Letter: Gonzalez and Palfrey an opportunity for state

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To the editor:

With much of our attention on the dysfunction of the Trump Presidency, it is easy to overlook that we now have the opportunity in Massachusetts to have exciting new leadership by electing Jay Gonzalez for Governor and Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor.

Recently former President Barack Obama stated: "Jay Gonzalez is a bold leader who has the vision, the experience and the heart to be an outstanding Governor for the people of Massachusetts. At a time when too many working families are being left behind, Jay is unafraid to stand up and fight for a government that works for everybody. He has the leadership experience to deliver on an ambitious agenda, including a transportation system that people can rely on and an education system that gives every child the high-quality public education they deserve. The people of Massachusetts would be well served by Jay Gonzalez."

Gonzalez has a strong history of governmental leadership; he served in the critical position of secretary of administration during Governor Deval Patrick's administration. He was also the Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of the Massachusetts health care reform law.

More recently Gonzalez, as president and CEO of CeltiCare Health, helped tens of thousands of low-income residents access the health care services they need. Under his leadership, Gonzalez turned CeltiCare Health around, grew the company's regional presence by multiple times, and added hundreds of jobs.

Gonzalez's goals for Massachusetts include: fully funding our public schools, making our public universities and community colleges affordable and debt-free, making high-quality childcare and preschool affordable for every child and family in Massachusetts, expanding our successful state health care law by covering the remaining uninsured residents of Massachusetts, and fixing and improving our public transportation, roads and bridges.

Gonzalez's running mate, Quentin Palfrey, previously served in the Obama White House as senior advisor for jobs and competitiveness in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy; he also served as the deputy general counsel for strategic initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Throughout the United States, we now have the potential of electing a new wave of needed political leadership. We can start right here by electing Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey.

Charles Joffe-Halpern,

Williamstown

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