Attleboro Councilor Seeks State Senate Seat

Sara-Lynn Reynolds will run in 2014 for the seat occupied by Sen. Richard Ross.

Since winning a special election in 2010 to succeed Scott Brown as state senator of a district that includes a portion of Attleboro, Republican Richard Ross has had his term renewed twice with no opposition. This will not be repeated in 2014 because at least one other person would like to represent the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District. Attleboro City Councilor Sara-Lynn Reynolds, who two weeks ago changed her voter registration status from independent to Democratic, said Tuesday that she will run in the election.

Reynolds stressed she has not made a formal announcement, but there were rumors about her interest in being a Senate candidate, and she confirmed they were true when contacted by Patch. She will not run for a second term as an at-large councilor because "I believe it is unfair to constituents to run for two offices simultaneously," Reynolds wrote in an email to Attleboro Patch.

Calling herself a fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues, Reynolds wrote that as a state senator she would be a voice for middle America.

"These last five years have been difficult for many Americans," she wrote. "A troubled economy has left many scrambling to hang onto their homes and jobs. Others have experienced divorce and illness. Having not been immune to any of the above, I can state that I too know how most of the middle class is feeling."

In a memo, which is attached to this article, she wrote she supports the following:

  • Allowing each healthcare applicant to access the system with a single point of contact, reassuring them they will need to tell their story just once and not multiple times, enhancing the chance of a speedy solution
  • Funding needed for education, including secondary, K-12, alternative and vocational as well as school-to-career partnerships and retraining for seniors and/or those that have graduated with skills that need updating to compete in today's job market.
  • Removing unnecessary regulation that hampers private business from entering or staying in Massachusetts. 
  • Incentives for business that want to locate to Massachusetts  
  • Encouraging stronger sanctions against businesses that fail to keep their promises of creating new jobs.  

She added that "more women in elective office would better represent the residents of this state."

The Senate district includes Attleboro Wards 1, 2 and 3A; North Attleboro; Franklin Precincts 1-4 and 7; Millis; Needham Precincts A, C, I and J; Norfolk; Plainville; Wellesley Precincts B, F and G; Wrentham; Natick Precincts 6, 7, 9 and 10; Sherborn and Wayland. Ross lives in Wrentham.

Darren Major May 02, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I never agree w/ Jerry but that was fair and pleasant - seems she makes a bi-partisan appeal possibly - maybe she will get a fair hearing in her quest for the ob
Darren Major May 02, 2013 at 07:19 PM
2 in a row - who wants lickspittles on the council - SJR has not been a rubber stamp -- good for Attleboro - maybe new councilors will follow Sarah and NOT learn to kiss up to the Mayor and Cook
Darren Major May 02, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Attleboro should demand its Senate seat be unified - my 0.02 only - i thinkdilutedpower is not a good thing IMHO
Jerry Chase May 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
A relatively latter-day comment, if I may, Bill K.: I was just trying to be fair with the lady. May I say that this "forum" on Patch is a great thing. Why, even now & then, I find a bit of common ground with many, including you, Bill K., Darren, & Gretchen. Fair exchange of ideas is a good thing, and this 'forum' provides opportunity for it.
Jerry Chase May 10, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Darren, Other areas of Mass. is 80% Dem, give or take. Does such "non-diluted power" mean for better government or better living in such areas other than here? I don't know: I've only lived here for almost 40 years. But, it's a fair question, eh?


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