A Vision for Securing Massachusetts: F.A.Q.

  • I am running to be your state representative for the Fourth Middlesex district (Westborough: Precincts 1 & 3, Northborough: Precincts 1 & 3; and Marlborough: Ward 2, Precinct 1 / Wards 3, 4, 5, & 6 / Ward 7, Precinct 2; (Locate your precinct here)

  • If you ask what makes our campaign different, it isn’t me, it is YOU.
  • This campaign is driven by your stories of struggle, your stories of hardship, and your stories of adversity. This campaign is driven by your courage, your hopes, and your trust. You represent all the reasons I am running, and all the reasons why I am so passionate about the issues that matter to you. The privilege of elected office is not the title, it is the privilege of representing YOU.
  • I pledge to be your voice: I will stand with you, I will fight for you, and I will work tirelessly on your behalf to build a better world for ALL of us. If you vote for me, it will not be me that is elected, it will be YOU who is elected. We can only achieve change when we ARE the change. This is YOUR campaign for our future.
  • It is easy to scream at the TV and post on Facebook and Twitter about injustice in the world - and yet be blind to the injustice in your neighborhood, blind to the injustice in your town, blind to the injustice in your state. We can only achieve change when we ARE the change.
  • I am running because I am tired of voting for the lesser evil. We should be fighting AGAINST evil, not voting for it. All I can hope is that people want someone who speaks for them, someone who will be true to them and their values.
  • Like all of us, I have faults, but please know that with every breath I take: I know I represent you, your hopes, and your dreams. It remains my great honor and humble privilege to have you in my life, and I pray as always for your health and your safety.
  • Thank you for this leap of faith. I hope you will consider getting involved, spreading the word, and funding our grassroots campaign. We need to hold on to each other - to build a better tomorrow, today.

  • As a physician, I have taken care of all people - regardless of color, caste, or creed. I believe I should also live that in my public life. My prescription for the times we live in is participation, not partisanship. I don’t want to be beholden to anyone but you. You will be the ONLY party I represent.
  • Far too many people who run for office check where the wind is blowing and tell you what you want to hear, or amplify what you have already heard. I have chosen to run for office to solve YOUR problems, to serve YOUR needs, and to advocate for YOU. You are my priority; you are the only party I am interested in serving and I speak ONLY for you.

  • Many physicians joke that the MD next to their names actually means “makes decisions” - and there is truth to that. As you go through the training to become a physician, it is beaten into you that you are not training just to be a healer, you are training to be a leader. You are being trained to lead by example, from the forefront, and you are constantly held accountable.
  • The expression “you are the captain of the ship” is used so often that it becomes part of the air you breathe; it permeates your very being until it is all you think about, all you want to be. You know that your peers and mentors judge you not ONLY on your diagnostic acumen or your technical skills, but on how you advocate for the needs of your patients, on how you lead your team, and most importantly, whether you stand up and take ownership when things go wrong - even if those errors were not committed by you.
  • Health care workers don’t lead by committee, they lead by putting themselves forward - every minute of every day. We lead by building trust, by looking our patients in the eye, so that they know we will be there for them. When things go wrong, health care providers don’t get to walk away. Unlike legislators, health care workers are not insulated from the consequence of their inaction or incompetence. Our patients pay the price if we choose to do nothing or do something poorly.
  • "Now are the times that try men's souls". Now more than ever, each of us must step up and put the needs of others before the needs of the few. No more than ever, "The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us". You don’t need a degree to care for people, all you need is a heart that cares. This Commonwealth was built on - and is nourished by - these values. They must not be allowed to falter in these challenging times.

  • No one is busier than anyone else.
  • Why isn’t anyone asking about the families who have to choose whether to seek medical help for themselves or pay their child’s college tuition? No one asks how so many of us come home exhausted from work, and then work a second job at night or on the weekend - to make ends meet working at jobs that are far below our dignity. No one asks how seniors on fixed income can live in a town in which they are increasingly being priced out of?
  • We all do what we have to do. If those who struggle in our communities can make sacrifices, it is the LEAST I can do to give some of my time to honor that sacrifice - and strive to make their lives a little better.