Bob Montgomery Thomas submitted twice the number of necessary signatures as part of his drive to become Weymouthâ€™s next state representative. He is seeking the Fourth Norfolk District seat as a Non-Party candidate â€“ because he feels that the Party system is broken.
Montgomery Thomas is a retired design/build remodeler who specialized in kitchen and bath renovations and is a former machinist, auto body technician and automotive specialist; what the Democrats refer to as a “working man”.
A 23-year fixture in town, Bob has been widely vocal on issues that affect quality of life and other issues in Weymouth.Â He was a three-term Town Meeting member and a five-year member of the Weymouth Bylaw Review Committee; serving as chairman for two years. He was a leading organizer and Charter President (re-elected twice) of the Weymouth Lions Club.
As Lions president, Bob tenaciously advocated for the creation of the clubâ€™s â€œSpecial Childrenâ€™s Fundâ€ in order to help a Weymouth teenager stricken at birth with CP.Â After supervising a special non-eyesight-related fundraiser, Montgomery Thomas brought together some friends from Habitatâ€™s “Old Timersâ€ club to help build a wheelchair accessible bathroom and barrier-free shower to meet the young ladyâ€™s needs.Â He participated in the finish construction work as well.
Bob contributed time and materials for six South Shore Habitat for Humanity kitchen and bath projects; the first of which was in South Weymouth.Â Â While gearing up for Habitatâ€™s Abington project, he met the family who had been chosen to receive the low-cost home.Â He learned that one of their daughters had been stricken by a near-SIDS incident and that there was no provision for her special needs in Habitatâ€™s budget.Â Bob then decided to raise funds to make her life more comfortable.
With the help of Cape Cod Lumber and the Abington Republican Town Committee, and with donations from across the South Shore, Bob secured funds for the construction materials and foundation dig and pour.Â He and a helper then built a roomy first-floor bedroom addition to meet the girlâ€™s special needs.
Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1998, Bob was determined to beat back the effects of the disease.Â He walked seven-plus miles around the Boston Hatch Shell; raising the highest single-handed amount for diabetes research for that event.Â His efforts were honored at a later dinner with a select group of WALK fundraisers and the eventâ€™s master of ceremonies and then-Miss America Nicole Johnson.
Monty was instrumental in seeing that all of Weymouth’s WWII heroes and its two WWII Medal of Honor recipients were included in the then-new National WWII Memorial Registry by personally constructing a database of over 3560 names.Â Afterwards, he enlisted the help of a Weymouth Troop 9 Scout to convert his Word database to a datastream to get the registrations expedited more efficiently.Â The Scout went on to create his own local memorial site as part of his Eagle Badge project.
Montgomery Thomas was also a Charter Member and Treasurer of the Milton, MA Lions Club and the treasurer, purchasing agent, line cook and otherwise highly energetic volunteer in the successful Milton High School Boosters Club.Â Under his stewardship as treasurer, the Boosters were able to triple the amount of scholarship dollars to the student athletes through investments and other strategies.
Bob also coached for six years in the Milton Youth Basketball League; at one point coaching a Senior League team simultaneously.Â Bob continued coaching in Milton after moving to Weymouth because it was such a blast working with the fine young men; one of whom led Milton to a State Championship and another who became, and still is, a Marine aviator.Â Many of Bobâ€™s other players went on to very successful careers.
In Philadelphia, Bob helped organize two Local 159 I. A. M. shops and was the chief negotiator in federal mediation for the first of the two shops; simultaneously organizing and directing the striking shop workers.Â His civic rÃ©sumÃ© in Philadelphia also includes being a two-year president of the Parentsâ€™ Advisory Council for the District’s MGP (LATCH) program with responsibility to more than 4200 students and their parents.
Later, as a remodeler and small businessman operating out of a 1600 square foot store, Bob took on a project for a young man who had been crippled in a freak rolling-auto accident.Â No one else would go near it except for one firm that wanted an exorbitant amount to do the job.Â Bob converted the familyâ€™s garage into a wheelchair accessible bedroom complete with bath and toilet facilities in the adjacent laundry room for just the cost of the materials.
Since there were no architectural standards to go by back then, Bob sat in a spare wheelchair for five days to get a feel for the young manâ€™s situation and to make sure that ramp angles, turning diameters and clearances for his movements in and out and around his quarters would work. Â It was a labor of love in Bob’s mind.
Over time, people asked why he got involved in some of the things he did and he would simply answer, â€œBecause someone needs to step up to the plate and make things happen.â€
In each and every case, Bob took the lead and got the job done.
Montgomery Thomas sees a need for a more proactive legislator who knows that certain things need to be done in order to make an omelet.Â He feels that Weymouth has gotten short shrift over the last decade and feels he can make a much greater impact to make sure that Weymouth gets a fair share of the state’s attention and financial allocation.
Bob suggests that the best way to send a convincing message to Beacon Hill is to send him to deliver it.
As a Non-Party representative, Bob says that he will not be beholden to anyone except to the voters of Weymouth. He says that it could not be any clearer that the people of Weymouth deserve new direction and new leadership.Â Bob believes that he can fill the void and provide that direction and leadership.
Montgomery Thomasâ€™ immediate plans are several.Â Here is a partial list:
- State spending needs to be brought under control because our state government is broken â€“ and at a time of enormous challenges â€“ we need real-life solutions.Â Those who control the stateâ€™s purse strings have spent us into near bankruptcy and mortgaged our childrenâ€™s futures.Â In a time of great uncertainty, the powers that be have raised taxes and added more than 1000 new positions to state government while everyday working men and women are struggling to make ends meet and feed their families.Â People are losing their homes in record numbers and our alleged leaders are fiddling while our version of Rome burns.
- While the increasing national unemployment rate has been making headlines lately, the need for jobs in our community is at a critical level.Â To address this crisis, we must recognize that nearly 80% of all jobs in America today are created by small businesses, and for that reason we need to reduce the red-tape and tax burden on these critical economic engines.Â We can do that with time-proven tax incentive plans.
- Turning to our townâ€™s woeful eyesore â€“ Legion Field â€“ Bob has a design and an overall plan that he believes will qualify us for state and federal loans and grants to help get the job done.Â There will also be a need for community involvement in the way of volunteerism and donations from residents, as well as donations from local banks and businesses.
- Bob will fight for tort reform to help lower health insurance costs.
- Bob will fight for further, more meaningful pension reform.Â We are on the brink of insolvency because the state pension system is out of control.
- Bob has drafted and is circulating a petition to the Legislature for a waiver of our Net School Spending deficit and a three-year hiatus from the requirements until we â€“ and the state â€“ can get our financial houses in order.
- Bob will fight to roll back our state sales tax and our state income tax to five-percent or less.
- Bob will represent the people of Weymouth to the best of his ability â€“ in all 18 precincts.Â To accomplish that task, he will create a panel of from one to three advisors from each precinct to keep him abreast of what the people feel is important.Â This will be in addition to holding regular constituent hours â€“ in addition to meeting with the mayor and town council as necessary.
- Montgomery Thomas will work with the elected representatives of either political Party â€“ or Non-Party â€“ as well as with the governor and the state Senate to ensure that Weymouth reaps its fair share over the long haul.
- Bob said that his ideas may seem like rosy promises but the bottom line is that he will devote the next two years of his life to represent Weymouthâ€™s interests in the Legislature.Â Those who know him know that he is a tireless workhorse; one who does not look for the easy way out.Â Bob Montgomery Thomasâ€™ lifetime civic record reflects that.Â He gets involved because he enjoys being involved â€“ and helping the less fortunate when they need a helping hand.Â Thatâ€™s what families do â€“ and Bob wants to be an essential part of Weymouthâ€™s family.
With that, Bob humbly asks the voters of Weymouthâ€™s Fourth Norfolk District to place their trust in him and vote for Bob Montgomery Thomas on November second.
As an aside, Bob worked tirelessly and was able to secure about 800 write-in votes for Jim McKenna and also convinced a friend to run for state Senator for the Second Plymouth and Bristol District; going to over 350 doors in Hanover, in three days, and working the polls from dawn to dusk on Election Day to hand out more stickers for both write-in candidates. Â Bob personally distributed 650 McKenna sticker pads (and self-made more stickers when he ran out) around Weymouth and surrounding communities to make sure that “Marsha” has an opponent in November.
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