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星期四, 3月 17, 2016

劍橋市議員張禮能宣佈參選麻州參議員

             (Boston Orange 周菊子報導)劍橋市議員張禮能(Leland Cheung)今(17)日早上10點 28分以電子郵件宣佈,將參選米斗塞郡(Middlesex)第二區麻州參議員席位。

            今年是麻州的州級選舉年,麻州參議員40個席位,眾議員160個席位都將辦理改選。有意連任者,都必須參選。9月8日初選,11月8日大選。
            米斗塞郡第二區的範圍,包括劍橋市(Cambridge),尚莫維爾(Somerville), 麥德福(Medford),溫徹斯特(Winchester)等地區。
            張禮能表示,這些地都有悠久,豐富的歷史,同時也代表著經濟及文化未來,所以他和太太選擇在此成家立業。
            這個地區儘管美好,仍然面對一些不可思議的挑戰,例如麻州政府打算不理了的綠線,房價上漲到許多人都得搬出城去,早期教育擴展計畫不斷推延,創新經濟對許多人來仍然可望不可及,環境岑岑可危,政府太過頻繁地把大企業利益擺在一般小家庭之上等等。
            張禮能表示,他決定參選麻州參議員,就因為他希望能帶動大家團結起來,要求政府做必要選擇,現在就採取行動,迎頭面對那些挑戰。
            根據2010年的人口統計調,這一選區的麻州居民人數約為167,996。2005年當選迄今代表這區的麻州參議員是Patricia D. Jehlen。她的任期將於今年屆滿,若競選連任,須在11月8日的大選中獲勝。(更正版)

下附張禮能宣佈參選麻州參議員公開信:

I wanted to share some exciting news with you: I’m running for State Senate.
Our extended community of the Second Middlesex district, including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Winchester, is an amazing place to live. We simultaneously enjoy a long, rich history and also represent the future, both economically and culturally. It's why my wife and I decided to settle down and raise our children here.
For all that's great about our community, we still face incredible challenges - a Green Line the state is threatening to let fall off the tracks, a housing market that’s pricing people out, persistent delay in the expansion of early education, an innovation economy that remains inaccessible to many, an environment in peril, and a government that all too often puts the interests of big business over those of small families like ours.
We have an opportunity to join together and demand that our government make the choices necessary, and take action now, to address those challenges head on. That’s why I’m running for State Senate and asking for your support.
We’re going to win this campaign in the field; people are going to be shocked see me personally at their door and in awe of how visible we are. But the Beacon Hill establishment is not going to be behind us. If you can chip in today, it would go a long way in helping us launch this campaign.
As always, I want to hear from you - if you have any concerns, if there is an issue you think I should know about, or if you want to help out with the race let me know at leland@lelandcheung.com or call me on my cell at (617) 444-9080. I hope that you will stand with me in this race and thank you in advance for all of your support.
Leland Cheung
Candidate for State Senate