewide tour to reach out to the people of MetroWest

NEWTON- Kicking off the next leg of a statewide tour of Senate districts on Monday, March 2nd, Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) will lead the MetroWest delegation to tour businesses, universities and local organizations to listen to the concerns of the residents of MetroWest.

Senator Eldridge will be joined by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (D-Gloucester), Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Assistant Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) and Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) The tour comprises the six State Senate districts that roughly make up the Metrowest region of Massachusetts.

The tour will begin on Monday, March 2nd with a stop at the Plainville Park Casino grounds to discuss issues impacting economic development in the region, and continue on with a stop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to discuss technology and national security. Senators will then stop at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell to discuss youth and public safety issues and continue with a stop at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, joined by Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, for a tour of the zero net energy building. Senators will tour the planetarium at the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University and discuss STEM education issues.

The Metrowest tour series will conclude with an open public forum at the Newton North High School cafeteria from 7:00-8:30 pm. All members of the press and public are encouraged to attend. Sign-up sheets will be available for individuals that wish to testify and speaking slots are available for two minutes per individual to accommodate all testifiers.

“The Commonwealth Conversations Tour truly demonstrates government in action and provides an opportunity for residents to connect with legislators so that we are accessible and responsive to those we represent,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge. “The Commonwealth Conversations tour is a true testament to the Senate’s strong commitment to ensuring that all people across Massachusetts are heard and can have an influence. I congratulate Senate President Stan Rosenberg for carrying out a model of shared leadership and his commitment to empowering everyday citizens to make a difference.”

“This is the fifth stop in our statewide Commonwealth Conversations Tour where we hope to hear directly from the people of the Commonwealth about how we can help improve their lives through our work in the Senate,” said President Stan Rosenberg. “We hope these conversations will help us craft our agenda and engage the public in the good work that we hope to accomplish this legislative session.”

The Commonwealth Conversations Tour is a statewide tour of Senate districts led by the local senators to reach out to local residents, businesses, and interests groups to listen directly to their needs and concerns with the hope that it will foster more civic engagement while helping each senator learn more about issues outside of their own districts.

Each member of the Senate has committed to attending at least two of these sessions outside of their own region that is not an adjoining district to their own. The tour dates run from February 4th through March 11. All members of the public are encouraged to participate. To read more about this effort you can go to the website at https://malegislature.gov/cc and follow on Twitter at @Ma_Senate.

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